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Forest adventure checklist: how many have you done?

Share Adventure with the Forestry Commission

Forests are so much more than a collection of trees and trails.

Many adventures can be had within the deep, dark depths of the forest – some fun, some daring, some downright bonkers. Got some time to kill this weekend? Well, partnering with our pals at the Forestry Commission, we’ve compiled a list of adventures you can have in one or more of their forest locations. How many have you done?

  1. Run, Forest, run!

Forest running beats road running hands down. Time to don your trainers and tear up those trails!

  1. Tree ID

The next time you’re walking through the forest, download the free ForestXplorer mobile app and see how many trees you can (correctly) identify.

Forestry Commission Mobile App

  1. Ride

Explore the forest on two wheels by hiring a bike, or riding your own. Depending on your skill level, you might choose to challenge yourself to leg burning climbs and daredevil descents… or just stick to single-track routes for an easy afternoon cruise.

  1. Hug a Gruffalo

Much-loved children’s book character, the Gruffalo, has taken residence in fifteen forests across the UK (click here for the full list). He’s always happy to pose for a photo, so long as he gets a hug in return. Or why not check out the Superworm trails!

  1. Bugged Out

Exploring the forest with kids in tow? Hold a competition to see who can spot the greatest variety of bugs – there are hundreds of species to find!

  1. Unleash your inner Tarzan

Swing through the trees Tarzan-style as you tackle one of Go Ape’s 28 award-winning tree-top obstacle courses. Don’t forget to holler!

Go Ape

  1. Paws for thought

If your furry friend has joined you for your adventure, why not attempt some dog agility? This Forestry Commission poster has some great suggestions for activities you and your pooch can enjoy together.

  1. Build a den

A classic forest adventure. Scour the forest floor and gather together fallen branches, and use them to craft yourself an almighty den! If your construction skills are a little rusty, check out these den commandments.

  1. Dare to bear

Fancy yourself as the next Bear Grylls? Learn bushcraft and see if you could survive on your own.

  1. Stargaze

If you’re brave enough to enter the forest at the dead of night, you’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of a luminous, star-studded sky. Forests are ideal spot for stargazers as there is limited light pollution, just remember to pack a torch and warm clothes.

  1. Hot to trot

The peaceful forest is a great place to ride a horse (that is, if you have one). £40 buys you a one year permit for a variety of woodlands across Sherwood Pines. Check out the horse riding page to find out more.

  1. Forest Segway

From two legs to two wheels, Go Ape’s off-road Forest Segways are a great alternative way to explore the forest.

Told you. There are so many forest adventures you could have.

… And guess what? We’ve got 25 annual Discovery Passes to a forest of your choice in England up for grabs in our #ShareAdventure competition! Not only do the Discovery Passes give you free parking but also great discounts. Plus, there’s also 200 day passes to a Forestry Commission England forest of your choice that need to be won. Head to our #ShareAdventure page to find out more.

Did we mention there’s a prize EVERY time? Good luck!

Be Inspired and Win.

 

 

Venture off the beaten track

Share Adventure With Salomon

Salomon LogoRunning on a treadmill is monotonous. Running on the road is better, but it’s still a bit, well, flat and solid. So, the next time you don your trainers and set off for a run in the great outdoors, why not test some trails?

Trail running is mega fun. An average road run consists of dodging pedestrians, skipping over recycling bins and waiting for the green man at numerous crossings. With trail running though, you’ll find yourself dodging rocks and skipping over puddles – you won’t have to wait for anyone, or anything!

Trail running is, of course, very different from your typical treadmill stint. You’ll find yourself having to tackle all sorts of terrain – from stone paths to ragged rocks and slippery streams; from flats to intense climbs and daring drops. It makes for a fantastic adventure, even if you do have to watch your step (or steps).

…And let’s not forget about the view. Gazing over the stunning mountainous setting as you cool down is far better than making awkward eye contact with car drivers as you stretch out against someone’s garden wall.

And some physical benefits for you. Trail running has less of an impact on your joints compared with road running, it works a greater range of muscles and helps to improve your core strength. It’s quieter, calmer, and that fresh air is much better for your lungs than the fumes chugging out of car exhausts.

Of course, if you’re keen to hit the trails, you need to get kitted-out first. Our good friends at Salomon have a fantastic range of trail running gear, including:

SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 3

Trail running requires trainers that are light, durable, fast, and grippy in all weather conditions. Thankfully, Salomon’s precision fit Speedcross 3 trainers tick all these boxes. With their lightweight material and soft, cushiony soles, your feet will be so snug it’ll feel like you’re running barefoot – but without the pain.SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 3

SALOMON SKIN PRO 14+3 SET

Given the long distance nature of trail running, a backpack is always a good idea. Besides, you’ve got to pack a camera to take a couple of snaps of the view from way up high, right?

This clever backpack conforms to your body shape, providing you with comfort and stability while remaining breathable and ensuring that none of the bag’s contents knock about while you’re running. Trail running is thirsty work: the underarm tube routing and bite valve with on/off system allows for quick and easy hydration as and when you need it.

