lightweight table and chairs
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Kit Review: Nigor lightweight table and chairs

Lightweight camping offers freedom. We enjoy having a minimal amount of stuff. When alongside car and van campers, we don’t usually look at other people’s set-ups and their comfortable kit longingly—except perhaps when it comes to a table and chairs. After years of spreading a groundsheet on the floor for all our camping meals, we …

Enjoying the view on the Longdendale Trail on the Trans Pennine Trail with our kids
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Trans Pennine Trail with our kids: Liverpool to Sheffield

Hoping to inspire the whole family about what was possible to achieve on a bike, we purchased a Sustrans map of all the bike routes in the UK and pinned it up on the kitchen wall. Soon after, we planned a route along the Trans Pennine Trail with our kids. Three weeks later we were …

On the bike path to Berwick-Upon-Tweed
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How do you carry your baby or toddler on a bicycle?

Many cyclists, after becoming parents, put their bicycles to one side only rediscovering them, dusty and rusted, years later. As we prepared for the birth of our first child we were determined to continue our car-free lifestyle so we set out to discover the best ways to carry a baby or toddler on a bicycle. …

Arriving at Europoort to take the Hull ferry with children on bicycles.
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Hull ferry with children on bicycles

How easy is it to travel on the Hull ferry with children on bicycles? What happens when you arrive at Zeebrugge or Europoort? How do you find your way? Where’s the best place to go? Is the cycling safe? Cycling off a huge ship with children into an unknown country can be daunting. However, we …

No car camping in Helsinki
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No-car camping: is it possible with kids?

To spend as many nights under canvas as possible is one of our goals in life. In nine years of camping with kids we have only used a (borrowed) car once for a three night trip.  So the short answer is YES: no-car camping is completely possible with a baby, with toddlers, with small and …

Rainbow at Lauwersoog, NL. There's some hope for a better environment in the future if we make family life more eco.
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10 easy ways to make family life more eco-friendly

Our aim is to celebrate how much joy we can bring in to our home through making family life more eco-friendly, rather than getting gloomy about being the mere drop in the ocean. We choose to recycle, but how much of our recycling actually gets reused? Or we choose local products, but they come wrapped …

On Kinder Scout after walking up from Edale. A fabulous no-car camping spot.
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No-car family camping: Edale in the Peak District

Edale, in the beautiful Peak District, is our go-to no-car family camping spot in the UK. It is accessible by train and there are two campsites 5–10 minutes on foot from the train station. Whether you’re using bicycles or carrying backpacks and possibly a pull-along suitcase (or two), it’s extremely easy to reach. Getting to …