The Outdoor GuideByBenL
The Outdoor Guide
We have a growing relationship with the outdoor market. Our bags are an obvious solution to common problems for walkers with traditional backpacks whist retaining a fashion conscious design.
Recently, we have been engaging with The Outdoor Guide, who were at first sceptical, but very quickly came around to our way of thinking.
Here's Why TOG loves The Healthy Back Bag:
"We love to walk. We also love backpacks. What we don’t love is a sore back.
As keen walkers, we appreciate the difficulty in finding a bag with the right balance between comfort, practicality and style. On our ventures, we need something to keep our essentials safe and dry, but nothing can be worse than a backache halfway through a walk.
We’ve found that normal backpacks often have rigid sections that can dig into all the awkward places making our posture bad and backs uncomfortable, and so detracting from our enjoyment of exploring the great outdoors.
So when we found The Healthy Back Bag we were doubtful at first… Could it be? A bag that looks cool and stylish, but is actually healthy for our backs? Well TOG fans you better believe it – and if you don’t, you’ll just have to try for yourself.
The walkers from the Ramblers Worldwide Holidays luxurious 4-day walking experience this summer were unsure too; Julia Bradbury headed to the South Downs to join guests on their final day of walking the route as seen on her popular television show Best Walks with a View. On that last evening, each person received an Healthy Back Bag goodie bag filled with goodies (including a signed copy of Julia’s new book Unforgettable Walks)! Gasps of amazement could be heard as our walkers tried on their new backpacks, amazed at the comfort and trendiness of the Healthy Back Bags.
What’s more, you’ll never lose a thing in one of these backpacks. Gone are the days of rummaging around at the bottom of our bag for our mobile phone, snack or penknife. The Healthy Back Bag has an ingenious internal design meaning not only are our belongings organized and accessible, but the weight carried is evenly distributed across the back adding to the comfort factor.
Here, Julia sports her bag when filming for her show Best Walks with a View. Another Healthy Back Bag fan is Michael Bradbury, Julia’s dad. When Julia and the team met up with Michael in Derbyshire, he used his Healthy Back Bag all day every day - the Bradbury clan are big fans!
Oh and yes, if you were wondering, – they are 100% water-proof, snow-proof, dirt-proof… everything-proof!"
Check out their favourite range of sizes, shapes and colours here:
At HBB, we love going for walks, and as spring settles in and we look forward in anticipation for summer we've been plotting and planning our routes. Our bags are a great asset for walkers. The design makes them comfortable to wear reducing strain on your shoulders and back whilst remaining large enough to carry everything you need for an epic adventure.
We recently came across the Commonwealth Walkways. The Outdoor Trust are creating walkways in all 71 Commonwealth countries, and to celebrate the Queen's 90th year and over 65 years as the leader of the Commonwealth, Bronze markers are to be installed in the ground at each of the agreed points of interest. Her Majesty The Queen kindly gave permission for her personal EIIR cypher and crown to be hand cast in the walkway marker design.
The walkways connect significant points of interests along a route that is aesthetic, safe and accessible. Meaning you can visit and learn about a nations capital or an area, its history and its famous individuals all whilst enjoying a beautiful walk.
The Jubilee Walkway for example, laid out in 1977 as a permanent memorial to The Queen’s Silver Jubilee and opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 9th June 1977, is a walkway now over 23km long and that links many of London's highlights. Its particular achievement was to completely open up the South Bank, a thriving thoroughfare called The Queen’s Walk.
For full directions for the Jubilee walkway: Click HereCommonwealth Walkway Nations and Territories
For more information visit: http://www.outdoortrust.com/home
World Water DayByBenL
Why go blue for world water day?
Nine in ten people that have access to safe water but we don't think nine in ten is good enough.
63 million people still don’t have access to safe water! Without this basic service, they have no choice but to drink dirty water that could make them sick or even kill them.
A safe and sustainable supply of water for drinking, washing, cleaning, cooking and growing food is a basic human right.
In many countries around the world, taps, wells and pipes simply don’t exist. Even where they do, they are often not affordable for the poorest people or are not designed to last.
Women and girls suffer the most. They are forced to walk long distances to collect dirty water, wasting their time and energy. This means they miss out on an education, lack the opportunity to make a living, and have little chance to change things. They are also more likely to get sick with water-related diseases.
So we at HBB HQ are jumping on the blue bandwagon and donning our brightest bluest clothes to help raise awareness for those desperately in need!
For more details on how you can help, go to:
Mothers Day is just around the corner. This year it is being celebrated on Sunday the 26th March.
Whether you're celebrating this day with your mum, wife, or a sister or friend with children of their own, treat that special lady in your life to something special.
Here are a couple of suggestions
1) With spring at its peak, why not organise to do something outdoors? Go for a long walk on a beautiful country trail, visit the coast, or just take a stroll around your local park. Take a picnic with you! The gorgeous weather and quality time with loved ones is sure to put a smile on her face.
2) Think about her likes. Is she a gardener? An arts and crafter? Does she love sushi but has never attempted to make it herself? Take her on a course to learn more about what she loves! Go with family and friends and make a day of it.
3) Perhaps some therapy is what she needs? And we don't mean from a shrink. We were thinking more like retail therapy or even a more relaxing, organise a spa day for you both. Putting together a gift basket full of soothing products is also a great idea! Maybe some bath bombs, scented candles, a face mask, a new bath robe and slippers... (We'd be happy if we received a gift basket like this!)
4) Treat her with a present. Flowers always go down well. Jewellery is also a wonderful gift and precious keepsake.
Healthy Back Bags are also fantastic gifts. Affordable, stylish, hardwearing and better for your back than other bags.
And with our vast range of colours, fabrics and sizes, you're sure to find something perfect for her.
St Patrick's DayByBenL
Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, but has also come to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century and supposedly at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland.
According to tradition, Patrick escaped slavery after six long years, but returned to Ireland shortly afterwards to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity, spending many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland.
Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint.
St Patrick's Day Parade
This year, the official three-day celebration in London begins on 17 March, and culminates in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in Central London and Trafalgar Square Festival on 19 March.
Be amazed by flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools. The procession makes its way down Piccadilly from 12pm, on a 1.5-mile route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall.
Join in with the festivites in your own green outfit!