Bikepacking has always seemed this method of travel that was just a little bit inaccessible to me. I don’t have a bike that could go off road, so there goes a large section of fun. I don’t have any bikepacking bags and after working as a bike courier for a summer I know how crap it is to carry a rucksack on a bike all day. And I didn’t really have any drive to try. As a long term follower of Bikepacking.com and loads of different sick Instagram accounts (Lael Wilcox is definitely one of the best ones) I always thought that it looked cool but I never really tried. Until now. Continue reading
A quintessential part of the Scottish mountain landscape is the bothy. Spread across Scotland (and also with some in Wales and England), the bothy has provided respite for the weary hike, mountain-biker, climber etc for many years. Bothies are little huts, usually old shephard huts, but sometimes old youth hostels, hotels or private houses. They are free to stay at and their upkeep is tended to by the Mountain Bothy Association. The MBA is a great charity and the funding for upkeep comes entirely from memberships.
Above is a short film I made whilst touring around different bothies in Scotland. Have a look at the MBA website, and especially their map section, to explore some of the amazing locations you can stay in!
When people think Cornwall they think pasties, pirates and beaches. And most people are right, Cornwall is absolutely full of those things, but the pirates are usually just old drunkards. As well as the clichés, the Duchy is also a great place to go wild camping. Miles and miles of stunning coastline, mixing sea cliffs and long sandy beaches and dunes, the county has hundreds of nooks and crannies that are perfect for a night or two under the stars. Continue reading