Advice - Hiking

HIKING

OUR ADVICE

Whether in boots or snowshoes, hiking is the best way to enjoy the mountain. Review your safety basics and expand your knowledge to get the most out of your hikes!

The clothes to wear for trekking The 4-layer system explained by mountain advanced specialists.

Choosing the right clothes for trekking, using the 4-layer technique

When it comes to staying dry and at the right temperature when trekking, there's no use in just multiplying the number of layers: You just need to find the right combination of clothes! The 4-layer rule is a heat management and humidity regulation technique.

THE MICRO-ADVENTURE? YES, BUT WHAT IS IT?

THE MICRO-ADVENTURE? YES, BUT WHAT IS IT?

Get away from it all, even closed to home!

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Our stargazing advice

Every year, in the heart of summer, three evenings are devoted to stargazing. Here is a list of the essential items you need to put in your backpack and our tips for spotting shooting stars!

How to choose the right sleeping bag

How to choose the right sleeping bag

Find all our tips to choose a suitable sleeping bag

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How to observe wildlife in the mountains?

Thanks to the wise advice of Jérémy Calvo, naturalist and head of videos at Quechua, you can discover how to observe animals in the mountains.

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How do you feed yourself when out hiking?

The longer the hike, the more preparation is required. Do not forget meals, snacks and primarily drinks, to make your hike a success.

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Hiking: what are the rules of the game?

Tries, penalties, match points etc. You know the rules of tennis or rugby off by heart. And how about hiking? Although there are no universal rules to speak of, there are broad principles that govern the activity and individual places may enforce their own rules.

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Quechua | Hiking and camping equipment by Decathlon

For over 25 years, we have been by your side, sharing all your adventures, whether big or small, on trails, through forests and up and down mountains.

Which men's padded jacket should you choose?

Which men's padded jacket should you choose?

Choosing the right padded jacket is essential to protect yourself from the cold! Don’t miss out on advice from our sporting experts!

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How do you go to the toilet in the woods?

Did you know that simply relieving yourself in the woods can contaminate streams? With the development of diseases such as giardia and the increasing number of little piles of toilet paper beside the trails, let's look closer at this sanitary issue that is all too often not mentioned.

How do you choose the most suitable two- or three-people tent?

How do you choose the most suitable two- or three-people tent?

Deciding to go camping or bivouacking for the first time with two (or three) people was the easy part. Now you need to choose a tent

How do you train for a trek?

How do you train for a trek?

Have a long trek in the works? Find out what kind of physical preparation you'll need to experience this opportunity for exercise, nature, and fun.

How to cook when camping or staying in a campervan

How to cook when camping or staying in a campervan

Are you are a nomad at heart? Are you planning a camping or campervan holiday but cooking isn't really your forte? You've come to the right place! Elisabeth, an aspiring nomad and cook, offers some advice and easy recipes for cooking when camping.

How do you choose your inflatable tent?

How do you choose your inflatable tent?

Has your neighbour’s inflatable tent piqued your interest? Here’s some advice on how to choose your own!

How to choose a women’s winter jacket or parka?

How to choose a women’s winter jacket or parka

Don’t miss our tips and tricks for keeping warm in the cold weather! Check out our warm and specialised products for women!

How do you choose your men’s winter jacket or parka?

How do you choose your men’s winter jacket or parka?

To make sure you spend a toasty warm winter, look out for our tips and advice! Discover our warm, technical products!

Which men's padded jacket should you choose?

Which women's padded jacket should you choose?

To stay warm in cold weather, it’s important to choose the ideal women's padded jacket! Don’t miss out on our tips and advice!

How to choose your camping tent: 2 Seconds vs classic?

How to choose your camping tent: 2 Seconds vs classic?

Going for a camping weekend and you’re trying to decide between a pole tent and a "2 Seconds" tent? Look no further... here are our tips!

The best hiking routes: Our advice

The best hiking routes: Our advice

Get our advice on how to choose your hiking route according to your level and what you’re looking for. As a bonus, we’ll share some itineraries in France and Europe with you!

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SPEND A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS

Do you dream of spending a night under the stars in the mountains? We don't blame you - it's a magical experience and the night of the falling stars is the perfect way to try out this new experience! Take a look at our tips for a good night's sleep under the stars (shooting or not)!

