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A family outdoor adventure is much better than an afternoon playing Minecraft  © Rachel Crolla & Carl McKeating

Why You Should Get Out More With the Kids

Outdoors writer and primary school teacher Rachel Crolla, co-author of a new child-oriented guide to the Lake District, explains why having outdoor adventures with the children is more important than ever.


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Bog cotton  © johnhenderson

opinion Give Peat a Chance

There's far more to peat than wet feet. From climate change and flood management to wildlife habitat, the humble blanket bog plays a huge role, says Lyndon Marquis - and it's up to us hillwalkers to look after it.

The lower terraces of the Allt a' Chaorainn  © David Lintern
The lower terraces of the Allt a' Chaorainn  © David Lintern

opinion Glen Etive Hydro: a Symbol of Sacrifices to Come

Glen Etive's controversial hydro projects are a planning failure, and a symptom of environmental doublethink at policy level, says Texa Sim. Aside from the scenic impact, the evidence suggests they will also be bad news for the local ecology.

Maybe some moments actually aren't worth sharing after all...?  © Dan Bailey
Maybe some moments actually aren't worth sharing after all...?  © Dan Bailey

opinion The Trouble with Social Media in the Outdoors

In his series of essays on environmental ethics, Tomas Frydrych wrestles with big questions all outdoor folk could ask themselves: here it's the impact of social media

Rescue in the clouds  © johnhenderson
Rescue in the clouds  © johnhenderson

When Should Mountain Rescue Refuse a Call-Out?

Does every cold or tired caller deserve the help of mountain rescue? Judy Whiteside, Editor of Mountain Rescue...

Lochan nan Cat - an inspiring outdoor image perhaps, but how sustainable is the kit that kept me warm shooting it?  © Tomas Frydrych
Lochan nan Cat - an inspiring outdoor image perhaps, but how sustainable is the kit that kept me warm shooting it?  © Tomas Frydrych

opinion How Green is Your Gear? Not Very

In this series of environmental opinion pieces, Tomas Frydrych wrestles with some big questions. This time he examines the outdoor gear...

The Open Forum event.  © BMC
The Open Forum event.  © BMC

The BMC - Rolling with the Times?

Writer, journalist and former Vice President of the BMC, Ed Douglas, reflects on the changing faces of climbing,...

Crumbling road edges on the A82 in Glen Coe  © Emily Donoho
Crumbling road edges on the A82 in Glen Coe  © Emily Donoho

We Need to Talk About Potholes

The cold winter has delighted walkers & climbers, but also put pressure on our crumbling roads. Some of the worst potholes can be...

Achnanclach bothy - is it ever likely to get overrun?  © John Burns
Achnanclach bothy - is it ever likely to get overrun?  © John Burns

bothy Are Bothies Being Commercialised to Death?

Sustainability montage  © Tomas Frydrych
Sustainability montage  © Tomas Frydrych

opinion Sustainability in the Outdoors Depends on Fair Shares

Thirlmere - a new test case for the future of our National Parks  © Mike Prince
Thirlmere - a new test case for the future of our National Parks  © Mike Prince

The Thirlmere Zipwire is a Threat to the Lake District

Red grouse montage  © Tim Melling
Red grouse montage  © Tim Melling

Back the Ban on Driven Grouse Shooting

Kahtoola Microspikes  © Tomas Frydrych
Kahtoola Microspikes  © Tomas Frydrych

Microspikes - Use with Care, or Not At All

Evening Jaunt along Crib Coch  © jethro kiernan
Evening Jaunt along Crib Coch  © jethro kiernan

Taking Forward Wales' Management of Natural Resources

Stand up for Stanage montage  © Rob Greenwood
Stand up for Stanage montage  © Rob Greenwood

It's Time to Stand up for Stanage

Bracken - a voracious eater of footpaths  © Dan Bailey
Bracken - a voracious eater of footpaths  © Dan Bailey

The Trouble With Bracken

The problem... Loch Venachar in the Trossachs  © LLTNPA
The problem... Loch Venachar in the Trossachs  © LLTNPA

Why We Introduced the Loch Lomond Camping Byelaws

Illegal camping in the Loch Lomond Trossachs National Park  © David Lintern
Illegal camping in the Loch Lomond Trossachs National Park  © David Lintern

Why I Broke the Loch Lomond Camping Byelaws

Save Our Rivers  © Patagonia
Save Our Rivers  © Patagonia

Future Landscapes Wales - a Conservation Concern

Langdales  © Nick Brown
Langdales  © Nick Brown

Austerity and Enclosure - Walking, climbing and the politics of the public


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