SALOMON SKIN PRO 14+3 SET

SALOMON XA CAP

If you’re tackling mountain-top trails, you’re much more exposed to the elements – wind, sun, rain, etc. Stay protected with the Salomon XA CAP: the breathable fabric is UPF50 and designed to absorb sweat as you run.

SALOMON XA CAP

Want to win some Salomon gear?

The kind folks at Salomon have kindly donated £2,000 worth of kit to Go Ape, including caps, t-shirts, jackets and bags – and you can be in with a chance of winning some of it! Interested? Head over to our #ShareAdventure page to find out how you can be an instant winner!

Win £200 worth of Forest Live gig tickets

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Fill in your details to be in with a chance of winning £200 worth of vouchers to next years Forest Live concerts!
 

Win Forest Live tickets

Competition terms and conditions:

  1. The prize is £200 worth of vouchers to Forest Live gigs in 2016.
  2.  The prizes cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative.
  3. The closing date for the prize draw is 14 August 2015.
  4. The winner will be picked at random from all valid entries after the closing date, by an independent process.
  5. The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date.
  6. The name of the winner will be posted on http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/BEEH-9YGKSE. The winner’s name and county can also be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Forestry Commission Marketing, 620 Bristol Business Park, BS16 1EJ.
  7. The Forestry Commission’s decision is final.
  8. Entries made through agents, third parties, organised groups or any entry duplication method will not be accepted.
  9. The prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, except employees of any party connected with the promotion.

The Forestry Commission is a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Meet the UK’s Modern Day Adventurers

Modern Day Adventures

There’s not much we humans haven’t done in the name of adventure.

We’ve scaled the highest mountains, crossed the wildest rivers and trekked the loneliest of deserts. We’ve walked on the moon and explored the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean. You’d be forgiven for thinking that there aren’t many adventures left to be had.

…But oh how wrong you’d be! Adventure is still very much alive and well (“long live adventure!”), it’s just the concept that’s changed a little bit. Whereas before adventure used to be about exploring the world and putting uncharted territory on the map, now it’s about exploring the world and testing our physical limits to see what we’re truly capable of. It’s about revisiting old adventures and doing them, well, better!

In our opinion, the following Brits epitomise what a modern-day adventurer should be – willing, courageous, committed, slightly crazy, etc. You may not have heard all of their names, but we guarantee you’ll be impressed (and perhaps inspired) by their stories.

Ed StaffordEd Stafford

The mighty Amazon Rainforest is around 4,000 miles long. It twists and turns through mountains, rainforests and miles upon miles of unexplored terrain. Back in 2008, ex-British Army captain Ed Stafford started walking down the river and didn’t stop – for over two years.

Stafford’s amazing feat landed him a spot in the Guinness World Record book as the first human ever to walk the length of the river. He met with anacondas and crocodiles, contracted severe illnesses and at one point was captured by a tribe, all in aid of raising global awareness about deforestation.

Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper

School friends Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper became the youngest Brits to climb Mount Everest in 2006, aged just 19 at the time. A couple of years later, the National Geographic Society crowned the duo ‘Adventurers of the Year’ after they completed a 22,000-mile journey from the North to South Pole using only human and natural power. They travelled by bike, dogsled and sailboat, and cycled parts of their journey. Rob Gauntlett sadly died after in 2009 after falling while ice climbing in Chamonix.

Mollie HughesMollie Hughes

Back in May 2012, Mollie Hughes joined the likes of Gauntlett and Hooper to become one of the youngest Brits to summit Mount Everest, aged 21. Described by King Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes as a ‘unique young lady with a genuine passion for adventure and achievement,’ Mollie is returning to Mount Everest next year when she will attempt to become the first British woman to climb the mountain from both sides.

Tom Avery

Less than ten people in the world have completed the polar trilogy (the South Pole, North Pole and Greenland crossing), and Tom’s one of them. In 2002 and aged just 27, Tom became the youngest Brit to reach the South Pole on foot in a gruelling 700-mile journey that took him and his team 45 days and 6 hours to complete.

Since then, Tom has broken a number of world-records. In 2005 Tom and his team became the fastest team in history to reach the North Pole and in May this year, they set the record for the quickest coast-to-coast crossing of Greenland. They beat the previous record by a more than a week. Impressive stuff.

Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu is a British music producer and film-maker. Wondering why he made our list? Well, Reuben also travels the world taking photos; on his website he claims that he is driven by ‘a desire to explore new places as if they were unknown territory, constantly open to serendipity and with an eye for the unnoticed and the hidden.’ Sounds like the words of an explorer to us. Check out his ‘An Uncommon Place’ collection and prepare to be amazed.

Inspired? Ready for an adventure? Check out #ShareAdventure and discover more real-life adventures from people all over the UK. Plus, by simply sharing an adventure with your friends you will win a prize! We’ve got goodies from Cotswold Outdoors, Forest Holidays, Salomon, Sunnto and more to help prep you for your next great adventure.

#ShareAdventure and win now.

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