When you realise you're going to actually have to go in the ocean after blithely deciding a January swim was a great idea.
Ready for a year of fresh air? I'm super proud to be named one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOutside champions for 2018, along with a big gang of inspiring explorers. Lots of cake-fuelled outdoor adventures to come!
WEEKEND ADVENTURES FOR UNDER £50
“You don’t have to be rich to travel well,” noted travel writer Eugene Fodor. Get more bang for your buck with my brilliant weekend adventures for Red Bull Adventure – they all cost under £50 each.
On fear, and how to conquer it.
Off to the Alps for a spot of skiing or board this season? You need my guide to layering up for winter sports.
I’m very excited about this one! An interview with the uber-inspiring Jen Randall Light Shed Pictures, multi award-winning filmmaker and the lady behind the lens of The Bothy Project, Operation Moffat and new, heart-plucking documentary Psycho Vertical, based on the autobiography of big wall climber Andrew Kirkpatrick.
New walking route: Chapel Porth to St Agnes, Cornwall.
This easy to follow walk (or trail run) includes all the Cornish classics – beautiful old mine shafts, wild flowers, deep blue ocean and, of course, a warm pub waiting at the end.
Heading for the white stuff in 2018? Check out my top ski and snowboard jackets, salopettes and base layers, chosen for The Independent.
Is your winter wardrobe missing a great padded mid-layer? Montane's Phoenix is warm, versatile and adventure ready.
Ten outdoors challenges for 2018
I don’t massively subscribe to ‘new year, new you’ bollocks that gets bandied about every January but I do believe in setting myself rewarding ways to get outdoors more. These ten easy challenges are guaranteed to get you off the sofa, into your hiking boots and out in the wild this year.
Happy NYE! Tomorrow I'm starting 2018 in proper outdoors fashion by taking on Berghaus' #Berghausfirstfoot challenge - 10,000 steps (5 miles) of hiking on the first day of the year, followed by my traditional New Year's Day swim!
Happy Christmas! Wishing you many mince pies and country walks. 🌲
Little changes. My resolution for 2017 was to only use reusable bottles and flasks for water and coffee. Cutting out single use plastic (inspired by Paddle Against Plastic) is such an easy change to make - for once, a really simple solution to a scary problem. I've been keeping a tally and my KeepCup and Hydroflask have saved me around 100 plastic bottles and cups this year. Get one for Christmas!
Walks in winter wonderlands. Did you get snow?
THE GREAT OUTDOORSY CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2017
Tis the season to be jolly! And to give these lovely presents to your outdoors-mad friends and family. This year my gift guide has a bit of a beachy, country vibe to it – expect cosy woolly blankets and jumpers, fire and forest-inspired treats, practical gadgets and some very cheerful wellingtons. Happy Christmas!
Volunteering abroad? Watch this first.
The active guide to Edmonton, Alberta
This vibrant city is more than just a great base for exploring the Rockies – it’s also an adventurous capital in its own right, full of outdoor activities to try and cosy places to eat and spend the night.
Where are you walking this weekend? I'm aiming to include more regular walking guides including maps and directions over on The Girl Outdoors. Where would you like to see routes for?
My latest walk: Alcock Tarn, Cumbria
Hunt out a perfect, panoramic view of the Lake District on this beautiful walk in the fells above Grasmere.
We've all been there! 😴
Where are you skiing this winter? How about swapping France or Austria for beautiful Bulgaria? Bansko is not your average ski town, and fun, friendly Snomads is definitely not your average chalet.
New review: the beautifully crafted Mountain Light Cascade hiking boots from Danner
Extremely proud to make this list along with some very inspiring outdoorswomen!
Where the wild things play. A walk up Alcock Tarn after Kendal Mountain Festival.
Hello Kendal Mountain Festival! Started the day with a little 10k trail run up Scout Scar and a catch up with the lovely Paddle Against Plastic, The Itinerant and Columbia Sportswear. Now for some films and talks (and carbs) 🎥 ⛰
The neverending quest for beautiful places to swim in the wild in Britain continues. This time my lovely friend Kate took me to seek out Sharrah Pools in the river Dart.
Ready to hit the pistes? I’ve been testing out the best snow jackets, salopettes and base layers for The Independent. My top picks will keep your warm and happy in the mountains all winter.
The outdoorsy girl's guide to Bristol: swim, climb, SUP, cycle, ramble and be merry.
ADVENTURE KIT ITEMS THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
The great outdoors is an extremely beautiful place – but it can also be pretty inhospitable. From water filters to paracord bracelets, I’ve picked ten must-pack bits of kit for Red Bull Adventure that are designed to aid survival in extreme environments.
Planning your next weekend away? The Forest of Dean is chock-full of adventure – clamber through caves, canoe down rivers and mountain bike along leafy paths before a well-deserved evening in a cosy forest pub.
A fantastic message from Maia Media. Your body is not an enemy - it'll take you to amazing places.
15 genius camping hacks for your next night under canvas. What would you add to the list?
Britain's best birdwatching walks:
Just because winter is coming doesn't mean there's not plenty of beautiful wildlife to discover outdoors. These glorious walks will let you spot puffins, choughs, oystercatchers and more. Don’t forget your binoculars.
Snow season is almost here!
"I think snowsports are becoming more accessible, equipment is easier to get hold of and there is a lot of help available. So just go for it!" - pro freerider Angelica Sykes, shot for Snooks
Friday vibes from The Enjoyable Rut
New kit review: the extremely comfy KEEN Terradora leather boot is perfect for travellers
Love this from the awesome Anna McNuff! Periods are a normal part of adventure if you've got lady bits - it's time we all talked about it like the completely natural thing it is. And surfing the crimson wave is absolutely no reason not to do all the intrepid things you want to do and love to do. ❤️🥊
Celebrate the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness by wrapping up in Seasalt Clothing's cosy new layers and planning a colourful walk in my favourite British woodlands.
Autumn foraging favourites to seek out on your next country walk! What have you spotted in the hedgerows?
No more hibernating.
Staying active all winter with Dickies cold weather clothing
Lovely gardening hacks 🌿🍓
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