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OS Map Finder

Scroll the UK map and click on a tile to see map availability. You can browse for OS Explorer maps or OS Landranger. The OS Explorer map series is perfect for hiking and off-road exploration. With the greatest detail available.

OS Explorer maps are at 1:25,000 scale, so every 4 cm on the map equals 1 km in the real world. They show the best detail including footpaths, rights of way, open access land and the vegetation on the land.

OS Landranger maps are at 1:50,000 scale, so 2 cm on the map equals 1 km in the real world. These maps cover a larger area than OS Explorer, but not in as much detail. You will still find footpaths, rights of way and some tourist information features on the map. OS Landranger maps are ideal for days when you are covering longer distances,

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Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps

Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer maps are at 1:25,000 scale, so every 4 cm on the map equals 1 km in the real world. They show the best detail including footpaths, rights of way, open access land and the vegetation on the land. This makes them ideal for walking, running, horse riding, off-road cycling and even kayaking and climbing.

Combine these maps with a handheld GPS unit and high quality compass and you will be able to safely navigate the toughest terrain.

South Downs Way – Explorer Maps

Click on an image for more detailed information and the latest prices on new and nearly-new maps. These South Downs maps are perfect for discovering the beauty of Southern England’s national park. Discover footpaths and viewpoints, tranquil locations and stunning coastal paths.

The South Downs are criss-crossed with a maze of legal footpaths that can take you far away from the main South Downs Way (SDW) trail,

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Dickies Hereford Fleece Jacket – Gear Review

Dickies is a name I have always associated with workwear – heavy-duty trousers and steel toecap boots. It is not a brand that I would think of with regards to outdoor walking gear. I was proved wrong when I received an email asking if I would like to review one of their fleeces.

As you know I hike Dartmoor a lot, whatever the weather and more often than not that weather is not always as warm as I would like. Dave the dog and myself have often found ourselves sheltering out of the bitter wind over a spot of lunch, high up on a bleak granite tor. Fleeces have become essential kit for my hikes.

Hereford Fleece Reviewed

Fleeces come in a wide range of styles and colours and Dickies have a good selection on their easy to navigate website. I chose a fleece that would be both warm and not look too out-of-place up on the moors or wandering the local rural canal towpath.

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15 Litre Hydration Rucksack – Gear Review

From reading my blog you’ll know that I day-hike all distances; from 6 mile meanders with the dog to 41 mile personal challenges. Every season of the year. I have a lot of great kit but something that was missing from my “must have” list was a compact rucksack.

The people at Trespass contacted me and asked if I would like to review some of their excellent outdoor kit, so it made perfect sense to test out a rucksack that was more suited to my idea of a shorter hike.

Mirror 15 Litre Blue Hydration Backpack

I chose this 15 litre capacity backpack with removable 2 litre water bladder, from Trespass’ excellent range of outdoor equipment because I’ve come to love backpacks with a dedicated water carrier.

Upon arrival I opened the package and checked the backpack over, as you would expect from the Trespass brand the item is well constructed and has several handy features that perhaps you would expect to find on more expensive kit.

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Basic Equipment for Hiking Moorland

This is a basic list of what you should have/wear when hiking. The list will evolve!

A plan. Check how much daylight you will have, your route, your fitness, are the MOD firing ranges closed to the public, check the weather forecast but the weather can be VERY wet and VERY VERY windy on Dartmoor. Equivalent of being out to sea.

Have a plan b for when you need to get off of the moor and onto safer terrain quickly. Plan food stops, never walk tired and hungry. Shelter behind tors / strong walls if the weather becomes severe. It does.

Well fitting waterproof hiking boots or sturdy footwear. Such as trail shoes. Ordinary trainers are NOT suitable at all. They don’t offer the grip and foot/ankle support you require.
Well fitting, walking / hiking socks. To stop your boots rubbing and keep your feet warm yet not too hot.

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Buff Original Headwear Gear Review

With autumn weather now firmly established in England my attention turned to keeping warm when out hiking. Let me introduce you to the Buff – The Original Multifunctional Headwear.

Original Buff My Review

So what is an Original Buff? Well it is a versatile neck tube in its basic form but there is a lot more to it than that. With a quick fold and twist it becomes a snug fitting hat, it becomes a mask keeping your ears, nose, neck and mouth warm, it becomes a scarf, a headband and much more.

Buff is derived from the word ‘bufanda’, which means ‘scarf’ in Spanish.

Already you can see how versatile a Buff is. The manufacture’s packaging shows you many more ways of wearing a Buff, depending on your chosen outdoor or indoor activity.

Autumn Hiking on Dartmoor

The version I tested is made from 100% polyester microfibre,

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Walking Pains – Superfeet Super Boots

I expect when I write about aches and pains from hiking most of my regular blog readers will be nodding in agreement; it’s a pain in the…..

I’ve always been a little heavier than perhaps I should be. I’m 6’1″ tall, 43 years old (2015) and broad build. I get stuck in kissing gates on my own, ha ha.

Walking Distance – My Mental Barrier

I knew in my head that I could manage a 20-25 mile day hike without too much extra training. I have the strength in my legs and plenty of energy most days.

What was stopping me reach my mental goal of +20 miles was a nagging pain in my heels. Plantar fasciitis became a phrase that haunted my Google searches. I could manage around 6 miles of hiking before the heel pain kicked in.

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Montane Terra Pants Review

My review of Mens Terra Pants – Outdoor Trousers by Montane. All items reviewed have been tested by myself when out walking / hiking. I walk in all seasons, warm sunshine, rain, wind and a bit of snow and was looking for good quality walking trousers that would tick all those boxes.

I wanted something that was lightweight to wear, quick drying and above all; tough wearing. I did a lot of research online and one brand name seemed to rise to the top of my search list.

I use affiliate links on this blog, which means I may receive commission on any sales made via the product links. I will always give my honest opinion and if I think a product is unfit for purpose, I will make that plain to see. Honest reviews and genuine testing.

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Rab MeCo Long Sleeve T-Shirt Review

My review of Mens MeCo 120 Long Sleeve Tee by Rab. All items reviewed have been tested by myself when out walking / hiking. I’ve always struggled with base layers. I tend to feel much too hot if I wear too many layers, or indeed too many thick layers.

Another downside of conventional layers, as most of us are aware, is the wet back from wearing a rucksack over a waterproof jacket.

I use affiliate links on this blog, which means I may receive commission on any sales made via the product links. I will always give my honest opinion and if I think a product is unfit for purpose, I will make that plain to see. Honest reviews and genuine testing.

Let me introduce you to the MeCo 120 Long Sleeve Tee by Rab.

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