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How to choose your snowshoes

Want to venture out into the great outdoors in winter? To enjoy the snow without skiing? Then get yourself some snowshoes, and check out our tips for choosing the right ones.

Discover snow hiking with Quechua

Discover hiking in the snow

Do you dream of the mountains in winter and the countryside covered in snow? Yet you're not too keen on skiing or you don't like it at all? Then try snow hiking to make the most of the countryside to your heart's content!

6 warm-up exercises before heading off on a hike

6 warm-up exercises before heading off on a hike

Hikers, even experienced hikers, can sometimes forget to warm up, but it can prevent lots of injuries. Here are 6 exercises that will warm up your muscles.

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How do you wash your hiking clothes in a more eco-friendly way

Washing your clothes in a way that respects the environment is easy and effective! Find out our advice for looking after your hiking clothes while protecting nature.

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DIFFERENT WAYS TO HIKE DURING WINTER

Does hiking rhyme with summer for you? Keep reading and you'll discover that hiking is compatible with winter. You will even discover new sensations and new sports!

Which waterproof to choose?

Which waterproof to choose?

Are you looking for the ideal equipment for all-weather activities? Decathlon can help you choose the right waterproof here!

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How to protect yourself from ticks when hiking in nature?

Lyme disease particularly affects hikers and the pets that accompany them. The disease is usually benign and can be treated with an effective antibiotic, and severe forms are rare. This is why it is necessary to prevent bites and to know the symptoms so that the disease does not become chronic.

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HAVING YOUR PERIOD ON A TREK

Are you hesitating about going on a trek because you’re due to have your period during the trip? The girls from team Forclaz, are on it and share with you their solutions for trekking even when you have your period!

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How to choose warm or après-ski boots?

Check out our advice to help you select your warm or après-ski boots. As we know, when it's cold, it's the extremities that let us know. It’s important to wear the right footwear to stay warm and dry.

What tent should you choose for 4 people?

What tent should you choose for 4 people when hiking or camping?

What tent should you choose when camping or hiking? Let us explain, what are the best criteria for selecting a 4-people tent for your next trip.

The 10 commandments for hiking safely

Do you know about the 10 commandments for hiking safely

To take full advantage of your hikes, we suggest some safety reminders specifically applying to hiking. Don't forget to tell a friend before you leave, prepare your first aid kit and protect your skin from little creatures. Nothing will stop you from going on the adventure!

Discover Quechua's snow hiking glossary

Snow hiking glossary

Snow hiking is a fabulous way to discover the mountain at your leisure or take a more sporty approach. Find here the glossary of this leisure activity that brings you well-being and a change of scenery.

7 tips to conquer acrophobia when hiking

7 tips to overcome the fear of heights when hiking

If you are familiar with that feeling then you may be prone to acrophobia: the fear of heights. Here are 7 tips to control this fear and make your hiking more enjoyable.To note: this advice should not be used as a substitute for the recommendations of a phobia specialist.

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Recipe: Make your own energy balls

Off out hiking? Then consider taking some healthy home-made snacks! As well as being better for your health and the planet, you’ll be proud of having made these delicious energy balls yourself or with your family that provide plenty of energy during your hike!

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"Adventurer at heart" : I tried out camping!

What better way to make your dream come true than to go hiking with friends, to discover new horizons with your backpack, your tent and your sleeping bag. This is exactly what I wanted when I came to the mountains.

WINTER HIKING: CHOOSE THE RIGHT OUTFIT

WINTER HIKING : CHOOSE THE RIGHT OUTFIT

Functional features, utility, warmth, durability… these are just some of the criteria to be considered when buying snow hiking gear. Depending on your level of ability, we can help you make the right choices!

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Sport during pregnancy: hiking when pregnant is possible!

Dear Mothers-to-be, here is some advice so that you can continue to walk during your pregnancy, protecting your health and your baby's while enjoying yourself.

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Learn about hiking

It's said that beautiful landscapes have amazing restorative powers and hiking has proven benefits for walkers; so what are we waiting for.

Choosing your snow hiking outfit using the Quechua advice by Decathlon

HIKING ON SNOW: AN OUTFIT FOR EVERYONE

Functional features, utility, warmth, durability… these are just some of the criteria to be considered when buying snow hiking gear. Depending on your level of ability, we can help you make the right choices!

