Sometimes, adventure is right under our nose. With mountains and hills, rivers and coasts, forests and woodlands, we’re pretty spoilt for choice, and there’s never been a better time to enjoy the great outdoors on your doorstep. And if you can’t get out there, who’s to say you can’t find adventure in your own back garden or bring the outdoors in when you need it most?

 

The only thing we love more than discovering the outdoors is helping our customers to do the same, with advice born from experience and the right kit from the very best brands. If you’re looking for adventure closer to home, here’s a little inspiration from the outdoor experts. We’ve been where you’re going and it’s closer than you think.

Celebrate National Walking Month with us

National Walking Month is here, and although we may not be able to go on our favourite walks at the moment, we think there’s still plenty to celebrate while we clock up the miles on our daily strolls. In 2020, UK charity Living Streets’ annual celebration of walking will focus on the immense mental health benefits that come from just 20 minutes of walking every day.

 

To kick things off on Thursday 7th May, we want to help you turn every walk into an adventure with a game of Walking Bingo. Every week in May, we'll be releasing a new Walking Bingo card for you to take on your daily walks. Spot everything in a row or column for your chance to win our weekly prize! To enter: share a picture from your walk, along with your completed card whilst tagging in @cotswoldoutdoor and using the hashtag #WalkingBingo.

 

Download your Walking Bingo cards here.

 

Once you’ve downloaded your first Walking Bingo card, join us on Friday 8th May for a full day of walking inspiration across our social channels, with live streams from outdoor experts and influencers on everything from choosing your kit and spotting nature wherever you go walking, to ideas for making walking fun for the whole family and an insight into the daily lives of people living in the UK’s most-loved areas of natural beauty. 

 

Beyond the Bank Holiday weekend, stick with us throughout May when we’ll be sharing expert advice and inspiration for every walker to get you making the most of your time outside, reaping the physical and mental health benefits while keeping yourself and others around you safe, too. We’re excited to see how you get involved!

Kit To Keep You Going

Outdoors On Your Doorstep

We believe that people are happier outside, and now more than ever, we want to help everyone to stay healthy and connected to the outdoors. We also want to inspire you to make every outdoor moment count – however small - so we’ll be sharing some of our expert tips, tricks, and kit to help you stay connected to the great outdoors, wherever, however and whenever you can. Whether you want to get to know your garden a little better, want to stay active but don’t where to start, or simply need some essentials for a campout in your living room, here’s some expert advice born from experience. 

Jamie Ramsay On Lockdown And Mental Health

We asked brand ambassador Jamie Ramsay how he manages his mental health on his adventures, and how those skills help him to copy with daily life.

7 Reasons Why Getting Outside Is Great For Your Mental Health

We all know that getting outside can generally make us feel better - but this is for some very specific reasons, and there is a wealth of benefits to be gained from just taking a short walk. 

Best Small Tents For Camping With Dogs

Small backpacking tents with space for a dog can be hard to come by. Here are our top tents for when you’re keeping it lightweight while camping but still want to bring your dog along.

 

Footwear Tips For Dog Walkers

Our customers ask us about footwear for dog walking all the time, so we’ve put together this guide on how to choose shoes for dog walking and keep them performing at their best for as long as possible.

Great Walks Near UK Cities

If you find yourself on lockdown in one of the UK's cities, getting your usual fix of nature is likely proving a challenge - but nature can be found in the most surprising of places. 

Ultimate Walking Essentials Kit List

Effective layering and fabrics designed for the outdoors will make sure you’re comfortable and prepared for any weather, whether it’s your local park or a woodland path.

Staying Active In Lockdown With The Ramblers

We've asked our friends at the Ramblers for their tips on staying active during lockdown, even if you're not able to walk far.

Creating A Space For Nature

Our friends at The Wildlife Trusts have plenty of brilliant ideas on turning your garden into a thriving natural space for wildlife, but here are just a few of our favourites.

How To Build Your Own Pond

One of the best ways to introduce a whole host of wildlife and plants to your garden is with a pond, and luckily, The Wildlife Trusts know a thing or two about building them, no matter how big or small your space.

