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Lightweight Down Jackets by Sub Zero

September 28th, 2011

New Stock of Sub Zero Unisex Down Jackets

We now have the full range of Sub Zeros new  down jackets available on Sub Zero Store. These lightweight down jackets are manufactured from ultra lightweight down proof ripstop polyamide shell fabric, and contain 125g of ethically sourced European goose down insulation in 800+ fill power. The down jackets are so light (320g) that they pack in to their own small stuff sack, which is so compact that you can place it in your trouser pocket when heading out in the great outdoors. These lightweight down jackets are ideal for backpacking and winter walking, or as part of your emergency kit when higher up a mountain. Even your dog will be impressed with these jackets as they keep you warmer for longer, extending his walkies in the cold and snow.


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Swiss Alps 800 Mile Charity Cycle Ride

September 9th, 2011

A group of cyclists have started the biggest physical challenge of their lives – a gruelling 800 mile cycle ride from Crans-Montana in the Swiss Alps to Holkham Hall in Norfolk. The ride, which was the brainchild of Viscount Coke, is being staged to raise funds and awareness for Walking with the Wounded (WWTW), a charity which is dedicated to funding the re-training and re-skilling of wounded servicemen and women to assist them in finding new careers outside the military.

Starting in the mountain resort of Crans-Montana, the route will cross over into France via the Jura mountains before heading up through France, across the Champagne region and into England before finishing in Norfolk. The group, which includes several riders who only sat on a road bike for the first time this summer, aims to raise £50,000 for WWTW.

The charity shot to national prominence earlier this year with their first major expedition – a trip to the North Pole that featured HRH Prince Harry among the expedition party – which is the subject of a BBC One documentary, ‘Harry’s Arctic Heroes’.

The funds raised by WWTW’s expeditions and the ride will help finance new qualifications, courses and further education for those who are seriously injured, therefore enabling the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded to re-build their lives and to return to the work place.

Fergus Williams, Director of WWTW added, “During the course of operations, many young men and women suffer horrific injuries. When the wounded return home they face a very different future to the one they had planned, with challenges they never imagined and never trained for. For many, their future in the Armed Forces is unsure. This is the future that Walking with the Wounded is supporting.”

To find out more about the trip visit


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Derbyshire Walking Festival

September 5th, 2011

Autumn Walking Festival Steps Out

Autumn Footprints’ is the annual autumn walking festival, held in the Derbyshire boroughs of Amber Valley and Erewash that provides a varied programme of walking activities, from gentle family rambles, to more strenuous hill walks for the more experienced walker. Set in the heart of picturesque Derbyshire, it will run from Saturday 10- 25 September with a range of 32 guided free walks over 16 days. The areas are well known for their natural beauty, superb scenery, industrial heritage and attractive towns and villages.

One of the Walking Festival Co-ordinators Marion Farrell from Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire, said, “This Walking Festival is a fantastic way to see more of your local area. Each walk has two leaders – there is plenty of time to chat and admire the views. The idea behind the festival is not only to get local people to appreciate the countryside on their doorstep, but also to show visitors that you don’t have to go racing up to the Peak District to walk through beautiful countryside. Most of the walks are close to bus and train routes enabling everyone to get to the start point.”

All the walks are free of charge, and will take place in areas of local heritage and natural history interest, taking walkers alongside rivers and canals as well as through towns and villages. The walks are of varying lengths and gradient, ranging in length from one mile to 8 miles, offering something for everyone no matter what their interests or abilities. They are all led by knowledgeable local people who are enthusiastic to show off their local patch.

Some of the walks taking place are:

  • Amber Valley highlights include Round about Alfreton (5 miles) and Explore the Highlands of Amber Valley (strenuous walk, 7 miles).
  • Erewash highlights include The Lewis Wilson Memorial Walk and Top O’ Stanley (6 miles).

A comprehensive guide detailing all the walks and events is available free of charge from Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire, tel. 01773 535232, or log onto to download the full leaflet.


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