Ashley Beolens

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10 Things to take Geocaching

We aren’t the best Geocaching family in the world, and we don’t do it as often as we would like, but our experience is growing in this “fun for all …

5 Top Birding Spots in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes may not seem the best urban birding location in the UK, but we have our fair share of interesting places for the birds. Sadly many have …

THE NORTH FACE Dryzzle Jacket - Review

It was that thin, almost mist like, rain that fell, the sort that gets you soaked to the bone without really feeling like it’s raining. Fortunately I …

I Did It 2500 Miles Walked

At roughly 14:30 I crossed an invisible threshold. I’d wandered the floodplain forest, and was along side the river Ouse when a buzz on my wrist …

Milton Keynes Walks

I spend lots of time on <b>Milton Keynes Walks</b>, while I walk all over the country, where possible, quite a few walks I take are in my home town of Milton …

Milton Keynes

Leaving The Shire - I have walked to Mount Doom This year!

“Not all those who wander are lost”<p>I didn’t meet a single Elf or Dwarf along the winding route, and there was certainly no fighting Orks or Nazgul …

Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX Hiking Shoes (mens) - Review

Sometimes an offer comes along that is too good to resist, and it happened to me very recently when I was contacted by Millet Sports offering me the …

Country Innovations Raptor Smock - Review

I’m sure I am not alone as someone who struggles when temperatures hit a certain level; not too cold, but not yet warm enough for wandering around in …

Lumix

Chattering Masses - hirundines at the Floodplain Forest

Some days striking moments pull you in and just grab your attention, holding you in their hand, absorbed within the joyous occasion, as they unfold …

Nature

Opticron MM4 Travel Scope - Review

As regular readers here will know, I suffer with back issues, so for me being able to travel light is important, so when Opticron asked if I would …

Reebok Yourflex Train 8.0 - Review

I’ve been hitting the pavements more this year than ever before, what do I mean, well in my goal to reach 2500 miles in 2017 I have been walking much …

Shoes

Campbell Park to Willen Lake Circular Walk

Milton Keynes has, as I hope I have shown in all my recent walks, some stunning areas for a hike. Often these involve the outskirts of the town, but …

Hiking

Milton Keynes Parks Trust 25 Mile Challenge Walk

Furzton and the Three Lakes<p>Arriving at Furzton lake, I found myself soon walking behind a very large party of walkers, lead by their high vis vest …

Hiking

Vernal Equinox - where day equals night

From here on out the days start to be longer than the nights, yup, today is officially the first day of Spring, the vernal equinox, and you could …

Nature Photography

100 Plus Geocaching Terms

If you are a regular reader or have spotted the menu bar at the top of this blog you will know that we are keen geocachers. We love nothing more than …

Geocaching

Floodplain Forest to Linford Lakes Circular Walk - Milton Keynes Walking

My first stop as it often is, was the Aqueduct hide (a slight debtor off the map), and my choice not to bring my long lens came back to bite me, as a …

Hiking

The Start of Spring at the Floodplain Forest

Blue skies stretched out across the Ouse Valley, a picture of azure punctured by the occasional fluffy white cloud. While the sky looked like mid …

Birds

Fenny Stratford to Old Wolverton Grand Union Canal Walk

The smell of smoke from the many wood burning stoves; crab apples litter the path, being pecked at by Blackbirds and other Thrush; Moorhen bob their …

Milton Keynes

Sandwich to Deal Walk

With a few days off for half term the family and I headed to the south for a grandparent visit in Kent. And what better way to spend one of those …

New England

Buff Marine Birds - Review

It was snowing the other afternoon, as I walked to pick my daughter up from school, and there I was wrapped in my Berghaus jacket, North Ridge hat, …

Backpacking

North West Milton Keynes Circular Walk

Stepping out of the car park you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the heart of the countryside. Blue and Great tits were singing and …

Hiking

Milton Keynes Three Lake Walk

The plan was a walk around three lakes (or sets of lakes) that are joined by a single stream; The lakes in question are Lodge Lake, The Teardrop …

Milton Keynes

Sparkling Frost Wintry Scenes at the Floodplain Forest

A cacophony of noise hit me as I arrived at the nature reserve, as dozens of Canada Geese took to the air, in noisy, honking, flights, leaving the …

Nature

First Geocaching of 2017

I’ve got a lot of miles to walk this year, if you’ve read my post 2017 the Year Ahead you’ll know why, but in case not I’m walking 2500 miles this …

Hiking

Embracing The Frost

Millions of tiny diamonds spread out across the grassy fields of the Ouse Valley this morning, Jack frost had been busy with his frozen paint brush …

Nature

Berghaus Torridon Reversible Jacket - Review 2017

I’m sure many of you here, reading this, will have read my previous review of my Berghaus coat (it is by far my biggest “hit” on google), well …

Backpacking

Types of Geocache you can find

As a family we are big fans of the treasure hunting game Geocaching. Hunting out hidden treasures with the use of the GPS system, our mobile phones, …

Winter is Coming - a November walk

Tiny white diamonds sparkled in the grass as I left the house today; the heaviest frost of the year, so far, had blanketed the area in a thick white …

Birds

Geocaching Wolverton and New Bradwell

Getting outdoors doesn’t always mean heading off in to the wilds of the British countryside, no matter how much I wish it did. Sometimes, just being …

Geocaching

A walk from Smardale – a viaduct, a gill and natural beauty

Just a few miles west of Kirkby Stephen is the village of Smardale. It is to here that I have been drawn time and time again to walk the vast, quiet, …