Health & Fitness

Five Ways to Get Outdoors More This Year with Berghaus

February 6, 2018

I’m not one for new year, new me. But Dr W and I did set a little aim for this year over our new years break in Scotland. After a few mountain failures and not being as fit as we’d hoped to have been. We’ve strived to get outdoors more in 2018. So today I’m sharing my Five Ways to Get Outdoors More.

It turns out I’m not the only one who’s trying to get outdoors more. Berghaus have been challenging people to do the very same. In the new year they launched the First Foot Challenge to encourage everyone to spend their first day of the new year on their feet in the great outdoors. This is something Dr W and I did on holiday in Scotland. With this, we’ve been trying to get out more ever since. Although with busy lives and house buying we know it’s not always possible, but here’s Five Ways to Get Outdoors More. I hope it’ll encourage you to spend weekends on your feet in the countryside as well.

Five Ways to Get Outdoors - Brockhampton Manor House

Have a look at something local

You don’t need to plan some epic in a far away mountain range to get outdoors. Why not take a look at what’s around you? There may be a local country park, woodland or even a National Trust property with sprawling grounds to walk around. At the weekend Dr W and I headed to Brockhampton Estate for this very reason. We knew we could get a decent walk in and enjoy the outdoors, and the estate is about 30 minutes from where we live.

Five Ways to Get Outdoors - Muddy Fell Shoes

Wear the right shoes

Think about where you’re going. If it’s a track you can probably get away with your trainers. If it’s a muddy path your new suede boots may not be the ones. Dr W and I saw too many people with the wrong shoes in the mud at the weekend. Think about your comfort (and the expense/time to clean them up). For a lot of low level muddy walks you can even wear wellies – although be careful on longer walks as they’re not so supportive for your feet.

Five Ways to Get Outdoors - Miss Pond Selfie

Pack a picnic

If you’re having a slightly longer day out don’t forget to take some snacks. Our walk this weekend was fairly short so we had lunch waiting for us at home. If we’re on a longer walk we pack sarnies, crisps and chocolate bars. You could pack a flask if it’s cold. Sometimes if it’s really cold I leave a flask in the car for our return. There’s nothing like drinking tea perched on the boot of the car after a blustery walk!

Five Ways to Get Outdoors - Miss Pond Portrait with Berghaus Ridgemaster Jacket

Wrap up warm and keep dry

Check the weather forecast before you leave. You may just be going on a little walk in a local park, but you don’t want to be cold and/or wet do you? At the weekend I donned my Berghaus Ridgemaster jacket for our adventure. There was a chance it was going to rain so I wasn’t going to take the risk. Luckily it didn’t but it still kept me super warm. We’re hoping for a longer hike this weekend, maybe I’ll get to check out it’s waterproof gortex-ness this weekend?!

Five Ways to Get Outdoors - Walking Around Brockhampton Estate

Five Ways to Get Outdoors - Panorama of Brockhampton Grounds

Plan a circular walk that involves a pub

Another idea to encourage more outdoors adventures is a popular Pond Family past time. Daddy Pond would every so often plan a walk that ended in the pub for good old Sunday lunch. Now I must admit Dr W and I don’t often do this after our own walks, but if we’re hiking with friends we will try and find a pub after a long day on the mountains. Sometimes the promise of a reward at the end can spur you on to take a slightly longer walk at the weekend!

What are your tips for getting outdoors more? Are you trying to Get Outdoors More this year? Are you a fan of Berghaus kit? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. Post in collaboration with Berghaus. As ever all photos, words and opinions are my own.

P.P.S. Brockhampton Estate is located at Bringsty, WR6 5TB.


  • Reply Alice February 7, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I could definitely do with a fully waterproof coat – mine left me rather soggy last weekend! Alice xxx

    • Reply MissPond February 7, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Oh no! My old one died when we were on a very rainy trip to Scotland. Quite glad it has been replaced!

  • Reply Chloe February 6, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I so need to get me a new raincoat this year!


    • Reply MissPond February 7, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      It’s a worthwhile investment!

  • Reply Jenny February 6, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I think having kids helps us to spend a lot more time outdoors as they have so much energy and need to run it off 🙂

    • Reply MissPond February 7, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Ah yes! We’re not quite there yet, but we do generally enjoy the outdoors 🙂

  • Reply vicky February 6, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    I really love this I love going out on walks as long as I have the right shoes well done

    • Reply MissPond February 7, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Yeah the right shoes are very important!

  • Reply Jess February 6, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I’m totally guilty of going out in running shoes when I should have been wearing supportive walking boots! It makes a huge difference when you’re well equipped for the outdoors. I’ll never forget when Ry dragged me up Dovestones in a snowstorm… I was only wearing my nike running leggings :(.

    Pub grub was the only saving grace of the day and I totally agree that adding a pub into your route can totally perk you up/spur you on.

  • Reply Nafisah Atcha February 6, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Such a great idea! The outdoors is something I need to do more off too. Thank you for sharing <3

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