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New maps help find nature nearby in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Man, boy and dog looking at a map on a wooden floor

Disclosure of interests: I was sent free copies of these maps as a gift and have opted to write this review on a voluntary basis. I have no business connections with any of the companies or businesses mentioned in the

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Posted in Book reviews, Cycling and bikes, Edinburgh, Maps, Pentlands

Urban Geology meets Urban Nature Maps

Man, boy and dog looking at a map on a wooden floor

Edinburgh is a great city to be a geologist in. So much rock is exposed within the city bounds and there is a considerable variety in lithology, if not geological age. While the commanding heights of the seven hills (Arthur’s

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Posted in Book reviews, Edinburgh, Geodiversity, Geological Walks (urban), Maps, Scotland, Woodlands

Completed British Orienteering Event Safety and Introduction to Orienteering e-learning

During the long days of lockdown, I found myself starting to do a lot of work for an organization where we were looking at Open Orienteering Maps and MapRunF as adjuncts to outdoor learning. This led to a gradual reconnection

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Posted in Edinburgh, Navigation, Orienteering

The evidence of craggers not seen

Under lockdown, I’ve followed my renewed interest in climbing outdoors by visiting my local crags in southern Edinburgh. We are exceptionally lucky, as Blackford Hill contains two cragging sites, as well as the bouldering problems associated with Agassiz Rock. Even

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Posted in Climbing, Edinburgh, Geodiversity

Hills of Hame is now ‘Good to Go’ after July 15th

Everyone in the outdoor community is having to adapt to changes and think about how deliver training and experiences under new constraints. Today I drew up a Covid-19 plan and worked through the Visit Scotland ‘Good to Go!’ accreditation scheme.

Posted in Edinburgh, Geological Walks, Geological Walks (urban), Pentlands, Scotland, Uncategorized

Keeping hill fit close to home

Although things have changed slightly in Scotland, with unlimited outdoor exercise, I’ve still been relying on a lot of home-based exercise to try to keep myself fit for getting back into the hills. I am lucky that there are small

Posted in Edinburgh, Hill Running, Mountain Training, Orienteering, Scotland, Woodlands

Fossil plants in the Fossil Courtyard for Fossil Friday

That’s a lot of fossils in a title! I’ve decided to do a short blog post on the Fossil Courtyard in the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE), one of the network of national botanic gardens in Scotland. The Fossil Courtyard

Posted in Edinburgh, Geodiversity, Palaeonotology, Scotland

First shot of the Edinburgh Cycle Hire experience

Edinburgh has had a bike hire scheme for a wee while and I’ve had to rescue a couple of their bikes and also won a free pass for a day from Just Eat Cycles via a Twitter competition, so I

Posted in Cycling and bikes, Edinburgh, Pentlands, Scotland
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