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Quick but indispensible news including sharp new Peak crash pad, broadband Dales accommodation, TNF and Rohan shorts and 'stylish' new walking shoes and boots for women from Italia...

Posted: 23 June 2005
by Jon

What with it being summer, we're getting into the seasonal silly season, but here are few news briefs that might be of interest.

Broadband In Wensleydale

Fancy a week in the Dales, but can't live without broadband? Pamela and Mike Hayes have fitted a broadband connection to one of their holiday cottages in Wensleydale, so now you can take the outside world with you. There's also a connection point in the couple's b and b accommodation.

See for more details

New Peak Pad

Also on the accommodation front, there's an intersting new option in the centre of the Dark Peak near Ladybower, which has some superb walking and biking terrain and is handily close to all that Peak gritstone.

Peak Pad is a dramatic looking conversion of the original Ladybower pumping station and looks like a great option for that mildly luxurious weekend away - go as a group and you could spend as little as 15 quid per head a night.

More details at

Rohan Shorts A Go Go

What with it being summer and all, the nice people at Rohan are emphasising their range of warm weather friendly legwear highlighting their new Cargo Shorts fro men complete with three handy zipped cargo pockets and built-in sun protectiion at £45.

For women, the company has the mid -length Tropic Short which are fast-drying, wrinkle free, erm, shorts designed for women who want to leave the ironing behind when they go away for a weekend or longer. Price is £39.

More Rohan info and on line ordering at

Stylish Wimmin's Shoes From Trezetta

The new Juliette walking shoe and boot is targeted straight at the more fashion-conscious end of the walking market - so not us then. Said to be 'complete with Italian flair', the shoe uses a blend of waterproof suede, Cordura and a Gore-Tex XCR lining with a sooper dooper sole incorporating a microporous shock absorber along with a grippy outsole.

The Juliette is available in low or mid-cut versions and claims to offer a stylish alternative to more traditional walking boots. Hey ho :-)

More details from - follow the Trezeta link, doh...

The North Face Keeps Your Legs Happy

The guys at TNF would like us to tell you that they have an extensive range of shorts and trousers under the Tekware area of their vast wardrobe, so we shall...

The Paramount and Meridian trousers and shorts are aimed squarely at adventure travel as well as slopping around in the UK. This year the Meridian's get a softer, more comfortable fabric, new style pockets on cargo pants and shorts, roll up cuffs on the trews and articulated knees.The fabric has a UPF of 30 + for sun protection too and they're quick drying as well.

The Paramount trousers and shorts use a heavier weight fabric for added toughness and new convertible pants and cargo shorts debut this year. They offer the same sun protection factor as the Meridian too and again, like the Meridians, the convertibles come in a variety of leg lengths for optimum fit.

Nice to see 'trousers' instead of 'pants' for a change. It's all getting a tad too mid-Atlantic for us...

More Tekware details from

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