Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is a group recreational activity using inflatable rubber dinghies which can often accommodate up to 8 people or sometimes more (plus a qualified guide) which travel downstream on rivers which have flowing rapids (whitewater, which causes ‘wave like’ undulations) and which often speeds up and disorientates the dinghy …

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Coping With Up Hill Walking

We’re all only too aware that when we ascend anything – a staircase for example, the nature of gravity means that we expend far more energy going up it rather than down. If you enjoy hiking, it’s most likely that, at some point, you’ll be looking to climb steep hills …

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Joining the Ramblers Club

The UK is a great place to go walking and offers something for everybody with its varied landscapes and terrain and all in a relatively small space. Without the need to travel too far, you’ve probably got either rolling green hills, low flat fens, rugged mountains, chalk and lime cliffs, …

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Guide to Orienteering

Many people who have taken up hiking, rambling and other more genteel forms of exploring the countryside have often decided that they want to combine their natural love of the outdoors with something a bit more challenging and physically demanding. Some of them have, therefore, taken up the sport of …

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Tracking Wildlife

Although most nature lovers observe wildlife close up or by using a pair of binoculars, many gain an even greater understanding of animal behaviour through the interpretation of tracks and signs. This is especially true of rare and nocturnal animals that are rarely seen. Also, it’s a better way of …

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Considerations When Mountaineering

What is Mountaineering? Mountaineering is the pastime of the more adventurous outdoor type; it is a hobby or sport that involves climbing, trekking or hiking up mountains in order to reach the top. Some see this as a dangerous pastime but for many it is exhilarating and a test of …

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Camping Skiffs

Skiffs originate from back in the 19th century when they were used on the River Thames for leisure and as a water taxi service. To the uninitiated, they may appear to be simply an older version of a modern day rowing boat and, indeed, in many ways they are still …

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Camping and Pony Trekking

There are many activities a family can enjoy when camping, but one of the most interesting, especially for those who’ve never ridden, is pony trekking. It’s probably the gentlest form of riding and one that also allows you to explore the country very safely. It’s good for all members of …

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Taking a Musical Instrument When Camping

As far as camping activities go, there’s very little to beat an occasional singsong around the campfire. Songs that a family or a group knows can cement people together and create memories that carry on for a lifetime. But if there are just going to be a few of you, …

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Camping Activities: Bird Watching

What is Bird Watching? Bird Watching –also known as Ornithology – is one of Britain’s favourite recreational pastimes next to fishing. An activity that was once considered to be something of a ‘nerdy’ practice, Bird Watching has now become a pastime that encompasses both young and old and allows both …

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