Wild open spaces and adventures off the beaten track are closer than you think – get inspired to go exploring in Britain this winter with my ideas for cold weather fun over at The Independent‘s travel section, from ice climbing…

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Mistletoe, wine, last-minute gift panic… It’s that time of year again. And I’m writing this on a train trundling through the snow-clad Swiss mountains, so I am most definitely feeling the festive love. Be everyone’s favourite person by giving them…

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Off on a ski season this winter? You don’t need warm pants, extra scarves or photos of your dog. Trust me, I’ve seen enough emergency care packages get delivered to Cadbury’s-starved seasonnaires to know that if you’re off to work…

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The first post from my adventures in Kenya this summer – photos from a game drive through the wonderful Oj Pejeta wildlife conservancy. This amazing wild place is home to some of the mightiest and yet most vulnerable species on…

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Cycling kit so lovely you’ll be desperate to head out on your bike on sub-zero mornings just so you can show it off. My picks include bargainous jerseys, lustworthy coordinated kit and a jacket that could well save your life.…

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Fancy becoming the next adidas Outdoor athlete. It’s a more tangible dream than you think. adidas Outdoor are on the hunt for people with dreams of big adventure to submit project ideas that would enable them to #claimfreedom. The winners…

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Get seriously inspired by Angelica Sykes, a British pro snowboarder who is tearing up the mountains are a freerider. I first met the lovely Angelica when we were both seasonnaires in Cervinia, in Italy. She was already getting into boarding…

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My penchant for men’s jackets continues with this pumpkin-orange Arete waterproof jacket, £90 from Sprayway at Blacks. It’s been all the way up Mount Kenya and back with me and we’ve both lived to tell the tale.

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Dublin is well known as a city of friendly folk and really great beer. But it’s also a remarkably outdoorsy place to visit, a cosmopolitan hub nestled within arm’s reach of hills and sea. From foraging in the city centre…

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I’m a huge fan of the #ThisGirlCan campaign, inspiring us all to get fit and explore outdoors. Now Snowsport England are encouraging sport lovers to GO SKI GO BOARD and try their hand at snowsports in the UK. I sent…

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Ahh, the simple pleasure of kicking through autumn leaves in welly boots! Celebrate the season by entering Joules’ lovely new competition and design your very own Joules wellies – the winner’s creation will become a beautiful boot, with all proceeds…

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My wonderful and bike-mad mate Mary Spender took a five day cycle trip through Catalonia. Here’s her diary from her time exploring this beautiful part of Northern Spain on two wheels, including pristine beaches, tasty treats and, um, kissing lion…

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Fancy raising your adrenaline levels over your lunchbreak? Watch Finnish adrenaline junkies StuntFreaksTeam perform incredible feats and then edit them into a stunning action video using Dell Technology.

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In my third travel column for The Independent I’ve rounded up some of the world’s most beautiful and unusual swimming spots, from Thai waterfalls (modelled here by the lovely Flo) to Melanesian forest pools and Mexican bat caves. Read the…

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Ahh autumn, the time of mists, mellow fruitfulness and really great jumpers. I am unashamedly in love with all of the season’s sparkler-waving, pumpkin-carving, fire-warming cliches – after all, is there anything more British than a chilly woodland walk followed…

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I’ve found the dream way to get about in busy London – paddling along the Thames. Last week I spent a fantastic day with my mates at Tenderstem® and a gang of active girls trying out standup paddleboarding on the…

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I’ve teamed up with wonder vegetable Tenderstem® and the lovely Josh of the Guyrope Gourmet to create a set of easy recipes that celebrate al fresco eating in the beautiful British countryside. If you’re after no-fuss, fresh and healthy food…

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My Teva Terra walking sandals, £29.99 from SportsShoes, have been out on many an adventure with me this summer, and I am a big big fan. Dad sandals are officially cool now, you know.

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For my second adventure column for the The Independent I’ve hunted out incredible trips combining active travel with wildlife encounters, from swimming with whale sharks in Mozambique to hiking up to see gorillas in Uganda’s Impenetrable Forest. Read my full…

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What are you up to this weekend? If you find yourself in London town then you should head straight for the Adventure Travel Film Festival. Some seriously inspiring ladies are in the lineup, speaking and showing groundbreaking films about their…

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Moped adventures along the coast, diving with rainbow-coloured fish off Koh Tao, exploring bustling Bangkok… Thailand is definitely one of my all-time favourite countries to travel to. Fancy your own Asian adventure? Flight Centre and Tourism Thailand are giving away…

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In May I took to the turquoise waves of the Caribbean with the lovely lot from Girls For Sail for a week of dolphin spotting, plentiful rum and pirate lore. Here’s the story of our voyage around the magical British…

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I’m a sucker for a nice pair of wellies, and these marvellous Muck Boots were a lifesaver at the lovely but VERY muddy Somersault Festival last weekend.

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For the second of my adventures with Jeep to celebrate their Renegades Wanted campaign I to learnt to shoot arrows from a cantering horse. When the zombie apocalypse comes you’re going to want me on your team.

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