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We produce audio and video podcasts for the self powered outdoor enthusiast in the UK and World-Wide who wants to find out more about getting the maximum pleasure from simple outdoor lifestyles. Our range of material dips into many aspects. We talk to others and discuss their trips big and small, we discuss and review gear, we link associated skills and interests all with the aim to inspire, inform, entertain and encourage listeners to enjoy the natural world around them. The podcasts are pr ...
 
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This podcast is a just a quick update and explanantion why I haven’t released anything in the last few weeks. We moved into a very small house a couple of years back near Malvern and after a disastrous start (its on the podcast) we have finally now started to reclaim some of the outside space and build a new storage unit and office in the garde ...…
 
Ellie and Carl are walking 4,000km along all the National Waymarked Trails of Ireland. There are 42 trails within Ireland, with a combined distance of around 4,000km. So far they've walked 35 trails, and over 3,000km. You’ll hear how they sacrificed their home comforts, sold everything to hit the road and walk every National Trail in the Republ ...…
 
Katie Tunn is an artist who follows her dreams. First to escape from bustle of London to remote peace of Skye, to reduce the consumerism in her life and absorb the rich island culture. And now this. A personal 40 day and 40 night challenge to live on a remote island, with no one but the wildlife to keep her company. To cleanse her soul of the d ...…
 
The day starts with the unique Dawn Chorus that only Tarfside can provide, before everyone gathers their thoughts and belongings before heading down to the Retreat cafe for a slap up breakfast. 7.40am and the Tarfside campsite is almost empty I can never understand the rush to get away. It’s a slow a steady walk to Edzell and then Northwater Br ...…
 
By info@theoutdoorsstation.co.uk (Bob Cartwright).
 
Although we all had a good social night in Aviemore the lingering tiredness from the previous long days had taken their toll and so when Tony suggested we change our route from Ben Macdui to the lower Larig Ghru, none of us really protested. So after a large breakfast at the Cairngorm Hotel we slowly made our way along the cycle path towards th ...…
 
After a good night in St Augustus, a reasonable breakfast in Morags Lodge we were set for the long trek up Glen Doe. There is a new path now heading out of Fort Augustus which leads walkers off the dangerous hairpin road along the much software aspects at the edge of Loch Ness before crossing the road and zig-zagging its way to link up with the ...…
 
It was no good, I just couldn’t take it anymore! Too much enforced hanging about the previous day and dozing while it rained in the morning had refreshed me, but bored me to death. There’s only so many books you can read on the Kindle after all. So I packed up in the rain which gradually petered out and set off over the col to head for River Do ...…
 
And so we are onto the second podcast from the TGO Challenge series which includes massive disappointment, naked podcasting and boredom. It was an early start for me, once my nose became aware of how cold it was my body naturally followed and well, once I was up seeing to watering the Roses, I was up!. So I brushed the ice off the tent, made a ...…
 
This is the first podcast from a series of seven which covers the TGO Challenge 2018, where some 350 participants walk the 200 miles from West to East Coast of Scotland. It was to be the tenth crossing for both Andy and I and we decided to produce the last podcast series relating to the topic. After all there are only so many questions and conv ...…
 
Once again our European correspondent Roman Ackl visited the show for us and gave us a complete round up of items he thought would be of interest. Roman is a keen lightweight backpacker and has visited the show with us and for us, for many years. Things are changing next year as the organisers of Outdoor who hire the venue are moving it to Muni ...…
 
July 2018 and Rose has now completed the Pennine Way, during what turned out to be the hottest, driest period of weather the UK has experienced for many years. As you’ll hear on the podcast tackling it attached to Pip the Spaniel proved to be one of the many limitations, as the heat meant carrying water was priority and continual checking the d ...…
 
So on the Bank Holiday Monday we decided to crack on from Portree after a good days rest and hit the trail heading for The Storr via Ben Dearg. Although I had done some research on the route before we left, every piece I read spoke of talking the alternative coastal route which on reflection would have been (a) a walk with a view and (b) so muc ...…
 
After another wet night we had a short window of opportunity to wipe the tent down as best we could before packing it away at Cladach a Ghlinne. The path then continued just a few kilometers to Camasunary, however once again there were a few places which troubled us with just a few inches of soil between the path and fresh air to the cliffs bel ...…
 
The beginning of May 2018 saw Rose and I start the tough but rewarding Skye Trail starting in the south at Broadford and heading to the most northerly point at Rubha Hunish. The reason we chose the start there was mainly due to transport limitations, as the bus from Glasgow gets into Broadford at 9pm after a long days travel (6hr bus journey) a ...…
 
Interview with Caroline Allen author of the new book The Ireland Way launched in 2017, which links together several trails the create the first long distance coast to coast walk on the island. The Ireland Way is a walking and cycling trail over 900km / 560 miles. It covers 14 counties from Cork to the Giant's Causeway. It takes roughly 40 days ...…
 
