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Join The Walking Revolution

April 26th, 2013

Ramblers ‘Get Walking Week’ is supporting Britain on Foot, a campaign to encourage more people in Britain to get active in the great outdoors. If you know somebody who would like to ‘Get Walking’, then point them to our home page to make sure they stay warm and comfortable with Sub Zero performance clothing and accessories.

From 4-11 May, the Ramblers will be hosting Get Walking Week – Britain’s biggest ever short walks festival – with thousands of walks across GB, aiming to get 100,000 people to their feet. The Ramblers knows that getting more people out walking will lead to healthier and happier lifestyles, so this May they’re making it easier than ever to take those first steps. During Get Walking Week there’ll be thousands of free short walks of 5 miles or less led by experienced walk leaders all throughout Scotland, Wales and England, taking place in countryside, cities, and along the coast.

Walking has endless benefits, especially brisk walking: It’s good for your health; it lifts your mood; it is a fun, social activity that almost anyone can do without any specialist gear or equipment; it’s easy to fit into busy lifestyles; and you can start slowly and build up gradually – just to name a few.

Benedict Southworth, Ramblers chief executive, said, “We want people all over Britain to join the walking revolution and take their first steps towards a healthier and happier lifestyle. We’ve seen so many different people benefit from regular walking and we know it can make a positive impact on people’s lives.”

 

In England, Ramblers groups will be leading plenty of walks for all to enjoy. Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walk schemes, run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, will also be inviting people across the country to walk with their local schemes, to help them get walking and keep walking.

In Wales during the weekend of 4-6th May Ramblers Cymru will be hosting the Big Welsh Walk – inspiring families to take to their feet for some quality family fun outdoors. A flagship event in Cardiff’s Bute Park with family friendly activities will kick of the festival on 4th May.

In Scotland there’ll also be a variety of short walks to choose from, and with it being the Year of Natural Scotland, there is no better time to get outdoors and get active in beautiful surroundings.

 

For more information, visit www.ramblers.org.uk/getwalkingweek; Facebook – www.facebook.com/ramblers; Twitter – twitter.com/RamblersGB

 

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Good Clothing Advice For Spring Walks

April 18th, 2013

Despite the benign appearance of many British landscapes, it pays to be well-prepared for fast-changing weather conditions when out for a day’s walk.

Baselayers are the foundation of comfortable outdoor clothing. With a variety of styles, weights and materials available, there’s bound to be an option that appeals – and at prices that mean there’s no need to stick at just one! Underwear for women who love the outdoors has been a rather neglected area but we have top options for active women. Plus, we haven’t forgotten about the kids who get their own sizes in thermals to share the fun and stay outdoors longer.

Midlayers add extra insulation that turns a chilly day out into a cosy adventure. For general use, down the pub or at work, they are versatile, smart and hard wearing.

Softshell has really come of age and is no longer seen as an ‘odd’ category. Technical fabrics combined with shrewd design and sound manufacturing result in garments that are versatile and flexible in use in a wide variety of conditions. Windproof, warm and almost waterproof, softshell is a great choice for most days outdoors in Britain.

Headgear rounds off dressing sensibly outdoors – you can’t have too many hats! It’s not just hats, of course, and our neck tubes offer a range of ways to make the most of the benefits of the simple but effective design.

Cold hands and fingers can ruin an active day out so our thermal, windproof and waterproof gloves are ideal for staying comfortable whatever the weather. With head and hands sorted, don’t forget to treat your feet and toes with thermal and waterproof socks.

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Quick Guide To Britains National Parks

April 16th, 2013

Make the most of the late Spring with a good walk in one of our outstanding national parks. Here’s a handy guide with links to help you make up your mind where to go. Why not work your way through them all this year?

 

Exmoor National Park: 267 square miles make it one of England’s smaller National Parks. For further information go to: www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

 

Lake District National Park: Tackle some of England’s highest peaks in the Lake District National Park. For further information go to: www.lake-district.gov.uk

 

New Forest National Park: The New Forest is situated in the deep south of England, between the urban areas of Southampton and Bournemouth and bounded by the Solent. For further information go to:

www.newforestnpa.gov.uk

 

North York Moors National Park: Is a true northern treasure. Enjoy tremendous variety within a relatively compact area.

 

Northumberland National Park: If you wish to discover a landscape of limitless beauty and a welcome that is warm and genuine then Northumberland National Park, the land of the far horizons, will provide

an experience you will not want to forget. For further information go to: www.nnpa.org.uk

 

The Peak District National Park: The first National Park to be established, the Peak District National Park covers parts of six counties between Sheffield and Manchester. For further information go to: www.visitpeakdistrict.com

 

The Yorkshire Dales National Park: Sitting astride the central Pennine watershed. The Yorkshire Dales National Park has been described variously as wild, expansive, tranquil and, at times, awesome and bleak. For further information go to: www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

The Cairngorms National Park: Is the UK’s largest national park with a large mountain range at its heart. The habitat offers a secure haven for many of Britain’s rarest bird, animal and plant species. Of particular interest to hill walkers is that four of Scotland’s five highest peaks can be found in this National Park where the arctic wilderness is the largest example of arctic mountain landscape in the British Isles. For further information go to: www.cairngorms.co.uk

 

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park: Whatever the weather, offers stunning surroundings for your visit. For further information go to: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org

Snowdonia National Park: Covers 823 square miles of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in North Wales. For further information go to: www.snowdonia-npa.gov.uk

 

Pembrokeshire National Park: This is Britain’s only truly coastal National Park. It’s a spectacular landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills, and a place of sanctuary for wildlife. For further information go to: www.pcnpa.org.uk

Brecon Beacons National Park: stunning scenery with its own history and heritage, cuisine, traditions, myths and culture. For further information go to: www.breconbeacons.org

 

Dartmoor National Park: Is a stunningly beautiful area of moorland accented with wooded valleys and windswept Tors (towers). A wide open expanse covering 369 square miles (953 sq. km.), the area features some of the wildest and bleakest country in England. For further information go to:  www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk

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New All Weather Heavy Duty Survival Space Blanket Now In Stock

April 9th, 2013

All Weather Heavy Duty Survival Space Blanket by Grabber Performance Group USA was developed from insulation technology employed in NASA’s Apollo space programme. It will keep you warm, dry and sheltered from the wind if you find yourself in difficulty whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

These survival blankets are strong favourites with US emergency services, military  and search and rescue teams as they have a multitude of applications other than the standard blanket. They are also make economical sense to have in your kit as they can be re-used time and time again thanks to the durable properties of the composite fabric construction.

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