Days: 1 - 2 Miles cycled: 5 miles Total miles: 5 miles Our preparation for a 10 day cycling adventure in the Outer Hebrides recently was pretty minimal to say the least. Ever a girl, I'd been keen to know how I could avoid packing everything but the kitchen sink and still feel clean, so had … Continue reading Bikepacking in the Outer Hebrides – Barra and Vatersay
I've always had a little wanderlust in my soul, although it can sometimes take me a few years to act upon it. Travelling the world was a big dream in my final year at Uni. Back in those days, taking a gap year had not really caught on and I was keen to start earning. … Continue reading Bikepacking the Hebridean Way – getting started
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?