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How should I care for my hiking socks

Did you know? the quality of your socks significantly impacts the quality of your hikes! Here are our tips for caring for your socks and feet.

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Recipe: Make your own cereal bars

Off out hiking? Then consider taking some healthy home-made snacks! As well as being better for your health and the planet, you’ll be proud of having made these delicious cereal bars yourself or with your family that will provide plenty of energy during your hike!

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6 easy hiking recipes to make with your children before you leave!

To motivate your children to go hiking, there's nothing like getting them involved in preparing a fun and tasty snack or meal. In addition to the fun your child will have scraping the dish, this activity will allow you to spend time with your family before and during your hike.

Mountain hiking: a glossary of terms you should know

Mountain walking: a glossary of terms you should know

Ubac, bergschrund, gully... there are many terms with which you'll be unfamiliar? Check out our mountain walking glossary to help you get the most out of your next trip.

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How do you choose your snowshoe hiking equipment?

Because you mustn’t go snowshoeing without proper preparation, Vincent, head of "Nordic" products at Quechua, gives you advice on how to choose your equipment for your next trip out in the snow.

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Recipe: Make your own vegetable crisps

Are you going hiking? Remember to take healthy and homemade snacks! In addition to being better for your health and the planet than industrial products, you will be proud to have made these delicious vegetable crisps yourself or with your family, to brighten up your picnic when hiking!

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Safety: read the snow

During winter and spring, snow is transformed by the sun and the wind. The snowpack changes. To advance in the best and safest conditions, it is better to know how to read the snow. The Mountain Guides can give you all the information you need to know.

Discover all the benefits of snow hiking

The benefits of hiking on snow

The gentle yet intense sport of hiking on snow is a genuine sport. Check out the 4 benefits of enjoying peace and quiet in the nature.

Choosing between snowshoes and grips for snow hiking: Quechua’s tips

Hiking on snow: snowshoes or snow spikes?

It's time to start hiking on snow but without slipping and without too much effort! We tell you all about the differences between snow crampons (also known as anti-slip or grips) and snowshoes for safe and enjoyable hiking.

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Hiking with young children

Take the time to look carefully at the map and its contours or carry out a reconnaissance of the route.Take the opportunity to check out the orientation and try to choose shady trails in summer - the whole family can keep cool and it will be more pleasant when you take a break.

Our advice on choosing socks for snow hiking

How to choose socks for snow hiking

Length, material, knit fabric, warmth, breathability etc When hiking in the snow, the type of sock you choose is critical. How do you choose the ideal sock that will keep your feet both comfortable and safe?

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Building an igloo: 2 simple and fun methods to be explored

Have a fun winter, learn how to build an igloo! There are two methods to doing this: the traditional method using blocks of snow, or the faster Russian igloo method.

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How to choose your boots for winter hikes

In the Autumn and Winter, to withstand the rain, mud and sometimes the snow or ice, you need the right equipment! Follow our advice on the essential points to be comfortable on all terrains, in all weather!

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How to measure the breathability (R.E.T.) of a material

The breathability of a material is its capacity to eliminate the water vapour generated through perspiration. Therefore, during physical exercise, highly breathable clothing is essential to avoid staying wet.

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How do you restore the water-repellent properties of your jacket?

Does your hiking jacket seemed to have lost some of its waterproofing quality over time? Don't panic, here is how to get it back to how it was!

Camping equipment: tips on what to bring

Camping equipment: tips on what to bring

We've put together a compilation of our top tips for choosing the right camping equipment and making sure you're well equipped.

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8 ACTIVITIES TO GET YOUR KIDS INTO HIKING

Have you heard of Geocaching? Do you know how to build a shack? Discover 8 activities to get your kids into hiking. If you decide to go hiking with your pre-teens, plan some fun, motivating activities to avoid seeing them drag their feet after just five minutes. It's also an opportunity for you to revisit your childhood and spend some special moments with them...

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How to choose a light

Check out all our tips for choosing the right lighting.

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6 tips on how to use your snowshoes properly

Discover how to optimise your comfort and your physical exercise to enjoy your snowshoe hikes to the full!

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How to dress a baby that is being carried during a hike?

