Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Something For The Weekend #13


The last couple of weeks has seen the new gear flying in. We've had Buff, Caterpillar, Jack Wolfskin, Bergans and Jack Link's all roll into the warehouse. So we're more than prepared for the Winter chill and that's without more imminent drops of the likes of The North Face, Haglofs and Berghaus Winter warmers!

But without further ado, let's have a look at a few possibilities to help fill up your weekends!

First up, why not have a relaxing amble around Buckinghamshire. Filled with picturesque villages and scenic lanes, Bucks has plenty to offer the avid walker. Of course, to the south of the county you have the rolling Chiltern Hills. Designated as an 'area of outstanding natural beauty' in the 1960's, the Chilterns highest peak is 876ft at Haddington Hill, close to Wendover.

You could even go and follow the Icknield Way, an ancient trackway that served the Anglo-Saxons. It was also said to have been part of the 'four highways' of Medieval Britain, along with Ermine Street, Fosse Way and Watling Street. The Four Highways were thought to have been constructed by royal authority and anyone who travelled on them had royal protection, so you can't find a safer walking route than Icknield Way! The existance of these ancient paths also lead to the existance of ancient civilisations and outposts, which you might be able to have a closer look at yourselves if you pay a visit.

If theres any Vicar Of Dibley fans out there then it may be interesting to note the opening credits of the show featured an aerial shot of Stokenchurch Gap, a steep chalk cutting constructed through the Chiltern Hills, although you'll have to venture over the border into Oxfordshire for a wee gander.

For a walk slap bang in the middle of the Chilterns the Disraeli's Des Res route at Hughenden Manor is definitely worth a look.

Not into that? Try this...

The Taste Cumbria Food Festival. It's a weekend long celebration of Cumbria's finest food and drink and I'm sure theres going to be a plethora of samples on offer, as well as the chance to take some delicious goodies home with you! The Festival itself is taking place this weekend, 24th-25th September. You can buy tickets or a wristband here, to sample everything the festival has to offer.

You can also buy seperate tickets for celebrity demonstations. Celebrity Chefs heading up to Cumbria include the one and only Hairy Bikers, Tom Kitchin (fantastically appropriate name) and Ravinder Bhogal. Theres also a bounty of other food and drink specialists taking part, including breadmakers, bakers, brewers and many, many more!

Product Of The Week

This weeks product of the week, for all day walking comfort in The Chilterns, The SmartWool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Socks.


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