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
Winter here in Yorkshire has been never ending this year (as I write this post, I reckon it's actually the 100th day of January) so when we had a brief window of less than grim weather, I was ready for some fresh air and adventure. My husband Ride Holme and I decided to start upgrading some … Continue reading Bikepacking (mis) adventures
I parked the car and felt a surge of adrenaline fill my body. I picked up my phone to text my husband, unsure whether it was to reassure him that I'd arrived or to to get some extra confidence that I was doing the right thing. No Signal. Was I crazy? Should I bail? Was … Continue reading Cold water swimming
"C'mon, let's go out for breakfast in the morning" he said. I don't know about you but those words conjured up visions of a full veggie breakfast (sorry to all you full English breakfast aficionados), or a stack of pancakes, egg on toast, lashings of tea in a warm cosy cafe. You know what I … Continue reading The best place for breakfast?
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
Around 25 years ago, I decided to walk the first week of the Pennine Way with friends. I grew up in Malham and family still lived there at the time. The plan was to backpack from Edale to Malham where we were guaranteed a good meal, hot shower and some home comforts as our reward. … Continue reading Walk Digley Reservoir to Black Hill Summit
When I saw a social media promotion this week for the Sheffield Outdoor City Weekender which includes SHAFF (the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival), it got me thinking about some of the brilliant weekends I've had at various film festivals over the years. My first ever mountain film festival was at Kendal, many years ago. It had … Continue reading Adventure Film Festivals – UK 2018 Calendar
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?
My previous 3 posts have focused on Christmas gift ideas specifically for the Climber, Mountain Biker or Walker in your life. But what about those days when they have a little downtime from their favourite sport, or if you're looking for something more general? Fear not! Here are some suggestions falling under my category of … Continue reading 5 gifts for the outdoor enthusiast this Christmas
Following my posts yesterday giving gift ideas for climbers and mountain bikers, you might have guessed that the next in the series was going to be some gift ideas for walkers.... As with the previous ideas, I've looked at featuring smaller, more ethical producers - something a little different from the norm. 1. SueMe … Continue reading 5 gifts for walkers this Christmas