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Spain’s most beautiful secret beaches for walkers

Lola Culsán and John Weller spent a year campervanning, walking, swimming and exploring Spain’s secret coast to bring you their new guide book Hidden Beaches Spain. These are a few of their all time favourite for those who love coastal walking. You can also read about their favourites for coastal wild swimming here.  They are […]

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Island bagging book – exploring Britain’s hidden islands

Lisa Drewe, author of island bagging book Islandeering, shares her favourite hidden islands for walkers who like to bag islands by circumnavigating their outer edge, from Scottish island bagging to little-known island in England and Wales Hilbre island, Wirral Distance: 8.3 km Walking time: 2 hours Grade: moderate, crossing tidal sands and mud Hilbre Island in […]

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Cycle rides with a wild swim in the Lake District, Yorkshire and northern England

Jack Thurston, author Lost Lanes Northern England, chooses his favourites rides with a wild swim It is scientifically proven that you can revive tired leg muscles by submerging them in cold water. I’ve used this trick any number of times and it really works. A wild swim is not only good for the body, but […]

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Wales Coast – our favourite wild wonders

Daniel Start, author of the new Wild Guide to Wales, shares his favourite wild wonders of the Welsh coast.. p.s. are you looking for somewhere by the Welsh coast to stay? Wild Things now has two beautiful places to rent out on the north Pembrokeshire coast near Newport with views over the Preseli mountains. Perfect […]


Wild Wales – Seven Secret Wonders

Daniel Start’s new compendium of adventures to Wales, from the best-selling Wild Guide series, contains over 1000 hidden places, and publishes on 1st May. Here he picks seven amazing natural wonders that very few people even know about. 1) The quarry or caverns – Dinorwig, Llanberis Centuries of slate mining have left extraordinary features all […]

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Best bothies in Scotland

Co-author of the new Wild Guide Scotland, Richard Gaston, shares his top 5 Scottish Bothies The bothy is a remarkable part of Scotland’s outdoor culture – a basic accommodation left unlocked, for anyone to shelter in. Maintained by the volunteers of the Mountain Both Association and generous landowners, no full Scottish outdoor experience would be […]

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Wild Portugal – from wolf traps to skinny dips

Edwina Pitcher, author of Wild Guide Portugal, gave a talk at Stanfords Travel Bookshop last week in Covent Garden, where she shared some of her favourite, and less expected, wild places from that beautiful country. While Portugal is known for its blue skies and sandy beaches but there are several unexpected wild places just inland. […]

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How to climb trees

For the majority of us, tree climbing brings back memories of our childhood. When you would stand at the bottom of a tree, mapping out your route before attempting to climb to the highest point. Many of us will remember that feeling of joy when reaching the top, shortly followed by that daunting feeling that […]


Wild canoe camp on the River Wye

Joey Holmes from Cool of the Wild shares her top tips for canoe camping.. Probably my favourite thing to do in life is to go camping. Sleeping out in my back garden or pitching up on a crowded campsite used to be just enough for me to get my camping kicks – camping is camping and I […]

Tarpology – how to set up a micro shelter

Next to tents, the tarp is the most important bit of shelter the wilderness traveller carries. For a solo/tandem little tarp, go for nothing less than 3m long and 2m wide. Use a big tarp for groups, the bigger the better, up to about 5m max and the same wide. PU proofed nylon is pretty […]