When you carry a baby in a baby-carrier, it protects you from the wind and is almost an extra "layer" of clothing. It is preferable to dress the baby in a light and breathable bodysuit. Be sure to cover as many parts of the body as possible to protect from the sun, and don't forget hat and glasses!

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Hiking in the rain : 7 good reasons

Before you admit defeat by bad weather, check out all the advantages of a hike in the rain. When it rains, all of nature blooms.

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Have you heard of dog-led hiking, or dog-led snowshoeing?

This is the perfect time to go snowshoeing and this practical and fun activity is accessible to all ... And for something completely different why not try dog-led snowshoeing and share your hike with a team of sled dogs - unforgettable memories are guaranteed!

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How to choose the right kid’s water bottle

Find out how a water bottle can be useful for your kid, and the criteria that will help you buy the most suitable water bottle for their use.

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How to read an IGN hiking map? Orientation, scale, we tell you all!

Hiking begins even before walking, as we find out the route on the map. A detailed reading of it will provide all the information on what walkers can expect, hence it is a useful and important tool.

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Hiking on snow: high or low boots?

Depending on the weather conditions, difficulty of the route, state of the snow, etc., there are plenty of factors that you need to consider when choosing the right footwear for a snow hike. We give you all the advice you need for finding your feet!

How to choose your hiking bum bag?

How to choose your hiking bum bag?

When travelling, trekking or just in everyday life, a bum bag can be very useful. We explain how to choose one.

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How to prepare your first aid kit? What to put in it for a safe hike?

What should you put in a first-aid kit during a day hike or at night (with return to base camp every night), on not very remote trails?

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How do you choose the material for your water bottle?

Looking for a new water bottle for your hikes? Decathlon can help you choose the perfect material for your sports equipment!

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Looking after your feet: how can you avoid exercise-induced purpura when hiking?

Following a hike, some walkers may experience red patches on their feet, ankles and/or calves. So, what is it?

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HOW TO CHOOSE A PADDED JACKET, PULLOVER, FLEECE FOR HIKING?

Choosing a warm second layer for hiking depends on 3 criteria: intensity of the exercise, outside temperature and the windproofing and water-repellency of the layer.

Choosing the right babies' hiking shoes

Choosing the right babies' hiking shoes

Getting the right hiking equipment for baby primarily involves choosing the best footwear. The following 3 factors must be taken into account at all costs: the sole, the comfort and the support.

Understanding the different measurement indicators

Understanding how tent waterproof levels are measured

What is the waterproof difference between a tent with waterproof fabric withstanding a "2,000 mm water column", and a tent that passes the laboratory shower test of 200 litres of water per hour per sqm?

Winter hiking, how to equip yourself well?

Winter hiking: how to dress properly from head to toe

You know it already: having good boots is the guarantee of making the most of your hike. In winter, it's even more true! Grip and support remain essential criteria to which are added thermal insulation and impermeability.

Do 10,000 steps without realising it: walk differently!

Do 10,000 steps without realising it: walk differently!

Would you like to do your 10,000 steps in an unusual way? Do you fancy a bit of theatre, music and tasting?

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SKIING HOLIDAY

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SKIING HOLIDAY

The key ingredients for having a great skiing season are anticipation, organisation and a very careful physical preparation.

Bananas: calories, benefits, and more!

Bananas: calories, benefits, and more!

Let's get under the skin of the banana. Before we take a bite, as it is or cooked, let's take a look at its nutritional qualities. We asked Edwige, dietitian, a bunch of questions. And we got some answers. Keep your eyes peeled!

Getting ready for your hike: our advice before departure

Getting ready for your hike: our advice before departure

No matter what the season, it is very important to prepare your hike properly: your equipment and route. It is even more essential if you wish to go during a season when weather is changeable. Even if it is a day or half-day hike, good preparation is necessary: weather forecast, choice of the route and equipment.

Our advice for hiking responsibly

Hiking while limiting our impact : how to explore the mountains?

Today, it is important to preserve our playground, nature, so that we can enjoy it for as long as possible, and our children after us. Discover eco-hiking: or how to explore the mountains around us while respecting the environment?

New-generation fleeces

New-generation fleeces

More technical, more resistant, more durable, warmer! Discover our new MH520 fleeces!

Our fleeces give plastic the boot

Plastic bottles can take a hike

Yes, you can make super fleeces completely from recycled bottles!

