Category Archives: culture

Outdoor musts in Leeds and Yorkshire

Despite my love affair with the outdoor beauties of the West Country, there’s so much exciting stuff kicking off up North this year that I am tempted to up sticks and move to the dales. In the meantime, outdoor girl Sarah Oxley has written us this fantastic guide to the best fresh air events in Leeds and Yorkshire.


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European Outdoor Film Tour

I don’t know when I was last this excited about going to the movies. Nine of the coolest European extreme sports films are on tour across the continent. Get tickets now.

William Hereford: new photography crush

One of the advantages of working for a photography magazine is that when I’m not out on Dartmoor actually taking pictures (of ponies), I get to spend rainy autumn afternoons inside searching for beautiful outdoor photographs instead. These beautiful shots by William Hereford include some of my favourite things ever – campfires, muddy boots, coast walks, cliff jumping.

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Lake Titicaca

Definitely one of the most magical places I have visited in the world is the Island of the Sun on Lake Titicaca. The Incas knew it as the birthplace of the sun, and it’s easy to see why – the sunset over the Chicana ruins, which look over to the border of Peru across the lake is the most breathtaking sight, a seamless transition from pink sky to merging layers of clouds, mountains and sea, dotted with black islands.

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The Best of La Paz

I’ve lived in La Paz for six weeks now and am finally getting used to the insane traffic, bustling fruit markets and lung-burning altitude. When you can finally breathe properly, you realise that the highest city in the world is a treasure trove of fascinating places to eat, drink and be merry. Here are my favourites.

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Top 5 luxury experiences in Europe

A truly memorable holiday has several important ingredients – superb luxury accommodation, opportunities for fine dining in sumptuous surroundings and unique and interesting attractions. Here The Girl Outdoors rounds up five gorgeous European destinations that offer a remarkable experience for those seeking a touch of grandeur and an opportunity for adventure, relaxation and revitalisation.

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Outdoors inspiration

I found this quote today. It makes me want to go live in a cave.

The greater the suffering, the greater the pleasure. That is nature’s payback to riders for the homage they pay her by suffering. Velvet pillows, safari parks, sunglasses; people have become woolly mice. They still have bodies that can walk for five days and four nights through a desert of snow, without food, but they accept praise for having taken a one-hour bicycle ride. ‘Good for you’. Instead of expressing their gratitude for the rain by getting wet, people walk around with umbrellas. Nature is an old lady with few friends these days, and those who wish to make use of her charms, she rewards passionately.

- The Rider, Tim Krabbé