Friday Detours: 10th July 2020

This week: camping and travelling responsibly in a post-COVID 19 world, great pub walks, a look at the British obsession with wild swimming and an epic ocean rowing challenge.

10th July 2020 | Words by Matt Jones @ WildBounds HQ

#1 The post-COVID camping boom
With justifiable concerns about international travel in a post-COVID 19 world, staycations look to be on the rise – many UK campsites have been dealing with a frenzy of bookings over the last couple of weeks. But has everyone had the same idea? Wired reports on how campsites will handle socially-distanced staycations.

#2 Travel better
If, on the other hand, you are contemplating taking an overseas trip to celebrate the end of lockdown, at least do it responsibly. This guide to being a better traveller has some valuable lessons that will make you a top tourist, and ensure you have a much better trip too.   

#3 Top pub walks
Country pubs need you more than ever. Or at least, that’s a good excuse to enjoy a refreshing pint at the end of a bracing walk. If you need ideas on where to go, Outdoors Magic’s hard-drinking, harder-walking contributors have listed their favourite pub walks

#4 Take a wild dip
With most leisure pools still closed across the UK, there’s never been a better time to get into outdoor swimming. This affectionate look at the home-grown wild swimming phenomenon frames it as a peculiarly eccentric and quintessentially British pastime. Why? Because apparently we were all ‘raised on Romantic poetry and restorative country walks’. Right...

#5 Rowing around the UK for cleaner oceans
A team of four university students are currently rowing 2,000 miles around the UK, unassisted, in the GB Row Challenge, to raise money for the British Red Cross and JustOneOcean. This video introduces both the team and the cause (and also chucks in some sneaky shots of the new Land Rover Defender and a very nice Elliot Brown collab watch). You can also track the boys’ progress online.

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