If you've seen the news over the Easter bank holiday weekend, you'll undoubtedly know that there has been a spate of fires on the UK's moorland. Coming at the end of a dry winter (and last year's long, hot, dry summer), it's perhaps unsurprising that the ground in our countryside is missing the usual muddy … Continue reading Moorland fires – what’s the impact and how can we prevent them?
I enjoy spending time in the hills with other people, but every so often I like to head out on a solo trip to a new area. It keeps my comfort zone from shrinking, brushes up my navigation skills, and allows me to immerse myself in my environment in a way that I could never … Continue reading Tips for going solo in the hills
The last week of 2018 saw me with a nasty bout of flu - and bizarrely, the start of 2018 had been exactly the same. These two periods of ill health made me wonder if it had really been an 'annus horribilis' or whether there were actually some incredible adventures which were just being forgotten. … Continue reading 2018: A year of adventures
Working as a freelancer, it's easy to fall into the trap of sitting at the computer all day with a head full of writing, marketing and business planning. I've been known to get so engrossed in my work that come the end of the day, I've not been out of the front door or spoken … Continue reading Let your curiosity run wild – go explore
This week is Mental Health Awareness week, with this year's focus being on stress. We often struggle to talk about mental health here in the western world. So much of our lifestyles are about achievement, wealth, the latest tech, showing others how well we are doing. In reality, our super connected lifestyle is often contributing … Continue reading It’s good to talk about mental health
Back in late December 2017, the Outdoor-Girl site was nominated for a Liebster Award. If you're wondering when the fanfare, streamers and bubbly were flowing, let me reassure you that you didn't miss out on the celebrations. In my defence, Christmas and then flu got in the way, so I missed the blog post announcing my … Continue reading Outdoor-Girl has won a Liebster Award
Scrolling through Twitter the other night, I found a link to an article on the BBC website titled "What is stopping women from cycling?" I'll be brutally honest here. Though I am clearly a woman and I do cycle (lots), I often ignore articles like this when they appear in my feed because I get … Continue reading What is stopping journalists from empowering women to cycle?
Fort William hosted the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup this weekend....and what a weekend. I've been watching the different stages of the Mountain Biking Downhill World Cup via the internet on Red Bull TV for a few years now and the atmosphere/energy of the crowds always made me want to be part of it … Continue reading Fort Bill 2017 “Home of the Brave”
This weekend saw the 3rd year of the fearsome sounding Hamsterley Beast mountain biking event. When Mr Outdoor-Girl first pressed send on his entry form months ago, I added the date in my diary to go along as his most enthusiastic supporter. The immediate question springing to your minds might be why on earth I was planning … Continue reading Hamsterley Beast, enjoying the challenge without crossing the start line
Checking the map, walking to the Lake District summit of "Skiddaw" (931m) via the bridleway from Keswick looked like a fairly straightforward undertaking. My husband was booked on a mountain bike guiding course in the area and we'd decided to make the most of a couple of days away. Having lost my normal partner in crime, … Continue reading Skiddaw summit walk, The Lake District