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December challenge: watch the sun rise and set (and write about it)

On December 1, 2018, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Writing, With No Comments

Last January I cycled from Bath to Ware over the course of two days, days in which I saw the whole day from sunrise to sunset and every moment in between. It was quite an experience, to be conscious of the slow shift of the earth, and feel wild nature…

October challenge: outdoor swim

On October 1, 2018, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Cycling, With No Comments

‘…being by and in water is more than just a pleasure, it is at the core of our human condition’ ~ Sir Alistair Hardy, 1950s I have swum off most of the coastline in Britain. From the luscious coves and clear turquoise waters of Cornwall and the furious surf of…

June challenge: camping/sleeping outside

On June 1, 2018, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Cycling, With No Comments

I always used to hate camping. On my first big cycle tour, around the coast of Britain, I eschewed canvas for a plan and a bed each night. Writing for Al Humphrey’s blog I explained why this not only gave me two months’ worth of comfy sleeps, it also saved…

May challenge: grow (or forage) your own

On May 11, 2018, Posted by , In #GetOutside, With No Comments

As the season has finally sprung towards summer, now is the perfect time to get outside and get growing. Cultivating your own food is a satisfying and enriching experience, not to mention easy, cheap and delicious. In a garden Tomatoes and courgettes are among the more beginner-friendly of vegetables to…

April challenge: active travel to work

On April 10, 2018, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Cycling, With No Comments

Though it still feels like winter, it really is spring. Honestly. There are new leaves on the tree opposite my boat and I can even see some blossom starting to bud. Now might be the time to dust off the bike and start breathing in some of that warm(ish) air. Active…

March challenge: go for a run

On March 9, 2018, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Running, With No Comments

I never used to understand running. Why would you put yourself through sweaty, painful, injury-inducing exercise that was slow and boring? Give me a bicycle any day. But then I signed up for an Ironman triathlon, and was forced to learn to run (a marathon of all things – having…

February challenge: a lunch hour adventure

On February 1, 2018, Posted by , In #GetOutside, With No Comments

The lunch hour: that sacred 60 minutes in the middle of the day when you’re not required to work. It is so tempting to eat a sandwich at your desk and crack on through with that endless list of emails (I know, I have done it), but instead, could you…

January challenge: could you walk 1000 miles?

On January 28, 2018, Posted by , In #GetOutside, With No Comments

This month’s challenge is to walk more. That could be walking to work, or taking a stroll during your lunch hour, or going for a Sunday ramble to the pub. It could be finding the footpaths that go through unexplored parts of your local area, it could be heading out…

Get Outside in 2018

On January 28, 2018, Posted by , In #GetOutside,Cycling,Lifestyle, With No Comments

Fresh air is a wonderful thing. Spending time outdoors makes us happier, healthier and gives us time to enjoy the miracle of nature; something that is all too easily overlooked in the hectic routine of modern life. In January I spent two days enjoying some fresh air in the New…