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FINDRA Inspiration – Roddy Stoddart

Inspiration: Roddy Stoddart

This week we meet with Roddy Stoddart, AKA Mr FINDRA and partner to Alex. having lived in the Tweed valley for nearly 50 years Roddy talks about his love for mountain biking and the local hills.   Hi Roddy, great to finally have you on the FINDRA Journal and perhaps we can start by you…

Inspiration Blog Images Scotlands Best Beaches 13

Staycation Inspiration: Life’s a Beach

Staycation used to mean spending a holiday at home but nowadays encompasses a holiday in one’s home country – all the more relevant during the pandemic. At FINDRA we love wild beaches and rugged coastlines as much as mountains and trails, so Russ pulled together our favourites that may inspire a visit when we can…

Friend of FINDRA Rebecca Cartlidge

Inspiration: Rebecca Cartledge

This week we’re off to Lincolnshire to meet with Friend of FINDRA Rebecca Cartledge, a Personal Trainer with a passion for movement and running.   Hi Rebecca, thanks for taking the time to chat. To start, can you introduce yourself and tell us where you live and what you do? Hello… I’m Rebecca Cartledge and…

Inspiration Blog Hero What To Wear Russell Stout 08

What to wear cycling – a guide to layering

‘What are the best clothes for cycle touring / bikepacking / commuting?’ There’s no conclusive answer to this as it all comes down to personal preference, but it is a question we get asked fairly often. So Russ hit the keyboard to write a post about what works for him and created a useful guide…

Inspiration Blog Hero Alex

Update from Alex – Surviving in Covid times

Dear Friends of FINDRA How are you all? I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well?   I can’t quite believe it’s the start of March, I had great plans to write a blog at the start of January to say hello and give you all a bit of an update on…

Caring for FINDRA Merino Socks

Caring for your Merino Socks

Happy socks, happy feet – caring for your FINDRA socks.   Natural fibres Our socks are made in the UK using 100% natural (or natural blended fibres) and manufactured using traditional knitting techniques that have been around for centuries. We use predominantly natural fibres in our socks and across all our accessories and clothing as…

Friend of FINDRA Gillian Anderson

Inspiration: Gillian Anderson

Friend of FINDRA Gillian Anderson lives in the Tweed Valley with her wife Terri and has been a positive contributor and member of FINDRA Outdoor Adventures. Gillian talks about how the outdoors and adventure brought her and Terri together and recalls a memorable ride in Chile across the Atacama Desert to the Pacific Ocean.  …

Jo Moseley – Brave Enough Film

Inspiration: Jo Moseley

At the beginning of February, we were invited to a special screening of a new adventure film, Brave Enough – A Journey Home to Joy. The film features our very own Brand Ambassador Jo Moseley and her 11-day coast-to-coast paddleboard journey on the UK’s network of canals.   Jo was the first woman, aged 54, to stand…

Friend of FINDRA Naomi Freireich

Inspiration: Naomi Freireich

Edinburgh based Naomi Freireich, a Digital Health IT manager and endurance cyclist, takes time to discuss balancing family commitments with a life outdoors and the benefits of cycling for physical and mental wellbeing.     Hi Naomi, and to start, can you introduce yourself and tell us where you live and what you do? Hey,…

Friend of FINDRA Emma Estrela Corrie

Inspiration: Emma Estrela Corrie

Open water swimmers are a hardy bunch, especially those who manage to swim all year round and this week we revisit a previous post by Emma Estrela Corrie, a Wim Hof Method instructor based in the Lake District. Emma shares her love of the outdoors and connecting with nature through exposure to the cold. Brrrr……

FINDRA Inspiration – Jenny Mayhew

Inspiration: Jenny Mayhew

This week we’re off La Alpujarra, in the Sierra Nevada to meet with Friend of FINDRA Jenny Mayhew. Jenny and her partner run Pure Mountains mountain bike holidays and she shares with us what life’s like in the mountains of southern Spain.   Hi Jenny, and to start, can you introduce yourself and tell us…

Friends of FINDRA Chris Hilton

Inspiration: Chris Hilton

Chris Hilton is a primary school teacher based in the Tweed Valley and in this post he discusses adventures with his family and taking a can-do attitude to the outdoors – including searching the Cairngorms by ski for a carrot and making his own Canadian canoe!   Hi Chris, and to start, can you introduce…