The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Gloucestershire Edition

Wouldn't you though?

We're full of the joys of Spring here at Muddy. Why, you ask? We've spritzed the office and everyone in it with this zingy, sunshiny, delicious new fragrance from natural beauty brand Neom.

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Win an £800 stay at the lake!

3 Feb 2017

We do try to push the boat out on prizes for you to win, but we’ve had we had one so delicious it was literally bobbing over the water. But check out this lakeside view!

Another Place, The Lake in Ullswater in the Lake District is the most ridiculously gorgeous, luxurious, stylish hotel we’ve seen in a very long time and we’ve nabbed a two-night stay, worth nearly £800, for one lucky Muddy reader (and your plus one obvs).

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How to keep your mojo in winter

30 Jan 2017

How have the New Year’s resolutions been going? The thrice-weekly runs, salad lunches and interminable juicing? Not so great? Well, it turns out that winter is completely the wrong time of year to be pulling on that scratchy hair shirt. In fact, according to Chalford-based yoga teacher and life coach Claire Beeley, winter should be devoted to restoring and recharging. Hibernating really. Like a bear. But how can we do this when we feel so much ‘New Year, new you’ pressure bombarding us everywhere we look?

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6 of the best walks and pubs

30 Jan 2017

There’s something about a walk and pub combo in winter that makes you feel both virtuous (without the need for Lycra) and cossetted (that’s the pub bit obv). And in Gloucestershire, we’re utterly spoilt for choice. This list but scratches the surface of great rambling and public house pairings; I’ve tried to cover a few geographical bases here and no doubt you’ve got your own favorites, which the muddy hound (here he is on the scent of a good pub) and I would be more than happy to check out, so do get in touch.

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5 far-flung adventures to see away the winter blues

30 Jan 2017

Phew, January’s nearly over and the final furlong of winter approaches, but it’s biting hard now and, to be honest, sitting in front of the telly in a onesie still feels like a good option. But I have just the thing to put a spring back in your step and get you out of that onesie and into a pair of shorts quicker than you can say Phileas Fogg.

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Guilt-free treats

30 Jan 2017

I know we’re all still on a New Year’s self-flagellation programme of extreme diet and exercise (no? me neither, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot and, hey, the old grey matter uses up loads of calories, doesn’t it?). But meh, who cares, may I tempt you with some almond truffles courtesy of Gloucester’s hip and healthy Guru Coffee House? Not as dangerous as they seem. In fact, they’re very of the whip-your-body-into-shape moment – as you’ll see from the ingredients, there’s no sugar people, and no dairy, and no gluten – so I say, woohoo!

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Drama on the high seas

30 Jan 2017

Fancy you’ve got the next Raymond Carver in your midst? Or perhaps Joseph Conrad would be more appropriate, as Giffords Circus, the village green circus with the big imagination, is running a competition to write a story inspired by its upcoming summer show ‘Any Port in a Storm’.

A rich vein to mine – dastardly pirates, treasure islands, creatures of the deep, heart of darkness quests, dramas on the high seas – I reckon it might be hard to keep your watery adventure to just 500 words, but that’s the limit boys and girls.

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