Gardening Tips With The National Trust

Our friends at the National Trust are sharing their favourite tips to get your garden looking its very best. We’ve selected a few of their tips for you here.

Walking For Wellbeing With The National Trust

The wellbeing benefits of simply getting out for a walk are clear to see, so here are the National Trust’s tips on discovering the healing power of nature.

Banff Adventure Films: Part 3

Our friends at the Banff Mountain Film festival have been curating their top lockdown films each week, and if you're up to date on our first two selections, here's part 3 for your enjoyment.

Share The Path: Running And Walking Etiquette

The most common activities people are doing right now are walking and running. We’ve put together a foolproof guide to staying safe when you’re out on foot.

How To Live Sustainably In Lockdown

This temporary let-up in emissions is doing undeniable good for the planet – and is an opportunity for all of us to develop great habits that will last long after we’re back out there. 

The Best Approach And Walking Shoes Of 2020

Finding the right footwear is just as important for low-level activity as it is for climbing mountains. We’ve pulled together this expert guide on the best low-level and approach shoes this season.

Fjallraven: How To Wax G-1000

One of the many things Fjällräven are deservedly famous for is G-1000 – their densely-woven, hardwearing cornerstone fabric. Here’s how to wax your G-1000 garment, and get it ready to join you on adventures in all weathers for years to come.

Cooking Up A Storm Outdoors: Our Favourite Campfire Recipes

There’s something special about cooking outdoors and we’re firm believers that a meal cooked or even just eaten outside really does taste that much better.

Navigation And Map Reading Tips

Our friends at Silva teach the basics of navigation and map-reading - a great way to entertain the kids and teach some valuable skills.

The Best Trees To Grow At Home

Celebrate everything our trees give us, and importantly, plant new ones to lay down the roots of a tree-filled future for everyone.

Adventure Films To Keep You Inspired

These awe-inspiring films, hand-curated by the organisers of Banff Mountain Film Festival UK, are the perfect way to keep the spirit of adventure alive while staying indoors.

Banff Adventure Films: Part 2

If you've already worked your way through our first selection of outdoor films, here's your next hand-curated dose of inspiration.

Travelling Without Moving: A Playlist

For Chris Hopwood, music has the ability to transport him back out to the landscapes he knows and loves. There are few people better placed to share music to help you bring the outdoors in.

How To Properly Store Your Kit

Whether it’s time for your hardworking down jacket’s summer rest, or you won’t be pulling on your walking boots for a while, here’s how to put your kit away the right way.

Tent Care Guide

Follow these simple steps to make sure your home under canvas lasts for the many years of adventures it was built for.

How To Have The Ultimate Garden Campout

If you’ve left it until the last minute or simply can’t get out there, you don’t have to abandon your hopes of sleeping under the stars. With our expert help, you can still enjoy the full camping experience from the comfort of your own home.

How To Pitch A Tent Like A Pro

Whether you’re pitching up at home, on a campsite or on a deserted hillside, hear from one of our Core Experts and camping enthusiasts, Matt, on the basics of pitching a tent and how to make the most of your time under canvas. 

Tents For Every Size Garden

We want everyone to experience sleeping under the stars, so whether you’re contending with a crowded campsite, an inner-city patch or can enjoy sprawling lawns, here’s our expert guide to finding a tent for every pitch, whatever size. 

Camping Indoors With Jamie Ramsay

As an Endurance Adventure Athlete, he’s taken on some of the world’s toughest challenges, camping out in some of the harshest conditions on Earth. But when he can’t get out there, Jamie is always looking for ways to keep adventure alive, even if it means pitching up indoors. Here’s Jamie’s guide to pitching up inside to help inspire you to bring the outdoors in.

Camp Kitchen Kit List

Having a well-stocked camp kitchen set-up will make sure you’ve always got everything you need to rustle up delicious meals for the whole family while you’re sleeping under the stars.

How To Be Prepared For Last-Minute Camping

Sometimes the best way is to head out on a spontaneous camping adventure – which doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds.