There are lots of things I love about winter: clear sunny days; beautiful light; a cosy pub with an open fire; starry nights; and who can forget our gin palace igloo built in early 2018 when the 'Beast from the East' made itself known. Despite these admittedly fab things to enjoy about winter, I have to … Continue reading 28 mini adventures you can do in winter
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
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
"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?
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?
It's always really exciting to read books and see talks from people who have been on amazing adventures around the world. Often our reaction is a wistful longing, wishing that we could do something similar ourselves - if only we had enough money, less commitments and some way to pay the mortgage while we take … Continue reading 5 wild adventures close to home
Earlier this year, I was checking out the GirlBikeVan Facebook page when I noticed an interesting post from a lady called Jane Sewell. It caught my eye because Jane was describing herself as old and overweight, yet she was in the middle of a long distance multi-day bike trip through Spain. The reason behind her … Continue reading Meet… long distance cyclist, Jane Sewell
I first met Anne a few years ago on our regular Friday night sessions at the climbing wall. She was this ball of energy with bright red hair, always seemed to be having masses of fun and I loved bumping into her for a chat. As the years progressed, we kept in touch via Facebook. When … Continue reading Meet… runner, Anne Akers