Team Social Hiking taking part in 10 in 10: not too late to join us!

On 21st June, a group of Social Hikers and other friends are taking part with me in the 10 in 10 challenge – hiking 10 peaks in the Lake District in 10 hours in aid of MS Society.

So far there are 13 of us registered (and a few more maybes), and it is not too late to join us – there are still places on the challenge available, and I would love it if you would join us.

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Chocolate Fish discontinue their baselayers

If you asked me what my favourite item of outdoor clothing is, I would answer, without hesitation, ‘my Chocolate Fish merino baselayer’. I actually have two – my first one suffered an accident with a dodgy washing machine and was badly ripped in several places… but I still wear it… (albeit in the privacy of my bed and much to the disgust of my partner!). I even contributed towards one for my brother, who wears baselayers throughout all of winter. My experience of other makes is, I admit, ultimately quite limited – I had an Icebreaker, which shrank after the first few washes and did not seem to regulate temperature evenly, and then I discovered Chocolate Fish – soft to wear, a good fit (long torso length), kept an even temperature and never shrunk in the wash. It looked like my search for the perfect baselayer had come to a quick end!┬áSo it was with some sadness that I received an email from Chocolate Fish that they are discontinuing their baselayers.

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Reflecting on 6 years of blogging after being shortlisted for Go Outdoors Walking Blog Awards 2014

I started this blog (originally as countryside-walks.org.uk, then a few months later moving to mycountryside.org.uk) back in March 2008 (has it really been that long?). I had just started walking again (for the first time since a child) and, inspired by a few other walking blogs I had discovered (but long forgotten), I wanted a place to record my walks and share my experience.

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