15 Outdoor Ideas for Kids this Autumn

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Turn those square eyed TV monsters into wide-eyed wandering explorers 

The weather is getting colder, the hours of daylight are getting shorter but these aren’t reasons to stay indoors this half term. Spending family time outdoors when young can kickstart a lifelong love for adventure. It’s easier in summer, so here are a few tips for the autumn months to try.

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 40: Map & Compass

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This week’s theme in our weekly photo challenge 

16th – 22nd October is  Ordnance Survey’s #NationalMapReadingWeek, getting people interested in the vital outdoor skill of map reading. So, as you should all have been getting excited by the wonderful skills and content that is available from them this week, then we’ve set the week’s #scrapbookoutdoors theme to maps/compasses/navigation.

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Map Reading Basics with Ordnance Survey

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Celebrate #NationalMapReadingWeek With These Map Reading Basics

Map reading is a timeless outdoor skill that can save your life. Over the years it feels like less people are learning to read maps with it often being that case that we lean more toward GPS systems. We always recommend to have a map & compass in your rucksack when out on a walk, it will always be there when the battery on your tech dies. Int his post we’ve featured some fantastic videos from Ordnance Survey which teach you some map reading basics.

So whether you want to hone your skills, or learn something completely new – these videos should be able to give you some advice.

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 39: Autumn

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Our favourite photos from this week’s photo challenge theme 

There’s no denying that Autumn is consistently one of the prettiest times of year and offers a lot for your outdoor photos. This week, we wanted to celebrate those colder days and warmer colours with our ‘autumn’ theme. Here are a few of our favourite photos, submitted by you:

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 38: Sunrise/Sunset

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Our favourite photos from #ScrapbookOutdoors this week

Autumn brings with it some crisp clear skies, and some stunning sunsets and sunrises (and you don’t have to wait till late evening for them!) so this week we asked you for your best shots of the sun going down, or coming up. There were so many stunning shots to choose from, and here are some of our favourites:

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 37: Animals

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Our favourite photos from this weeks photo challenge theme

October 4th marks #WorldAnimalDay, so on the week leading up to it, we asked to see your ANIMAL PHOTOS!! Whether it’s your faithful four-legged adventure companion or animals you’ve discovered on your adventures, you sent them in their plenty, here were some of our favourites:

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Introducing the Berghaus Ridgemaster & Fellmaster

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Stride into autumn with new GORE-TEX® jackets from Berghaus

Here at GO Outdoors, we are really excited about the latest Berghaus jackets that have landed.  They’re brand new for autumn/winter 2017, but you could say that they have been 40 years in the making!  Berghaus was the first company in Europe to launch a GORE-TEX® jacket, way back in 1977.  That moment was a game changer for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere and the two companies have worked together very closely ever since, setting the standard for the design and development of waterproof and breathable fabrics and clothing for use in all conditions.

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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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Some of our favourite photos from #ScrapbookOutdoors this week 

This week we wanted to see your ‘outdoor finds’, and these could have been anything – simply something you’d discovered on your walk. We’ve had a few stunning shots sent through, and here are some of our favourites:

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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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