ECO-DESIGN: OVER 10 YEAR OF MASSIVE COMMITMENT!

10 YEARS OF ROCK SOLID COMMITMENT TO ECO-FRIENDLY DESIGN

We have been sustainable for a long time; And eco-design is one of our hiking beliefs...

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Repairability of products: dare to repair

In addition to producing durable products, Quechua also focuses on product repairability. Let's not throw things away, let's repair them!

OUR IRONCLAD FAITH IN STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel, our cast-iron guarantee

When it comes to more sustainable hiking, this material has many fine qualities.

Less waste water is smarter

Two eco-design allies : Dope Dyed and Biton

Find out about our actions to minimise water use in the production of our products

How to hike clean

Our pieces of advice to be a good hiker

When the snow disappears, the flora takes over. The first flowers appear... Unfortunately, this idyllic picture is often ruined by the reappearance of litter that has been dumped and buried under snow during the winter. Here's how to hike clean!

THE MOUNTAIN CALL | FOR PROJECTS

THE MOUNTAIN CALL | CALL FOR PROJECT

The Mountain call Quechua is a call for project to any association willing to protect the mountain environment.

SAVE THE VULTURE!

PROTECT THE BEARDED VULTURE!

The bearded vulture is an endangered species. We support the Asters association which fights tooth and nail for its protection.

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Quechua is committed: discover our solidarity actions!

Preserving our playground is a key issue, which is why So, in addition to our eco-design actions, Quechua is committed to several associations working to protect the mountain environment.

Snowmen and snowball fights have fun!

Snowmen and snowball fights have fun!

Snowmen and snowball fights, take off your ski boots, and put on your snow boots... "kids, wait for me!".

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THE ANSWER IS CRYSTAL CLEAR: THINK BLUE, GO GREEN

THE FLASK SAGA: AN INCREASINGLY DURABLE STORY!

ECO-HIKING: hiking to clean up our trails

"Hike Up, Pick Up": hiking to help collect waste on our trails

Let's walk against waste in the mountain to preserve our playground and enjoy the pleasures of nature!

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How to choose the best hiking backpack?

Whether you’re just going for a stroll for a few hours, on a day-long hike, fast hiking, mountain trekking or backpacking through a region, we have the backpack for you. Check out all our tips to make the right choice!

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How do you measure the waterproofing of a hiking jacket

How do you measure the waterproofness of a hiking jacket?

Enduction, membrane, water repellency: Does that mean anything to you? These are all elements that will affect the waterproofing of your waterproof hiking jacket. Find out how to measure the waterproof rating!

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How to choose your hiking fleece? Discover all our advice to help you.

What criteria should you take into consideration when choosing your hiking fleece? Warmth? Thickness? Weight or breathability? There is no single answer to these questions, everything depends on your needs! So how do you choose? We explain it all to you.

How to choose the size of your hiking gaiters

How to choose the size of your hiking gaiters

Need some hiking gaiters, but would like some help choosing the right size and model? Find out about the different uses for gaiters, the size and height you need and how to put them on.

HOW TO CHOOSE A GLASSES CASE

HOW TO CHOOSE A GLASSES CASE

You glasses case allows you to carry your sunglasses in your trouser pocket, backpack or belt when you are hiking in the mountains. If you are looking for a sunglasses case, here are the questions that will help you choose one that suits your needs!

Snow Contact: sole for added grip and traction

Snow Contact: Shoe soles for snow

Thanks to Snow Contact technology, Quechua has created a new sole to ensure you enjoy maximum grip when hiking on snowy ground.

Dark chocolate & fleur de sel pan'cake

DARK CHOCOLATE & FLEUR DE SEL PAN'CAKE

Here's a recipe for a great breakfast, giving pancakes a special, camping-friendly twist. Easy to prepare, this recipe is sure to be a hit with family and friends alike. You can also take this one-pan cake on the go as a snack during your hikes!

Properly protecting your child from the sun

How do you protect your children properly in the sun?

We are going to get the full benefit of being in the sun when we are outdoors! Here are our tips so your children keep lovely memories of these outings.

Recipe / Chilli style quinoa

Recipe / Chilli style quinoa

Pineapple, chilli and grilled corn, for a fortifying sweet and sour after a day in the mountains.