A view of the outdoors including Mont Blanc A view of the outdoors including Mont Blanc

Explore the Great Outdoors The web's best resources for outdoor activities and adventures

The same adventurous spirit which makes so many people feel the urge, even the need, to travel solo also compels many of those same people to explore the great outdoors. The overlap between those who enjoy travelling independently and those who enjoy outdoor activities is significant. If these descriptions apply to you, then you'll know why already. It's the feeling of total freedom you get.

Surely each of us can understand the appeal of 'me-time'? Even people who feel most comfortable in large groups, and even those who would never climb a mountain or kayak across a loch, can appreciate the enjoyment of time devoted to yourself and the feeling of freedom it brings. It also beings a sense of calm: nobody needs me, my phone is off, and this is my time.

That is the feeling you get travelling alone. It's also the feeling you get doing outdoor activities. In a city, lack of phone signal can be a real pain. On a mountain adventure, the realisation that you now have phone signal can be hugely disappointing: I was having an amazing escape for the day, and now the office is trying to get hold of me.

If you're an outdoors enthusiast but have never travelled alone, you might like to check out our Solo Travel Guide. If you're a solo traveller who is interested in finding out more about the great outdoors, this page is for you...

Believe what you read in the papers...

Trek & Mountain

Magazine / Online

UK magazine dedicated to trekking, hiking and hill walking. News, competitions, features, gear reviews, education / essential skills and suggestions trails to follow.

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Trail Magazine

Magazine

Another strong authority on all matters relating to walking and hiking. Very strong print edition, but little online presence. Essential mountain reading nonetheless.

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The Great Outdoors

Magazine / Online

Described by Doug Scott as "the thinking person's outdoor magazine". All the content you'd expect, with an added philosophical / political dimension.

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Climber Magazine

Magazine / Online

A climbing magazine for the rest of us. You don't need to have conquered the Matternorn to appreciate this magazine and its many handy tips.

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Canoe & Kayak

Magazine / Online

Tranquil loch kayaking to white-knuckle whitewater rapids. The gear, the news, the expert advice - plus travel and photography information.

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Noteworthy websites and resources...

Outdoor Pursuits

Guide / Reviewer

Buying new gear before your next outdoor adventure? You might want to check out the latest reviews from Outdoor Pursuits. Everything from ski gloves to paddle boards.

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The Adventure Junkies

Info / Educational

Info and tips for every type of outdoor pursuit, beginner to veteran. Hiking, biking or climbing; plus on water or under water. From how to read a map to choosing your next ice axe.

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