In this the last from the 4 part series recorded at The Photography Show 2018 I speak with the last two brands Canon and Olympus for their good, better, best suggestion for the ideal camera for outdoor enthusiasts. Andy continues his round and has a close up look at Jobi and the Gorilla Pods plus another specialist holiday company who will whis ...…
 
A great podcast for you packed full on interesting information all related to outdoors and photography. We meet Nikon and FujiFilm who make their suggestions as to the good, better, best cameras for outdoor enthusiasts. From simple point and shoot tough cameras through to the top of the Nikon range. Interesting to hear the unique approach FujiF ...…
 
In this podcast we continue our search at the Photography Show at the NEC for the best camera of 2018 for outdoor enthusiasts and this time it is the turn of Panasonic to give us their suggestion for good, better, best. Their choices are the TZ-200 Compact, the FZ-330 Bridge and the top of the range G9 with some conversation on the tough little ...…
 
In this podcast Andy and I visit the 2018 Photography Show at the NEC with two objectives in mind. I had arranged to meet all the major brands to try and narrow from each of them 3 cameras (good, better, best) which would be ideal for the outdoors enthusiast. I’m not talking action cams, or heavy DSLR’s, but those in between which offer remote ...…
 
We continue our discussion with Keith and his book High and Low and during the discussion touch on many deeper aspect of the content and how he dealt with the realisation that depression was the cause of his emotional rollar coaster. We start of discussing his views on food preparation for walks such as the PCT or AT. We discuss if hikers over ...…
 
With many outdoor long distance hiking books under his belt, this unique offering High and Low adds to the growing library of Keith Foskett. An interesting mix of people, places, mishaps and depression. In this first part of the 2 part interview we discuss aspects from the book and also Keith's approach to hiking life. Depression is like chest ...…
 
Libby and Lisa completed their self-propelled, continuous round of all 282 Munros in the summer of 2017 in 77 days, setting a new fastest-known female time! Beauties and the bog are a team of fell running women based in Sheffield, UK, close to the Peak District National Park. Originally formed as a team for the High Peak Marathon, their adventu ...…
 
We finally have to leave the solutiude and romance of Sandwood Bay and head for Cape Wrath lighthouse. Although we can see the lighthouse form the bay itself, the first fence we have to cross has the ominous sign, suggesting that checking for a live firing exercise might be a sensible thing to do! However, there’s no phone signal at the bay and ...…
 
Sandwood Bay is a wonderful location, thankfully far off the tourist track, which accounts for the peace it offers for the more adventurous backpacker. There are stories of Vikings, Ghosts, Mermainds and sunken boats and treasure. None of which we found. I recall we have the entire place to ourselves and saw one or two other people leaving as w ...…
 
This podcast starts with an interesting interview with a young couple who give an idea of how hard it is to make a living in this part of the world. However the upside is the sense of community and the strong supporting bond between those who choose to live here. The surrounding area is actually owned by the community and the Assynt Crofters As ...…
 
The second part of this series originally recorded in 2008 as Lee and I make our way from Ullapool to Cape Wrath through a variety of weather and exciting camping conditions.By info@theoutdoorsstation.co.uk (Bob Cartwright).
 
The next few podcasts are to make up for my silence of these last few weeks. I am soon to be interviewing Keith Foskett regarding his forthcoming book High and Low, part of which touches on the Cape Wrath Trail. So before speaking with him, I thought I would re-visit my 2008 adventure and recycle the 5 part series to inspire our audience to con ...…
 
This ia an important subject and one which hopefully you wil be able to share with other individuals, groups and interested parties, who all share a love for the outdoors and a desire to maintain it with respect. Life Trek Adventures is run by partners Seb and Heidi. Their shared passion for outdoor sport and adventure travel has taken them aro ...…
 
It was a very, very pleasant New Years Eve for Rose and I as Andy and Kate finally made it over to our new place and following a nice wet afternoons walk on the local Malvern Hills to give Pip the dog a good stretch, we settled in for a magnificent Venison Stew and a night of laughter with our old friends. After a good sleep we all woke to a ne ...…
 
So here we are at the end of the 2017 and I just want to say thanks to everyone who contributed to this podcats and great to hear the variety of relationships they have had with The Outdoors Station during our 12 years and 10,000,00+ downloads. In order we hear from Alan Callow, Brian Vargo, Dave Hanney Alpkit, Sarah Jackson, David Lintern, Kat ...…
 
Thanks to you, my audience we have just passed the 10 Million download mark. This is an incredible achievement for a small independent, unsponsored producer. This goes to show there is a need for the content and service we provide and I want to celebrate this by asking you, the audience, to call in and leave a message so I can create the next p ...…
 
Hannah Simpson has just completed a 734 Mile extreme cycle touring, wild camping, solo unsupported adventure along the length of Britain. Not very exciting I hear you say. Try doing it on a Unicycle!! Hannah did and here's her story.By info@theoutdoorsstation.co.uk (Bob Cartwright).
 
