The best bluebell woods in Hampshire

Read on to find out five woods where you can see amazing displays of bluebells in Hampshire. Includes locations and walks in the South Downs and New Forest national parks plus directions.

You know summer is well and truly on its way when you peek into the woods to see streaks of sunlight shining down onto a carpet of bluebells.

Thanks to a mild winter and a lot of early spring rain, bluebells have bloomed early again this year.… Read more

Karrimor X Duo Bt Belt 00 running belt review (and a lesson in poor customer service from Sports Direct)

Find out why you should avoid the Karrimor ‘X Duo Bottle Belt 00’ water bottle running belt/waistbag – and probably avoid Sports Direct in general – in this review.

One of my goals this year is to run a marathon. But instead of taking part in an organised one, I’ve decided to run the length of the River Itchen – about 30 miles.… Read more

Six beautiful winter walks in south-east Hampshire

Read on to discover six beautiful winter walks in south-east Hampshire. I’ve included detailed descriptions, maps and where to get refreshments along the way.

With its pretty villages, chalk streams, rolling downland, wide valleys and ancient forests, south-east Hampshire is a great place to go for a walk on a crisp, clear winter’s day. Especially if you finish up warming up with a cake in a cafe or with a beer by a roaring fire in a pub.… Read more

Where to see the autumn colours in Hampshire

Here are 12 places you can see the autumn colours in Hampshire, including many places you can visit for free.

One of the things that makes the transition from long summer days to long winter nights more bearable is the burst of autumn colour we get to see in September, October and November.

And while the UK doesn’t naturally enjoy the multitude of colour seen in places like the US or Japan, where there are naturally more species of trees, you still can’t beat an autumn walk in an ancient forest or a tree-lined avenue as the leaves fall gently around you.… Read more

An introduction to shooting with the Gun Shop, Botley

Find out how I got on when I visited the Gun Shop in Botley for an introduction to shooting sports and to experience firing a shotgun for the first time.

Whether it’s the chance to spend hours in the countryside or the opportunity to kit myself out in all things tweed, I’ve always fancied having a go at shooting.

However, it’s always looked to me like a difficult sport to get into if you don’t have the connections.… Read more