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Five reasons why you should head to the forest this summer
Each season in the forest has something special to offer. The forest is alive in the summer! Our friends at Forest Holidays have gathered a few reasons why – and especially for GO Outdoors customers, you can even have a 5% discount on breaks this summer.
Explore the week, not just the weekend
Lighter evenings are an ideal time to get your daily dose of vitamin D by pledging to give yourself an hour or so outside after work. We’ve pulled together a list of ideas for you to enjoy the light evenings, and a few reasons why spending more time outside after work might be a good idea.
The recognition keeps rolling for Calibre Bikes
Calibre Bikes have been recognised at the Retail Week Awards 2018 scooping The American Express Own-Brand Range or Product award. At GO Outdoors our main aim is to make the outdoors accessible for all and part of that is making sure that you can enjoy quality innovative products at the most affordable prices possible. This is exactly what we look for in our exclusive brands and Calibre Bikes is no different.
Find out where some of the best endurance events are taking place this year across the UK.
Do you like to push yourself to the limit? We’ve put together a perfect list just for you. Here you’ll find over 80 grueling, challenging and even muddy events for you to throw yourself into in 2018. Why not test yourself and smash your goals this year?
How can you get fit without the costly gym membership?
January comes with a torrent of celebrity-endorsed fitness DVD’s and all the local Gym’s telling you that it’s a new year and a new you (for their small sign up fee). While gyms are great for fitness, there are also plenty of ways to keep fit outdoors, and the scenery is a little nicer too.
Here we take a look at the best ways to lose a few pounds through 2018:
A Guide to Mountain Biking at Cannock Chase
The West Midlands is full of woodland and countryside presenting the ideal opportunity to get out and about on two feet or two wheels. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys getting out on your bike at any opportunity, getting the adrenaline pumping and experiencing all kinds of different tracks and trails then mountain biking on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire is definitely for you.
This area of the West Midlands has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but it’s not just comprised of rolling countryside, wildlife and woodland – it’s an outstanding place to test your mountain biking skills to the limit, or to give it a try for the first time.
Ideal gifts for a family of cyclists
Cycling is one of the most fun ways to get the whole family outdoor and active. If you’re planning to cycle more in 2018, we’ve pulled together some ideal gifts for the family that likes to get out on their bikes.
A guide to mountain biking in Swinley Forest
Just an hour outside of London, you’ll find Swinley Forest trail centre in Bracknell, Surrey. One of the best trail centres in the south of England, Swinley Forest offers fast, flowing trails that are ideal in all weathers.
If you’re looking for a bike this Christmas, you may be wondering where to start. It’s not always easy to choose the right one when there are so many styles on offer. So which one should you pick?
When choosing a new bike or picking one for someone else, you need to have a think about what the rider will want to achieve, and where the bike might be ridden.
Let’s take a look at the different styles we have on offer here at ‘GO’.
Tips to get your bike ready for the winter months
The temperature has dropped and in the words of the Stark family; ‘winter is coming’, but that doesn’t mean you have to retire your bike for the season.
Here are some tips to get your bike ready for winter:
Tips for staying safe when out on your bike this winter
It’s that time of year where the hours of daylight are getting shorter, making it increasingly important to stay safe when out on your bike, especially if you are a commuter. Chances are if you cycle to work then you either set off in the dark in the morning or at least ride home in the dark – maybe even both. Here are some safety tips for cycling in the dark:
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.
Family friendly bike trails around the UK
There is no easier way to get the kids out and enjoying the outdoors than on a bike. It’s an easier sell than a walk as it’s arguably closer to play than other forms of exercise. Here we’ve compiled a list of 15 fantastic family friendly cycle trails around the UK for you to try, and while most of the trails also accept walkers and even horse riders – you can’t go wrong with taking them on, on two wheels.
GO Outdoors & Ride Sheffield help bring Lady Canning’s MTB Trail to the Outdoor City
The outdoor scene in Sheffield is buzzing right now with a real focus on becoming the nations ‘Outdoor City‘, so when Ride Sheffield were looking to crowd fund some brand new mountain bike trails just outside the city where it all began for GO Outdoors, we just had to get involved.
A guide to mountain biking in Forest of Dean
As one of the UK’s most picturesque and rural locations, the Forest of Dean is a haven for walkers and cyclists alike. With rolling hills and picturesque countryside all around the Forest is the oldest oak forest in the country and features a number of great mountain bike trails and events catering to riders of all abilities and ages.
Like a Boss – Introducing the 2017 Calibre Bossnut
In 2015 Calibre made waves on the mountain bike market with the unveiling of the Bossnut mountain bike, the crown jewel in a range that was starting to receive all the right kind of looks from the two wheeled community. The Calibre Bossnut would go on to change what people thought a £1000 mountain bike could be, it won ‘Bike of the Year’ 2015 from MBR magazine and came runner up in 2016 also, as well as a string of great reviews from other established mountain bike press.
It’d be easy to sit back on the early success of the Bossnut, but the Calibre team went back to the workshop with one thing on their mind; ‘Can we make this even better?’
Meet the new Boss
Woodland day trips for the whole family
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. If you go down to the wood today, you’re likely to find stories to tell, stunning trees, and winding paths to explore and enjoy. The British forests and woodland are a real thing of beauty, and they’re just waiting for your family adventures. So if you’re looking for a family day out this year, why not check out some of these?
The arrival of the BEAST
In the immortal words of Hunter S. Thompson: ‘He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man’. The mountain biking world has been a buzz about the arrival of the limited edition, almost mythical ‘Beastnut’ from Calibre, and we’re delighted to say we’ve got the first video footage of it out in the wild.
If the Six Nations countries faced off in a battle of the outdoors? Who’d win?
As we welcome in February, along with it comes the Six Nations rugby tournament. We’re not so much into rugby, but we do love the six nations that take part. So we got to thinking, what if the six nations taking part faced off in a head to head vote with the best of their outdoors on offer? So that’s exactly what we’re going to do:
How To Shoot Outdoor Photos Like A Pro – Whatever Your Device
You’re new to the outdoors and you want to show your friends and family just what they’re missing out on. So how can you entice them to join you on your countryside walk or mountain biking trip? By capturing incredible, high-quality images that reflect exactly how you saw the landscape – striking, colourful, and dramatic.