Welcome to the Adventure Network blog. This site is intended so that people can share their adventures, big or small, with other like-minded people.

It is my intention to post topics on this site in order to provide people with ideas and inspiration to plan and undertake their own adventures.

I'm rather new at this so please bear with me. I hope you enjoy the site.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Alastair Humphreys - Talk

Adventurer and writer Alastair Humphreys' will be giving a pictorial presentation at Hebden Bridge library, West Yorkshire, on Friday 15th July 2011, starting at 7.30pm.

Alastairs' epic cycle journey around the world started in Yorkshire in 2001. Over the next four years he cycled through Europe, down the whole length of Africa, up through the Americas and then back through Siberia - in winter - Japan, China, Central Asia and Europe. He has also raced a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean, canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River and walked the length of the holy Kaveri River in India. He finished the Marathon-des-Sables as one of the ten fastest Brits, despite breaking his foot during the race. He has rowed to France with Major Phil Packer, who suffered spinal cord damage in an explosion in Iraq in 2008, and in 2010 he completed an unsupported crossing of Iceland by foot and Pack-raft. This year Alastair is preparing for SOUTH, the first unsupported return journey to the South Pole and the longest unsupported polar journey in history.

I have read some of Alastairs' books and they are a honest and fascinating read.

Alastair will talk about the lessons he has learned on the road, stories of his travels and deliver a call to arms - nothing is achieved without being bold enough to begin it.

Tickets are £5.00 each (£3.50 concessionary) and can be obtained by contacting Anna Turner at Calderdale Council. Anna.Turner@calderdale.gov.uk

Monday, 6 June 2011

Wild Swimming - exploring Britains outdoor swimming places

Secret wild swim river wharfeIn Britain there are countless locations to enjoy a cool, refreshing outdoor dip. On a hot summers day what could be more refreshing than to take a dip in the cool clear waters of a river, mountain stream, lake or tarn or even laze under a waterfall and swim in the plunge pool. With Britain's beaches now being cleaner than ever before why not explore our coastline and discover sandy beaches, secret coves and smugglers’ caves.

Always choose a safe swimming location and obey any warning signs. When swimming in open water you should be a strong, competent swimmer. Always be aware of strong currents, rip tides and underwater dangers and ensure that you have a safe point of ingress and egress.  

Alice Roberts wild swimmingAlice Roberts recently presented an interesting documentary about Wild Swimming on BBC4, following in the footsteps of the late Roger Deakin who was an early advocate of wild swimming. In addition to swimming in some beautiful rivers, lakes and tarns Alice goes swimming in some underground rivers in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

You can watch this programme via the BBC4 homepage.

For more information about wild swimming visit: http://www.wildswimming.co.uk/