25 Reasons to Fall for Autumn

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Autumn is our favourite season, and here’s why

Autumn is arguably our favourite time of year. Now before you start telling us about the cold and the rain and the fact that after clearing your garden of leaves,  it looks like you never even did it seconds later – hear us out. We’ve got plenty of reasons why you should embrace the autumn:

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 36: Outdoor Finds

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This week’s theme in our weekly photo challenge 

With Autumn approaching, the woodland floor is awash with discoveries for foraging. This week’s theme in our weekly photo challenge celebrates things you find when you’re in the outdoors. From small finds like conkers and pine cones, to unique and interesting looking rocks, trees, carvings etc.

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5 Campsites Ideal for Autumn Foraging

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Berries on the bushes and cosy campfire cooking, the experts at coolcamping.com pick out their favourite campsites for autumn foraging

When the air is cooler, the nights are darker and the colours of the leaves begin to change, there’s something wonderfully wholesome and intrepid about getting outdoors and making the most of autumn. Now is that time that the flora and fauna of the countryside is at its most varied. Chestnut trees are dropping chunky conkers, bushes are burdened with bulging blackberries and critters and birds are making the most of the autumnal goodies before winter comes. Camping, too, is still very much on the agenda, with a few more weeks for cosying around the campfire and cooking up something special before the season comes to an end. So, to help you find the perfect autumn locations, we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com for their pick of the nation’s greatest campsites for wild foragers…

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Infographic: Which Insulated Jacket is Right for you?

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There’s nothing cosier than an insulated jacket – but not all insulation is equal 

Insulated jackets are hugely popular in colder months, but it’s easier to make some quite common mistakes when purchasing. For example did you know you probably shouldn’t wear an untreated down jacket in the rain? That a synthetic insulated jacket might need to be heavier to be as warm as down? It’s important to research before you buy and make sure you pick up the item that is right for you.

In this infographic we compare some common factors that might effect which type of jacket you buy.

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 35: Adventure Doodles

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Friday 22nd September marks #NationalDoodleDay where celebrity doodles are auctioned to raise funds for the British Epilepsy Association. So in the theme of doodles, this week we’re not looking for lush photography, but your own outdoor doodle, and because it’s a doodle, it doesn’t need to be particularly artistic, just scribble down a picture of you in adventure mode, your favourite place – anything that relates to the outdoors!

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 34: History & Heritage

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Our favourite photos from #Scrapbookoutdoors this week 

Our History & Heritage week is in the history books, and we enjoyed all your photos from around the UK. The history of the UK is one of the most exciting things to discover when out and about, and here are some of our favourite photos that you sent in:

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5 UK Campsites for Stargazing

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With darker autumn nights closing in, we look towards the Milky Way and ask the folks from coolcamping.com for their tips on where to camp for the very best of the night sky.

August has been and gone, days are getting shorter and temperatures are getting cooler. You could be forgiven for thinking the time to put away your tent is drawing near. Don’t be too hasty, however. After a rainy summer, the weather is finally starting to brighten up across the UK and with the coming of early evening darkness comes some of the extra joys that a camping holiday brings – evenings keeping warm around a campfire, mornings sleeping in and dark, starry skies where you can hunt for shooting stars and satellites. To help you find the best spot for enjoying the night’s sky, we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com for their pick of five fantastic places for stargazing in the UK…

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 33: My Favourite Kit

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This week’s theme in our weekly photo challenge 

We’ve spent weeks looking at the places you like to explore, but this week we want to see the kit that gets you there. This week’s photo challenge theme is: ‘My favourite gear’, and we want you to share your absolute favourite bits of outdoor kit that you can’t live without. Whether they’re brand new, or an old favourite that you’re keeping going.

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 32: Outdoor Memories

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Our favourite photos from #Scrapbookoutdoors this week

This week we asked you to send in your photos of outdoor memories, and we’ve loved looking through some of your achievements, holidays to remember and much more. Here are a few of our favourite photos:

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12 Scenic Road Trips in the UK

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Travel the UK by road and make some stops along the way on these scenic routes 

While it may be easy to associate British roads with bumper to bumper traffic and reserve the rose tinted road trip for roads like Route 66 in the USA, there are some truly scenic routes in the UK. In the age of Satnavs we’ve become so accustomed to the quickest possible route, that we’ve forgot about the treasures that can be found on the ‘scenic’ route.

