There are many benefits to getting out and about walking this winter, not only are there some utterly beautiful frosty mornings to take a crisp, chilly stroll in; the winter also brings different wildlife to visit and a nice country walk can mean spotting some lovely animals.
December has arrived and with it brings promise of christmas festivities, fun and games and of course the winter months.
As long as you get wrapped up warm and prepare well, winter can be a great time to take some nice country walks, taking in the cold but sunny winters days, perhaps even walking in the snow.
So where are the best winter walks in Ireland I hear you ask? Find out right here.
Winter walking brings its own enjoyment such as much less people on the walking tracks and different plants, flowers and animals, plus the scenery takes on a more eerie and atmospheric feel during the darker, colder months.
So how can we fully waterproof our boots to make sure that we keep enjoying walking through the winter?
Halloween is celebrated all over the world and is a really big deal in some places, but we you don’t need to travel too far out of the UK to discover the home of Halloween; to find the origin you have to look to the festival of Samhain in Ireland's Celtic past.
Below are the top 10 Irish Halloween traditions that are still alive and kicking today.
When we think of a holiday the usual visions that spring to mind are lying on a sun-soaked beach, chilling out with a very colourful cocktail and not a care in the world.
But not all holidays are the same!
There are a strange bunch of us that love jetting off to chilly climates and hurtling ourselves down a snow covered mountains risking breaking limbs.
Although autumn has definitely landed with am array of gorgeous coloured leaves and conkers on the ground, the temperature outside is all over the place, chilly enough to light a fire one day and warm enough for no coat the next.
We won’t complain though as the sunny and warm autumn days are just perfect for getting your walking shoes on and getting out to see the autumn displays that mother nature has provided.
October has arrived which means there is no longer any denying it, autumn is here, we need to pack away our summer wardrobe for another year and face up to the cold seasons ahead.
Its not all doom and gloom though, autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the countryside with colours bursting from the trees like fire and the temperatures not so cold as to cause frost bite when you go out for a walk.
So where are the best part of Ireland for a scenic walk?
As autumn tumbles upon us the weather begins to take a turn for the worse and the thought of getting out for a walk is less appealing. Getting totally soggy and cold doesn’t sound like a lot of fun and we can become tempted to shut ourselves away indoors.
The best thing we can do though is to keep up our walking through the autumn and winter months, stick with our outdoor adventures but just be a little more prepared for the elements.
Although we hate to admit it, the summer seems to be slowly slipping away and giving in to cooler temperatures and more unpredictable weather. It always feels a little sad as summer leaves but lets not forget that Autumn is a truly magical time of year here in the UK. The leaves on the trees turn beautiful shades of orange and red and the sun hangs low in the sky lighting up the countryside with gorgeous orange hues. So if you are thinking about booking an Autumn getaway then we think that its a great idea. Here are some of our favourite spots for autumn getaways in the UK.
You may be an experienced walker who has been rambling for years and has many a good campsite story to tell, or perhaps you are new to the walking club, whatever your circumstance it’s always good to chat to others and get their hints, advice and walking tips.
Even if you think there isn’t anything you don’t know about walking you’ll be surprised to hear different peoples experiences and you might even learn a nice little snippet of information that will help you on yours.
You’ve partied through your 20’s and scoffed at visiting a boring National Trust, but once you’ve settled down a bit, perhaps even started a family, your priorities change, you seem to enjoy the peace and quiet that being surrounded by nature and beauty brings, and all of a sudden you’ll find yourself asking ‘Is it worth buying a season ticket for the National Trust?
Some of us go walking in big groups or clubs with other fellow walkers, but some of us start out on our own. Perhaps walking is a new hobby that you’ve just embarked upon but you don’t know anybody else who shares your passion for going hiking, or maybe you’ve decided to start walking to get out and be a bit more sociable and meet new people. So how easy is it to makes friends as a walker?
This summer has been amazing so far in Ireland and because of that, outdoor swimming has been super popular. A trip to Ireland doesn’t always conjure up images of lazy beach days and sunshine but this summer it really has been just that.
If you are heading to the Emerald Isle for a holiday or are already here then you’ll definitely want to read about 8 of the best outdoor swimming spots in Ireland below.
Some of us choose to go walking with our families, others with groups of friends, some like to walk with their partner and then there are those of us that just like to go it alone.
There is something very special about being out in the wild, surrounded by only nature and your own thoughts, but as a solo walker there are some considerations to make before setting out that differ from walking with others and we look at them in this blog.
The idea of gorgeous family walks, soaking up the sunshine and immersing the whole family in nature and wildlife is definitely one thats flitted through the minds of most of us parents, but in reality a badly planned hike with the kids in tow can result in a lot of tears (yours and the kids!) and far more hassle then its worth.
Have a look over our top tips for managing an enjoyable hike with the whole family.
We walkers spend a lot of our spare time in the great outdoors discovering our beautiful planet on foot. Its a great way to exercise and really take in the world around us, but have you ever thought about stepping your game up a notch and getting involved in race walking?
Race walking is a a recognised discipline of athletics, is included in the Olympic Games and is essentially just a faster version of regular walking. It is regulated by the IAAF and judged so that you maintain a good walking technique. Points are then awarded based on how fast you complete a fixed distance and rankings are produced so that you can begin to compete with other who do race walking.