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Exploring the South Downs -

It was a cold December day with morning frost on the ground. We prepared for a picnic walk, packing layers, hats, waterproofs, gloves and filling thermos flasks with warming drinks and set off for Devil's Dyke. Devil's Dyke is a giant V-shaped valley with grassy banks that look especially interesting in the frost, with the cloud hanging low. It became a tourist attraction in the late Victorian times and remains popular with dog walkers and view seekers today. The air was cold, after a lot of stick throwing with the dog we realised we needed to keep moving to warm up again. At...

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Gift ideas, Tips -

We know this time of year can be overwhelming. We know that it can be hard to choose among our many options, since every person has different preferences and needs! Here are eight gift ideas from us at Rubbastuff to offer as inspiration for discerning shoppers. Click the product image or link to be taken to that page! Thank you so much for supporting us this holiday! (Don't forget to treat yourself, too.) 8 Gift Ideas for That Person in Your Life (Including You) For the solo traveler: Yellow Thermal PACMAT Patch For sandy beaches, ancient forests, and the daily commute. Our most compact, portable PACMAT guarantees a bright...

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Exploring the South Downs -

The forecast looked good, we packed a picnic and looked up a route on Komoot. Between 3-4 hours on the filter, we'd set off later than we hoped and ideally needed to be back before dark. Komoot offered us a circular route covering about 16km. Perfect. Having recently passed her driving test our eldest was eager for the practice and drove to our starting point from granny's house (in granny's car)... Ditchling Beacon. It was a faboulous sunny Sunday, so inevitably there were lots of cyclists to negotiate on the way up the hill. Safely parked up we packed up...

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Nature and Wildlife, Picnic games, Picnic ideas, Tips, Using your PACMAT -

While you might think the time for picnics has passed with the change of seasons, there's nothing further from the truth! With the United Kingdom's largely temperate climate, we are lucky to have enjoyable weather for much of the year (snowy peaks and windy shorelines notwithstanding).  The key to a successful picnic in the late autumn and early winter period is warm, belly-filling food and vibrant, movement-focused activities for what we like to call a hot picnic! A barrier between bum and ground is crucial for moments of rest and relaxation, making a PACMAT the perfect choice for any hot picnic. Our...

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Exploring Cornwall -

What do you do when you've got a couple of weeks off work in between jobs? Making the most of autumn days (and also being incredibly lucky with the weather) PACMAT Pals Katrin and Claudia headed off to walk a section of the South West Coast Path.     The Path stretches for 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall with fabulous scenery all the way. Many walkers take about eight weeks to complete the path, often breaking it into sections. Katrin and Claudia only had five days. This is how they split their journey: Day 1 Train to...

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