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Our Pick: walks from the Snow Roads

The Snow Roads is a 90 mile scenic route from Blairgowrie in Perthshire to Grantown-on-Spey in the Highlands. It includes the highest public road in Britain as well as several other passes which may be familiar through their regular mentions ...

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Ben Dolphin

Has this been a bad year for hay fever?

Of all the traumas that summer inflicts upon a pale, midge-and-tick-attracting ginger who is forced to skulk around in the shadows for months on end, hay fever is by far the worst. But while I’ve had my fair share of ...

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Review: Mammut Runbold Trail SO Hooded Jacket Womens

RRP: £110 Weight: 365g This softshell from Mammut comes midway on the spectrum of these jackets that fill in the gap between seam-sealed waterproof hardshells and super-light windshirts. The Rab Runbold Trail SO is made from Mammut's SOFtech fabric which in use ...

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Review: AKU Alterra GTX walking boots

Recommended Price: £180 Weight: 670g AKU may be an unfamiliar brand name to UK walkers, but the Italian company has 30 years experience making boots. Although based in Treviso, Aku also have a second production base in Romania where these Alterra GTX ...

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Our pick: Multi-Munro routes

If you are into bagging Munros, there's nothing more satifying than completing a walk that includes several of the prized 282 summits. Not all Munros are equal, and whilst some solitary Munros involve a great deal of effort, there are ...

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Linda Cracknell

Growing in the Open Air

'Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.' Walt Whitman 'Here's a question,' the Geography teacher leading our group said. 'How many words ...

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Ben Dolphin

Indebted to a damselfly

The insect world is a bit marmite really. I've met a good number of people who adore insects more than they adore the furriest, softest koala bear. But then I've met plenty of people who loathe insects with every ...

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David Lintern

Campcraft and hill skills - open fires

As we move into peak walking and camping season, I wanted to spend some time on what seems to be a controversial subject; camp fires. There's a huge range of attitudes towards when, where and why it's acceptable to make ...

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