This podcast is a simple review using the Homecamper.com service, who I interviewed at the Adventure Travel Show earlier this year. This was at our own expense and not paid for by Homecamper. It was also the first time we had taken a dog to France and experiencing the customs treatment for the 4 legged travellers. We visit three sites and basic ...…
 
It’s been a busy month or two at The Outdoors Station and backpackinglight.co.uk towers. Our plans for some more remote hikes were scuppered by the urgent installation of a water treatment system as the other failed on Christmas day. However as most folks will know I took off and did the Two Moors Way and Rose tackled the Cotswold Way over a pe ...…
 
The Cotswold Way National Trail runs between Chipping Campden and Bath, the 102 mile route explores the Cotswolds AONB. Rose undertook this walk in July 2017 with her Springer Spaniel ‘Pip’ over a period of three weekends in a variety of weathers. Weekend 1 - Chipping Campden to Birdlip, weekend 2 - Birdlip to Wootton Under Edge and weekend 3 - ...…
 
This weeks podcast is dedicated to Friedrichshafen the big European Outdoor Trade fair which lets those in the trade or press, fondle and drool over forthcoming products for 2018, that might set the heart racing. Our European Correspondent Roman Ackle took up the baton in a very hot and sticky few days to wander the halls on our behalf searchin ...…
 
This podcast covers all the equipment I took and a review of my thoughts relating some of the items and alternatives I could have considered. The full video of the walk and this section should be available soon. The audio has been taken from the video soundtrack, so make sure you drop by soon to check out the full experience.…
 
Part 7 combines the last two days of the walk down to Lynmouth. Only 18 miles to go and I had to find a wild camping spot so I didn’t arrive too early. At Withypool I finally meet some fellow backpackers and we discuss our shared thoughts on the journey and the places we’ve been through. Ultimately we both ended up at Simonsbath by the local ca ...…
 
I had traveled so far in the previous 2 days, that I now had to cut back the distance to prevent arriving too early at Lynmouth. So I decided to just aim for Tarr Steps 10 miles away and then make a decision. In between showers and sunshine I trudged on through a fairly dull section, with no views until I hit Exmoor proper. Arriving at Tarr Ste ...…
 
Apart from the boy racer who seemed to feel obligated to ride up and down the main road at least a dozen times in succession at midnight last night, I slept reasonably well and woke early to an overcast damp day. However as I had carried all this fuel with me, I got the solo stove going and had the first warming proper brew of the trip closely ...…
 
Even though the weather was changeable that night with the blustery wind and rain, I slept reasonably well and woke refreshed ready for, as it turned out to be, the longest day of the trip. It was a good start at 7am and I meandered my way along charming narrow paths, fascinating high walled tracks and through woodland to the outskirts of Chagf ...…
 
My goodness me it was cold that night! Even inside the hut I slept with my insulation on, however I did sleep well and after the two meals the previous night and a hearty breakfast of porridge I was set up for an early start in good spirits. And what a beautiful day it turned out to be. As each hour unfolded I was treated once again to the best ...…
 
On Wednesday I finally made it to Holne. A charming little village, which once again like many communities, has suffered the closure of the local pub and so the heart of the community had naturally graduated to the tea rooms. Which although open at completely different hours, obviously serves as a community centre, for information, a small shop ...…
 
On Tuesday the 25th April 2017 I set off from Wembury just outside Plymouth on the Two Moors Way, 40 years after ‘the way’ was officially launched. I had given myself a generous 8-9 days to tackled this route, which passes through some of the most remote and charming countryside in Devon, touching little backwaters rarely visited and certainly ...…
 
This podcast has been done in a bit of a rush, however I thought listeners would like to hear the gear choices and reasons for the forthcoming 120 mile Two Moors Way from Wembury to Lynmouth coast to cost south to north. The weather has been dry the last week or so and the forecast is looking fair, so I am hoping the weather gods will shine on ...…
 
May is almost here and 300 people will be starting to keep a much closer eye on the weather in Scotland as they prepare to head off on the 38th TGO Challenge. A 200 mile walk from the West coast to the East coast of Scotland taking independent routes between each coast and promoting fellowship amongst backpackers all along the way. Andy Howell ...…
 
This extended podcast is the second part of the interview with Aleks, where we touch on several aspects which he had to deal with on a daily basis as he ran from North to South across Europe. The daily near death experience of running on a road which caused him to change his route significantly. The diverse reaction from people he met on route. ...…
 
This is part 1 of a 2 part interview with Aleks Kashefi, who has just finished his 6000km run from the north of Europe to the South as one continuous adventure. There’s plenty to hear in these extended interviews as it was a self supported venture with the aim to run between 35 and 50 km a day. But he did start in the Autumn heading into Winter ...…
 
Stormin' Norman is the affectionate nick name of the guy behind Stormin Stove Systems. Originally in construction, his interest now is shared equally between lightweight long distance hiking and manufacturing the very popular and extremely good value for money, range of alcohol stoves and two tier cone windshield system. Check this out for a bi ...…
 
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