While discussing the merits of Britain’s ‘A’ roads may sound a little Alan Partridge, hear us out. Check out these 12 scenic roads in the UK – we’ve even found something to see or do on each one. Read more

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5 Waterside Campsites to Try in the UK

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All aboard! We’re heading downriver on a voyage of campsite discovery with James Warner Smith, editor of the Cool Camping guidebooks, as he picks his top five waterside campsites.

Whether it’s wild swimming, stone skimming or simply messing about in boats, there’s nothing quite like camping beside a river. The wide, flat meadows and green spaces that surround our British waterways seem ready-made for camping and it is often here, in these beautiful areas, that the UK’s best campsites can be found. To help you find your next watery wonderland, we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com for their pick of the very best riverside campsites in the UK. All you need to do is pick your favourite and hop ashore…

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 31: Show off the UK

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This week’s theme in our weekly photo challenge 

August 19th is World Photo Day, and while we’ve been taking photos all year long of our adventures, this is a great chance to show the world just how photogenic the UK can be! So this week we’re looking for your best of the UK outdoors photos!

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Beginners Guide to Geocaching in the UK

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Discover geocaching, a fantastic way to get the whole family outdoors.
What is it? How do you get started? Where can you go? We’ve got you covered!

If treasure hunts and walks in the British countryside sound like the kind of activities that you and your family could get into then it’s time to seriously consider taking up geocaching, one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the UK today. All children love going on a treasure hunt, even if it’s just a small one at home, and if you’re looking for a new way to get them out into the countryside then this is certainly the way to do it.

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 30: Rain or Shine

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Our favourite photos from #ScrapbookOutdoors this week 

How about that weather, huh? The British weather brings it’s own novelties to our summer months, but any true outdoors person will tell you: ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong kit’. You guys clearly agree, as this week you showed us your rain or shine photos, and here are some of our favourites:

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5 Woodland Campsites to Try in UK

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It’s time to wave goodbye to the changeable summer weather and seek out shelter in the trees. James Warner Smith from coolcamping.com chooses his top five woodland campsites for getting back to nature.

Sun, rain, cloud, thunder-storms… so far this summer we’ve had it all and, when it comes to going camping, it’s always wise to read the weather forecast to make sure you’re prepared for what’s in store. As well as gathering all the right camping equipment from your local Go Outdoors retailer, one guaranteed way to make the most of changeable weather is to find a sheltered campsite among the trees. Whether it’s the sound of the dawn chorus, the smell of campfire smoke or the sight of dappled sunlight as it dances through the leaves, it’s tough to beat sheltering away at a forest site. To help you find the best woodland spots, we’ve asked the experts from coolcamping.com to pick five incredible UK campsites where you can pitch your tent in the trees…

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Mountain Biking in Llandegla

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A guide to mountain biking in Llandegla 

While it’s only a small village in the Welsh county of Denbighshire, Llandegla is packed full of great mountain bike trails that attract riders from all over the United Kingdom. Just 20 minutes away from the city of Chester, Llandegla offers something for riders of all ages and abilities along with playing host to a number of exhilarating downhill events throughout the year.

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 29: At The Top

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Our favourite photos from this week’s theme 

There’s no better feeling than reaching the top. Whether you’re at the summit of a mountain and you’re greeted with stunning views all around (or even just  the very usual white cloud as far as you can see) or whether you’re tackling something else, this week we asked for your photos and here are a selection of our favourites:

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22 English Heritage Events for Summer 2017

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A selection of summer events in some of England’s historic landmarks 

There are hundreds of events happening over the summer at English Heritage locations around the country, celebrating history in different ways. Here you’ll find a number of recommended events for you to check out, from medieval jousting shows, to travelling storytellers to a World War II weekend. Ideal family days out for over the summer holidays in England.

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5 Campsites to Try in UK National Parks

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It’s National Parks Week! And to help you get out and enjoy the nation’s breathing spaces, we asked the folks from coolcamping.com for their pick of the national parks’ best campsites.

Famed for their natural beauty, Britain’s national parks are best appreciated by getting in among the undergrowth, breathing in the fresh country air and soaking up every inch of the scenery. So it’s no surprise that these revered places, from the North York Moors to the South Downs, are some of the most memorable places to go camping. To help you immerse yourself in the UK’s most famous locations, we’ve asked James Warner Smith from coolcamping.com to pick his very favourite national park campsites…

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Tips to Survive a Family Festival

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How to survive a family festival – Top tips from Deer Shed 

Here at GO Outdoors we just love the festival season. Everyone is in a great mood and they’re on their way to enjoy a day or weekend full of their favourite activities, and in the case of family-friendly festivals like the Deer Shed Festival it’s a chance to enjoy all of your favourite things with your favourite people.

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