Planning for A Mini Adventure

Written by: Isobella Ash

At Orvis, defining and celebrating #TheArtoftheMiniAdventure is important to us now more than ever. So, what does adventure mean to you? For many, it’s all about exploring a new place, water, or summit and the journey that takes you there. Orvis PR and Events Associate, Emma Sandham, borrowed the iconic Orvis Land Rover to assist her on her adventures at home in Cumbria late last year. Today, Emma talks us through the them and give some tips on preparing for a mini adventure.

In a period where we have never spent so much time in our homes, we have come to appreciate the art of the mini-adventure – exploring our local waters, walks, and landscapes with the people closest to us – in a brand new light. For me personally, the last 12 months has allowed me to explore my local area in Cumbria more than I ever have before. Quarantine-friendly trips are not only possible but have been a highlight of my year.

Whether it’s been walking our 9-month-old Labrador, Tiggy, or hiking the beautiful fells with my family and partner Tom, I’ve really come to appreciate the fleeting adventures we can have in familiar places. 

I feel very lucky to live in these surroundings, although so many parts of the UK offer stunning landscapes. From the South Downs in Sussex, coastlines of Cornwall and the vast Peak District to the dramatic scenes in Scotland and Wales, I have come to crave trips to various parts of the UK, which I hope to take one day when it is safe to do so. 

Here in the Lakes, planning is key. I am familiar with many walks and peaks perfect for a local adventure, but still find myself researching routes and maps to navigate to the top. Likewise, with fly fishing, Tom and I have our favourite local rivers, stillwaters, and beats, so finding new ones requires more planning and research. 

Below is my essential guide to preparing for a mini adventure and enjoying smaller trips during lockdown.

 What You Need For A Mini Adventure

OS Maps

Planning your trip to a new area is often difficult, but with good research and reliable maps, this is easy to overcome. The Ordnance Survey map app offers hundreds of thousands of ready-made routes across the country and is so useful when following routes in new places. Free websites to use would be WalkLakes or the National Trust Website and for more ideas local to you, try Walkiees which offers popular dog walking routes in your area that are perfect for quarantine-friendly trips. For fishing, we find Facebook groups and local contacts at fishing clubs useful, but you can always speak to an Orvis Endorsed Guide or fishing associate in one of the Orvis retail stores for more ideas. 


The Orvis Pro Insulated Hoody is everything. For cold weather walking and fishing it offers everything I need in a warm jacket, not only this, it lends itself to everyday activities like walking the dog or popping out to the supermarket. This staple item takes on the elements and provides the protection necessary in even the harshest environments. Whether that’s on top of a snow-topped fell or underneath waders, it’s truly essential. Walking boots, insulated bottom layers, a beanie, and an Orvis Slingpack – you have what you need for a mini-adventure. 

Yeti Tumbler and a flask of coffee

It’s hard to truly appreciate #TheArtofTheMiniAdventure without hot coffee and a picnic lunch, so both of these items are packed without a second thought.

Prepping the Car

When preparing for a mini-adventure, we always make sure to think about Tiggy’s journey.

I use my Orvis Dog Traveller’s Kit for dry food, water, and of course treats. It’s lightweight with enough pet food for day trips during lockdown or weekend jaunts and the two smaller vessels serve as easy to clean water and food bowls. To keep Tiggy safe and comfortable in the car, we have been using the Orvis Travel Crate – the crate has a sherpa fleece mat that features a water-resistant backing, which removes for washing. Even better, the outer shell can be hosed off at the end of a muddy adventure.

Get Involved

In 2021, we will make more of the time we are allowed to spend outdoors and more importantly, use what we learnt in 2020 to appreciate the simpler things in life – long walks with our dogs, a weekend away, and that feeling of jumping into your car to drive somewhere new.  

Where will your local adventure take you after lockdown? Tag us on our @orvisuk social channels using #TheArtofTheMiniAdventure and #OrvisUK and we’ll share our favourites. 

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