If everyone cycled..

cycle cityToday, the EU transport sector is the biggest greenhouse gas emitting economic sector, exceeding the 1990 emission levels by 20% and accounting for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

The European Cyclists Federation (ECF) made it very clear recently, that cycling is able to contribute to stopping climate change.

“Achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner”.

The ECF, welcomes this goal, viewing it as a key sentence in the European Long-Term Climate Strategy.

250 million Europeans cycle, however more cyclists are needed to achieve the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In order to this, apparently the number of cyclists need to quadruple to 1000 cyclists.

“This could reduce CO2 emissions by 555 million tonnes by 2050. This is roughly equivalent to the CO2 emission of the whole of the UK and Ireland combined for 2015”.

This is to say that quadrupling the number of cyclists in the EU can reduce the CO2 emission by a level that the 71 million inhabitants of the UK and Ireland are responsible for.

Not only this, but, the quality of living will be improved through a reduction in air pollution, noise and accidents.

There is the need to put the bicycle industry at the core of sustainable development in order to protect the environment and better the cities around the world.

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Night riding London 2019

London Nightrider 2019 gives you the opportunity to explore the city at night by bike.

Registration to join the hundreds of other cyclists taking part in the 2019 London Nightrider is now open. Registration before the 31st of December 2018 is only £29.

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London Nightrider is celebrating its 10th anniversary!

It is a fun charity event at night in the heart of London, giving you the chance to explore the cities sights, latest attractions and famous landmarks on wheels.

London Nightrider is the perfect time to see the capital through different eyes, cycling down the quiet streets and watching the first glimmers of the sunrise as you complete your ride. The routes are all fully sign posted allowing you to cycle at your chosen pace. GPS is also available to anyone who wants it. Support, back up and regular break stops are provided throughout the night with a breakfast and medal waiting for you at the finish line.

Cycle on your own, with your friends, family or work colleagues for a Saturday night like no other. This is not a timed ride, or a sportive ride but rather all about having fun and cycling together.

The ride starts from the Lee Valley VeloPark with a 1-mile lap of the road circuit before heading out towards north London. You have a choice between a 100km and 50km circular route, both routes will take you past many of London’s famous landmarks, including Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Power Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the rare chance to cycle along The Mall!

Is it for me?

  • If you want to challenge yourself with friends in an amazing atmosphere, then this is for you!
  • Cycling 100km at night is a challenge, therefore this event is not suitable for beginners.
  • You should be confident at riding a bicycle alongside road traffic.

Join Sustrans Nightrider London team on one of their limited Charity Places securing your place by paying £29 before the 31st of December and raise a minimum of £175 for charity.

Or register for the discounted fee of £75 and you can support any charity of your choice, raising as much money as you would like.

  • You’ll receive a fundraising pack with ideas and tips to help you reach your fundraising target
  • A Sustrans T-shirt and a Nightrider hi-vis vest

Get climbing

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Climbing is the perfect activity all year round. It is not just a fun activity to do in your down time with friends and family, or to meet new people but a healthy activity with numerous benefits. During the summer you can take to the outdoors, with some amazing climbing locations all across the UK. But, it doesn’t stop there, across the months during winter you can visit thousands of climbing centres and hit the wall.

Getting started

If you have never climbed before.

You fancy giving it a go.

Well, you can start right here with these two easy steps.

Start by hitting a wall. Climbing walls provide the perfect environment filled with adventure and fun, coupled with a safe and friendly atmosphere. You have the options to hire gear and access to introductory courses that teach you important safety skills.

Now that you’re ready to take the next step.

Why don’t you take to the outdoors, you can take a course with qualified instructors to learn how to climb safely on real rocks. If this isn’t for you, you can join a climbing club and take the adventure with new friends that you meet along the way.

If you are already into the climbing scene and are looking for some new places to check out, look no further.

Here is a list of the top 10 best places to climb in the UK.

  1. Land’s End, Cornwall
  2. Berry Head, South Devon
  3. Valley of the Rocks, North Devon
  4. Isle of Portland, Dorset
  5. Dancing Ledge, Dorset
  6. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
  7. Symonds Yat, Wye Valley
  8. Huntsman’s Leap, Pembrokeshire
  9. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower
  10. Harrison’s Rocks, East Sussex

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Get hiking

Since the 18th Century, hiking has been a widely undertaken pastime. From Wordsworth to Coleridge to Keats, Britain has a rich history of walking through the countryside for pleasure. Mass trespasses by ramblers in the Peak district in 1932 lead to the passing of Mountain Access Bill, which eventually guaranteed the British people’s ‘right to roam’ the countryside.
As a result, hiking is one of the most popular and accessible activities in the UK. With thousands of square miles of beautiful countryside throughout the country and minimal barriers to access, hiking is a healthy way to spend time outdoors that can be as relaxing or as challenging as you make it.

