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How are you getting to your summer 2022 UK festival? We have five you can attend by train.

Are festivals ever sustainable?

Festivals don’t do so well when it comes to eco-credentials. It’s easy to see why. Single use plastics, discarded tents and the power required to keep those lights flashing are all bad for the environment.

In other words, it’s hard to imagine a sustainable festival.

But what if festivals are important to you? Well ,even if a festival is never likely to be carbon neutral, there are things you can do to help mitigate your own negative impact. One of the best ways to do this is to ditch the car and opt for public transport.

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Too old to be an outdoor instructor? Obviously not!

It was one of those ‘too hot to walk’ Duke of Edinburgh’s Award afternoons we all long for when it’s raining. Gazing at the River Dart as I waited for a team, I had a moment of revelation.

I am now an ‘older generation’ outdoor instructor.

When I first started volunteering in the outdoors my trainees were the same age as my children. Things, especially time, have moved on.

Now it’s the staff I work with who are the same age as my children.

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Can I do yoga here? In my very small campervan?

Greta our Toyota Granvia campervan is our only vehicle. Unless you count Mr D’s much used bikes and my often aching legs. This means that she is a touch on the small side. Compact you might say.

Or on a rainy day, squashed.

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Help! There’s a badger in my hammock.

The best way to test a hammock is to spend a whole night in it. This however is not always as easy to organise as you might imagine. Trees are relatively easy to come by but finding two pairs of suitable trees in a sensible location can by tricky.

Which is why Mr D and I recently ended up hammocking in our local copse.

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Three fantastic Devon walks from train stations

You might have noticed my recent focus on adventures by train. At the beginning of 2022 I decided to explore the possibilities of travelling by train, not just for day trips or holidays but to enjoy all my usual outdoor activities, and hopefully a few more.

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Watch out, there’s an easterly about!

When you look at map (or indeed a chart) of Tor Bay, you’ll see that our relatively small bit of shore looks like a bite out of the bigger sweep of Lyme Bay.

If you know your cardinal directions, you’ll have noticed that Tor Bay faces eastwards. Which means that we only get decent sized waves when there’s an east wind blowing.

We locals always know when there’s an easterly.

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Outdoor fun on the English Riviera. How about visiting Torbay by train.

Devon’s famous Riviera Line train route

If you’ve never ridden the Riviera Line train between Exeter and Torbay, you’ve been missing out on a treat. Board at Exeter St Davids.

Local hint: sit on the left for maximum view impact.

Then relax back to take in some of Devon’s best waterside views as your train sweeps down the Exe Estuary then out into the blue of Lyme Bay.

Don’t worry, you’ll be in that gorgeous water before you know it.

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What is it like on Dartmoor at night?

There’s a full moon. You’ve decided it’s time you finally went for that Dartmoor night walk. Or perhaps you’re even heading out wild camping on Dartmoor.

But it all seems a little bit scary.

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There can be a downside to sunshine days, especially if you’re camping!

I’m writing this on a sunny May day. We’re about to set off on a campervan trip. The house is covered in piles of gear, most of which will end up back in the house cupboards (we only have a very small campervan). As I pack, one thought is foremost in my mind.

I’m wondering what the weather will be like.

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Three outdoor adventure ideas to help you make use of the Great British Rail Sale

Have you seen all the hype about this month’s Great British Rail Sale? Half price train tickets aren’t to be sniffed at. Especially if you’re interested in getting outdoors and adventuring in new and exciting ways, at the same time as considering your environmental impact.

Which I definitely am!

Read on for a whole load of useful tips and observations on how to make the best of the Great British Rail Sale, and how to create your own adventures by train.

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