Countryside Wanderings

It's amazing how things develop. After all, this blog started out as a news section for the rest of the website. With encouragement from readers, it has become a place for relating my countryside wanderings and musings about the world of outdoor activity. Walking, cycling and photography all are part of what I do out of doors and, hopefully, they will continue to inspire me to keep adding entries on here. Of course, there needs to be something of interest to you, dear reader, too and I hope that's the case. Thanks for coming.

More Outdoor Magazines

Along with featuring collections of walking and cycling magazines, here is a selection of those featuring a variety of other outdoor activities. That is a list includes running, skiing, canoeing and sailing so it is a varied one. Some of these may not hold much attraction for me but they do introduce me to new areas while indoor cycle training sessions are being made to feel shorter. The word “adventure” turns up a lot and seems to be a fashionable term these days. For me, it seems an unnecessary embellishment because I do not go out of doors for an adrenaline rush, quite the opposite in fact.

Wetterhorn & Mättenberg, Grindelwald, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

2015 was a turning point for me because I began exploring places beyond my more usual sway within Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man. So far, expanded horizons have taken me to Iceland, Switzerland, Austria, Norway and Spain while Sweden has been revisited. In fact, it might be that a Scandinavian project is following the Scottish one that filled so much of the first decade of the century.

Thus, I have increased my tally of the countries where I have been and there may be others. As unlikely as I think the possibilities, Canada and New Zealand also appeal to me so who knows where I might end up going? For now, the likes of Wanderlust and Lonely Planet Traveller entertain me with their writing and accompanying photos. Since these are more general travel titles, it is good to have their outdoor enthusiast counterparts too so here are a few.

Active Traveller

It is the international opportunities that attract my interest here but U.K. locations get featured too. For example, Blencathra got featured in a recent issue along with a Lake District cross country cycling challenge. Any European destinations are of particular interest at the moment with the Alps, Crete, Cyprus and Turkey getting trip report articles. Looking further afield, Ontario in Canada and a visit to Central American volcanoes have earned a mention though I cannot say that I am setting my sights on those just yet.

Adventure Travel

In a previous stage of my life, the locations featured in this bimonthly magazine would not have drawn my attention. With my curiosity of possibilities beyond British and Irish shores having increased, any walking trips that are described could be enlightening but other activities are included too with skiing coming to mind and that is not all. One of the issues places such as Kilimanjaro, Bolivia, Canada, Switzerland and New Zealand. Some of these may be a little too far away for me but Switzerland felt the closest of the lot and may have sold that copy of the magazine to me. Others have followed it into my possession and a subscription even got taken out too.

Outsider

The title could apply to anywhere but this is an Irish magazine that you find on the shelves of Eason’s and the strapline of “Ireland’s Adventure Magazine” should put you in no doubt of its origins. As you would expect, activities in Ireland feature heavily but other destinations feature too. Still, it is interesting to see in-vogue concepts like wild camping, bushcraft, trail running and wild camping enjoyed around a country that you rarely would see featured elsewhere when such topics are discussed. It has been embraced as part of the branding for the Wild Atlantic Way and that does not neglect hiking, cycling or surfing either.

Outdoor Adventure Guide

The publisher of Fall-Line skiing magazine also produces this title a few times a year. The subjects include hiking, cycling, canoeing and bushcraft and overseas destinations are the main focus for all this outdoor activity though Britain is not excluded either. All in all, it’s another take on what appears to be a growing pastime for many.

Scotland Outdoors

This is another bimonthly magazine and I seem to remember picking up a copy at a branch of WHSmith in Glasgow Central train station on my way back from a walking trip up there a few years back. A subscription was taken out after that and I left a load pile up until indoor cycle training sessions allowed me some time for clearing the backlog. There is more to these than a selection of activity reports in each issue for wildlife encounters are included too. That adds a little soul to the presented content.

There is another interesting feature in that and different covers are used for retail and subscriber’s editions. The latter has no need to sell itself from a shelf in a newsagent so prominence is given to a photo on its cover with the magazine title and issue date being the only text that you will find. The retail edition then gets a different photo and, like so many others, has headlines on there to tempt potential readers.


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