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.
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 🌿🍓
They say when you’ve seen the world, there’s always Greenland. Mighty glaciers, Inuit hunters, the Northern Lights, polar bears on the kill – this is the story of my voyage around is magical ice-clad land with Quark Expeditions. Worth a watch just for the extremely cute husky puppies.
Competition: fancy winning £500 worth of photography kit?
I'm judging Urban Cottage Industries awesomenew #lettherebelight photo competition. The focus of the competition is one of my favourite outdoor photography themes – playing with light.
How to enter:
After a new rucksack? Meet the adventurous traveller’s new best mate. The perfectly sized new Osprey Europe Fairview 40 litre rucksack, £100, is roomy enough for all your kit but still small enough to sail through airport security and to work as an excellent hiking backpack.
One a little closer to home - my outdoorsy guide to my own fair Bristol, the city of bridges and balloons (and cycling, climbing, riding, trail running and plenty more).
The outdoorsy girl's guide to Bristol
Grab your trainers and explore some of the best scenery the UK has to offer with my pick of the seven best trail runs in Britain for Red Bull Adventure
From the toughest courses to the most incredible views and the best after party, these seven events showcase the very best of Great British trail running, and they all promise to deliver mud, sweat and post-run beers.
Every woman has her Everest - in praise of small adventures.
"There’s this idea that to achieve your dreams you need to quit your job and dedicate your life to extreme adventure. But it’s also ok (more than ok) to work 9-5 and have a busy life and a dog to walk and Friday evenings in the pub and to simply make time when you can for the outdoors, for nature and for travel. This much I know – filling your life with plenty of small, happy adventures in wild places is a sure route to happiness."
In need of some fresh gear for autumn? My three latest kit reviews for The Independent might sort you out.
Best backpacking tents
Best active swimsuits
Best down jackets and midlayers
Fabulous day at Women's Adventure Expo. So many inspiring tales of adventure from epic lady explorers and loved getting to chat storytelling.
Only a few days to go until the Women's Adventure Expo returns for its third year on the 7th October 2017. The Expo in Bristol at AT-Bristol (We the Curious) with a stellar lineup of adventurous speakers, amazing workshops, exciting exhibitors and the chance to try new outdoor activities.
I'm so proud to be speaking alongside some amazing and inspiring women, including Squash Falconer Mollie Hughes - Everest NorthSide expedition 2017 Beth french Paddle Against Plastic UK A Lotus Rises The Itinerant Anna McNuff Laura Kennington Anna Blackwell and Bex Band - 'the Ordinary Adventurer'.
If you come along do come and say hi, and let me know if you have any questions you'd like me to cover in my talk.
More info and tickets here: http://womensadventureexpo.co.uk/
Ahhh October, month of leaf swishing, ghost stories and breaking out your woolly jumper collection. Anyone for easy peasy pumpkin pie (slightly less cliche than a spiced latte)?
A tabletop firebowl!
NEED. TO. MAKE.
Build an adventure-ready first aid kit
First aid is an invaluable skill to have anywhere, but it’s especially important in the back of beyond, for treating yourself or others. Pack a soft mini kit bag for treks and travelling with my list of essentials.
Come aboard the Bessie Ellen, one of the last of Britain’s traditional trading ketches still to sail our seas, with my video diary of our island-hopping explorations in Scotland. I've been trying to film more of my travel adventures and I do a bit of presenting in this one (and get extremely excited about puffins).
Do Copenhagen like a local with this lovely interview with my inspiring friend Karina Kold <3
Calling all adventurous women!
I'm super excited to be speaking at this year's Women's Adventure Expo in a stellar lineup of inspiring ladies. I'll be chatting about the fine art of creating stories out of your adventures and how to get into travel writing.
Tickets available now - see you on the 7th October in Bristol!
I'm off to Base Camp Festival 2017!
If you're heading there too come and say hello and come along to my free talk on getting into adventure blogging and travel writing on Saturday at 10am.
Tonight's bedtime is going to be a little bit different! Come on over to Instagram later for cliff camping videos of all our portaledge-ing fun/abject terror ⛺️🌊
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