Active Travel: Brighton

Post in collaboration with Original Cottages There aren’t many cities cooler than Brighton. It’s full of quirky shops, great places to eat, a stunning sea front, and a wonderful atmosphere. It is also boasts one of the biggest marathons in the UK. If you’re looking for a weekend away, combined with activity, you could do a lot worse than to consider Brighton. I hadn’t been for a while, but when I learned that my political party conference was to be held in Brighton last September, my excitement levels started to build rapidly. It’s impossible to… View Post

The season of discount tents with Blacks

Post in collaboration with Blacks As I sit here typing this, I can’t believe that we are so close to September. It’s been a manic couple of months and I’m not sure where the time has gone. One of the things that you may have done over the summer holidays is to go camping. Or you may be thinking about going next year, or even with this heatwave expected to continue, be pondering a weekend break back to nature. I have to confess, I’m not the greatest camper. I coped with camping for the Spitfire… View Post

Hiking in the Alps with Quechua

If you’re a regular shopper in Decathlon, you may have heard of Quechua. One of Decathlon’s in-house brands, they are based at the foot of Mont Blanc in Sallanches, next door to the Decathlon Mountain Store. Surrounded by the glorious mountains, this is the perfect base for them to develop their hiking products, which are designed and tested in-house. Their head office is shared with Wed’ze, who were born from Quechua in 2007 and focus on ski and snowboarding activities.     Last month, along with some other bloggers, I was invited to spend a… View Post

Active Travel: Devon

Post in collaboration with Marsdens Devon Cottages Being a Cornish girl, it won’t surprise anyone that I’ve also spent a lot of time in Devon. My sister and her husband live in Teignmouth, my dad and my aunt both live near Exeter, many school trips took me north of the Tamar and I frequented the county during my junior bowling days in the South West Challenge. Needless to say, it’s a county that I know pretty well.     It’s also a great part of the country to visit for an active break with friends… View Post

Climbing Arthur’s Seat

I’m currently enjoying a couple of days in Edinburgh visiting a very dear friend of mine. It’s been a stressful few months and that combined with flu has meant that I haven’t been getting as much exercise as I’ve wanted to. I’ve been out for a few short runs, but I have found it very tough on my lungs. Some of that will be due to pneumonia with the subsequent fractured rib last year, some of it is down to telling myself that I can’t when I know deep down that I can. The bottom… View Post