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Skywatch Winter

Skywatch Winter: Cassiopeia

Cicerone's seasonal series on exploring the night sky, introducing Cassiopeia and its six most prominent stars.

Bivvying or Bothying

Bivvying or Bothying – you decide

The pros and cons of sleeping in a bivvy bag or a bothy. Our two outdoor experts and authors Ronald Turnbull and Phoebe Smith have a lively exchange of views. While you can bivvy virtually anywhere, bothies are old stone houses run by the Mountain Bothy Association, and are mainly found in isolated areas of Scotland, northern England and Wales.

Skywatch Autumn

Skywatch Autumn: Ursa Minor

The fourth of a seasonal series on exploring the night sky, this time introducing Ursa Minor, the Little Bear and its stars including Polaris, Kochab, Pherkad, Yildun and Zeta.

Skywatch summer

Skywatch Summer: Ursa Major

The third of a seasonal series on exploring the night sky, focussing on the constellation of Ursa Major, the stars Alcor and Mizar and Sidus Ludoviciana, the spurious planet.

European trek packing

Top tips for European trek packing

Publishers and keen trekkers Jonathan and Lesley Williams reveal their trek packing list and share their top tips on how to decide what to take to keep you comfortable on trek.

Lightweight backpacking

Lighten that load

Paddy Dillon shares his expert tips on how to pack your rucksack as light as possible to maximise enjoyment and minimise pain when backpacking and trekking.

Speyside Way wildlife

In search of wildlife on Speyside

Outdoor writer Terry Marsh takes time to get up close to some of the wildlife of the Cairngorms and Speyside regions of Scotland, and discusses how best we can both enjoy and protect our more endangered animals within their native habitat.

Skywatch - Canis Major

Skywatch Spring: Canis Major

The second of a seasonal series on exploring the night sky, focussing on the constellation of Canis Major and the dog star, Sirius.

Fenouillèdes, France

Spring flowers of the Fenouillèdes, France

An introduction to the spring flowers of the Fenouillèdes in the south France, between the Corbière Mountains and the Pyrenees near Pic Canigou.

Winter Hillwalking. Photo: Dan Bailey

Winter Hillwalking

Top tips for safe winter hillwalking, with extra advice on choosing winter boots and using crampons effectively from the Hillwalker’s Guide to Mountaineering