Backpack

  • The North York Moors

    The North York Moors

    5th February 2016

    The North York Moors has trails to thrill outdoor fans, particularly around the little peak of Roseberry Topping Why There’s no mistaking the distinctive profile of Roseberry Topping, a hill in the North York Moors that compensates for its lowly altitude with a dramatic outline. A combination…

  • An adventurer’s life

    An adventurer’s life

    19th January 2016

    Self-confessed “lazy” adventurer Alastair Humphreys talks about boredom, arguing over spoonfuls of jam and why he’s the opposite to Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Words: Damian Hall Pictures: Dennis Danfung Professional adventurer Alastair Humphreys has spent four years cycling around the world, walked 1,000 miles…

  • Malvern Hills, Worcestershire

    Malvern Hills, Worcestershire

    15th January 2016

    Could anywhere be more fitting for outdoor challenges than the Land of Hope and Glory? Why This narrow north-south ridge links a series of mini-peaks, including Worcestershire Beacon, Herefordshire Beacon, and the aptly named Perseverance Hill. The flanks are so steep that magnificent views spill for miles into Wales to…

  • Scotland: Cairngorm Mountain

    Scotland: Cairngorm Mountain

    21st December 2015

    Ellie Ross takes the overnight train to Scotland’s top ski-resort for weekend of snow-filled action. At the front of a train packed with early morning passengers, I press my nose against the window and peer out at my surroundings. This is not your average…

  • Bridge of Orchy

    Bridge of Orchy

    20th October 2015

    What really are the essential ingredients for the ultimate weekend away for a bunch of outdoor enthusiasts? Well, our latest weekend adventure got pretty close to the perfect blend. Words: Sean McFarlane, Pictures: Andy McCandlish For such a small place Bridge of Orchy seems to be…

  • Walking the wall

    Walking the wall

    6th October 2015

    Challenge, history and dramatic landscapes abound on a 48-hour mission to walk the highlights of Hadrian’s Wall. Words: Jonathan Manning, Pictures: Visit Britain, Jonathan Manning, Nick Teesdale SONY DSC “Hang on a moment, lads,” says the kindly driver of the wittily numbered AD122 bus as we arrive in Hexham. “I can drop you closer to…

  • Pitch up and pitch up

    Pitch up and pitch up

    5th October 2015

    What a way to go exploring – pack a tent, and all the other gear you’ll need and go anywhere – well sort of. The legalities are a little confusing but as Stephen Neal explains you can pitch up and pitch up in…

  • Summit for the weekend: Symonds Yat, Herefordshire

    Summit for the weekend: Symonds Yat, Herefordshire

    2nd October 2015

    Hike, run, canoe, climb or ride through one of England’s most entertaining outdoor adventure spots. Why: Few places can pack in as much outdoor adventure in as little space as Symonds Yat. Straddling the River Wye, this outdoor playground offers canoeing and kayaking on the river, climbing on…

  • Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

    Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

    29th September 2015

    Hike, run or ride through one of Britain’s most dramatic landscapes. Why: As the stand-out view on an outstanding island, a close-up gawp at the Old Man of Storr merits its place on every outdoor lover’s bucket list. Blessed with soaring mountains, dramatic ridges, and spectacular seascapes, Skye…