Getting Started

Hiking/walking/rambling in the UK is so popular and accessible that wherever you are, you can feel assured that a good rambling route is never far away. Visit these links to find out more about hiking in the UK:
The National Trails – You’ll find everything you need to plan your visit to the best Trails in England and Wales, whether you’re looking for a family day out, a short walk, ride, a really good ice cream or a life-changing long distance walk experience.
Ramblers – Britain’s walking charity. Find routes, seek expert advice, campaign for walkers rights and more.
The National Trust – Walking – Find a walking route or event.


Walking is associated with numerous health benefits; both physical and mental. Walking is not only proven to benefit the cardiovascular system, but is associated with enhanced creativity, clarity of thought and providing a sense of inner calm, being at one with one’s environment.

Get fishing

Angling is a method of catching fish by means of a hook which is usually attached to a fishing rod by a line. It is a challenging and relaxing pastime that is popular and accessible worldwide.

Getting started

The internet is awash with information and resources about fishing in the UK. See the linked websites below for news and information about all types of angling.

Angling Trust Organisation for Anglers – The Angling Trust is the new, single organisation to represent all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling in England.
Go Fishing – Gofishing.co.uk is dedicated to providing the very best news, tackle, tactics and tips for today’s angler.
Buy a UK fishing rod license – You need a fishing rod licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt and eel with a rod and line in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk region of Scotland.

Types of Angling

Game fish are pursued, generally for sport by recreational anglers. They are often eaten after being caught, although ‘catch-and-release’ fishing is becoming more popular as concerns about dwindling fish populations grow. Game fish can be freshwater or saltwater fish. Game fishing is popular as it is a source of food and entertainment. Bigger fish are generally more highly prized in game fishing.

Course angling refers to the act for fishing for any fish that are not considered game fish. The primary motivations for course fishing are for pleasure or competition. Specimen hunting is also popular, as anglers hunt for the biggest fish of a certain species. The main techniques for course angling are float fishing, legering and spinning.

Get boating

There’s so much fun to be had out on the water! From rowing boats to sail boats to canoes, kayaks and barges, jet-skis and motorboats, there’s bound to be some sort of aquatic adventure vessel that takes your fancy.

Boating is a broad term covering many aspects of water sport and leisure. This section hopes to educate and inspire anybody looking to explore the ‘other’ two thirds of the Earth’s surface.

Getting Started

Boating is one of the best ways to get away from it all; remove yourself from the daily grind and enjoy the open water. Choose to push your limits on a windsurfer, or relax with a cocktail aboard a luxury yacht; there are options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Visit some of the links below to find out about boating destinations, events, clubs, tuition, disciplines and more…

RYA – Start Boating – A guide to getting out on the water for the very first time!
Accessible Boating – A Charity offering opportunities for people with access difficulties to go boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire, UK.
UK Boating – The UK’s only regular inland waterway television program.
The Guardian – UK Boating Holidays – Articles about and recommendations of boating holidays in the UK.

Stock up for Autumn/Winter 2014

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey… It’s time to start thinking about keeping warm as the seasons change and the clocks go back.

Winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves and socks can all be purchased on finance through our selected retail network.

If you’re into your snowsports, then why not bundle these winter essentials with some new skis, a snowboard, boots or bindings?

With Take it outdoors you can get what you need to enjoy the winter today and pay for it on your terms!

Skier in the sun

Summer’s here!

Carpé Diem! Summer is here and it won’t last forever, so make sure you’re making the most of the weather with Take it outdoors.

You can use Take it outdoors to spread the cost on all the equipment you need to make this summer one to remember. Get outside with friends and get active. Tone muscles, tan skin, build relationships, and learn skills. Experience life from an entirely different perspective; live each day like it’s your last and don’t go home until the sun has set.

These are the days you’ll miss come winter; don’t let them slip away! Be spontaneous and make memories with Take it outdoors.


Canoes, kayaks, sailboats, ropes, rigging, camping tents, festival tents, sleeping bags, jackets, backpacks, fuel, walking boots, cookware, ropes, belays, climbing shoes, running shoes, fishing rods, bait, reels, lures, floats, seatboxes, alarms, saddles, stirrups, hats, gloves, bridles, shotguns, rifles, crossbows, longbows, skis, snowboards, boots and bindings, surfboards, wetsuits, bikes, wheels, clothing…

It’s all available on finance through our network of specialist retailers!


What can I get on finance?

With Take it outdoors, you can get finance on just about any outdoor equipment and accessories that you desire.

Spread the cost on anything from skis to canoes, tents to riding saddles, crossbows to fishing reels and anything else you can think of!

It’s easy – simply visit our Finance calculator page and figure out how much you can afford each month, before clicking the Find a retailer button to find your local Take it outdoors specialist.