Outdoor Pursuits

  • Family Tent Buying Guide

    Here at Taunton Leisure we have over 40 years’ experience in selling tents of all shapes and sizes; so I guess you could say we know a thing or two about tents and what to look out for when buying one. With arguably have the most diverse range of tents...
  • Tent care - Part 2 Maintenance

      Pitching and Ventilation Maintaining your tent starts with the initial pitching and ensuring it is on a flat surface that is clear of any rocks is a good start. All the guy lines should be pegged so the frame is rigid and not pulled out of shape. The structural integrity...
  • Tent care - Part 1 Cleaning and Weatherproofing

    Should I weather a Poly-cotton tent? Definitely! This process is a must before you use a poly-cotton tent for the first time. It allows the fibres to swell and knit together at entry points such as stitch holes and seams, before going out in the rain. Pitch the tent on...
  • Rab Neutrino 600 Sleeping Bag Review

    James Whitworth from our Taunton store tested the Rab Neutrino sleeping bag while camping in the Jämtland mountains of Northern Sweden. He would recommend the sleeping bag due to its small pack size, weight and its warmth. I used this sleeping bag for a five-day trekking trip to Northern Sweden...
  • Braam's Trip to Jamtland

    Sweden Trip I've had a most exciting email arrive a few weeks ago; I've been invited to  a 5 day winter trip to Jamtland, Sweden! It involves snow shoeing and camping in a Nature reserve in Jamtland, at temperatures that would be cruel to your pets, but most welcome when...
  • Lakeland Walks

    Catbells Catbells is a short, if not slightly steep climb around the picture-postcard setting of Derwent water in Keswick. There is a small carpark near Hawse End that gets particularly busy, and you will find people parking along the edge of the road. Get there early enough, and you...

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