The outdoorsy girl’s guide to Bristol

I was so proud to see that my beloved Bristol was named one of the top cities to visit in 2017 by Rough Guides. They reckoned that “Bristol stands as a shining example of one of the UK’s most forward-thinking, innovative and dynamic small cities – and, dare we say it, its coolest city.” But what they neglected to mention is that Bristol is also a fantastic destination for outdoor adventure. There’s such a strong community of nature lovers here – Bristol is a city of climbers, hikers and green-fingered environmentalists.

The outdoorsy girl's guide to Bristol Outdoors guide to Bristol

One of the wonders of the city is how easy you can get out of it and into wild places – Somerset, Wales and along the South West’s incredible coastline. But don’t go yet – there’s plenty of green spaces and adrenaline-packed activities to discover in the heart of the city. I’ve collected some amazing and adventure-filled things to do along with some fantastic tips from fellow Bristol-based bloggers for my outdoors guide to Bristol – you’ll also find my favourite places to refuel with good grub after a busy day of exploring.

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Every woman has her Everest – in praise of small adventures

Every woman has her Everest – in praise of small adventures

In praise of small adventures I loved by the Women’s Adventure Expo this weekend. This life-affirming event is packed with amazing female explorers and intrepid travellers who are out conquering new summits, setting records, achieving world firsts. These women …
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Adventure kit items that could save your life, picked for Red Bull

Adventure kit items that could save your life, picked for Red Bull

The great outdoors is an extremely beautiful place – but it can also be pretty inhospitable. Any adventurer worth their Himalayan rock salt should prepare for the worst by carrying the gear that could save lives in a pinch. From…
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The ten best backpacking tents, chosen for The Independent

The ten best backpacking tents, chosen for The Independent

A backpacking-worthy tent is pretty simple to define – you should be able to carry it with you in your rucksack on a hike without a struggle. I’ve chosen the ten best backpacking tents on the market for The Independent&…
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Build an adventure-friendly first aid kit

Build an adventure-friendly first aid kit

First aid is an invaluable skill to have anywhere, but it’s especially important in the back of beyond, for treating yourself or others. Keep a kit in your car and pack a soft mini kit bag for overnight treks …
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Recipe: easy peasy pumpkin pie

Recipe: easy peasy pumpkin pie

Got a glut of fat orange pumpkins on your allotment? Or just want to do something a little different for Halloween? I learnt to make this delicious pumpkin pie over in Canada. Amazing served hot with vanilla ice-cream. Easy pumpkin&…
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Scottish island hopping aboard the Bessie Ellen

Scottish island hopping aboard the Bessie Ellen

This spring I sailed away aboard the Bessie Ellen, one of the last of Britain’s traditional trading ketches still to sail our seas, to write a story for Coast magazine. The Bessie Ellen spends her summers wandering where the …
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Sponsored post: Paddleboarding in Canada with Clif Bar

Sponsored post: Paddleboarding in Canada with Clif Bar

Ready to feed your adventure? I’ve been fuelling my travels by paddleboard in Canada with Clif Bar’s fantastic oat bars and delicious energy gels.
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Join me at the Women’s Adventure Expo 2017

Join me at the Women’s Adventure Expo 2017

I’m so proud to announce that I’ll be speaking at this year’s fantastic Women’s Adventure Expo, taking place in Bristol on the 7th October 2017, alongside an amazing lineup of adventurous women. Join me at the Women’…
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My favourite wild swimming spots in Britain

My favourite wild swimming spots in Britain

Feeling a deep desire to go splashing about in rivers or diving into lagoons? The UK is peppered with stunning locations in which to dip your toes, from epic waterfalls in Wales to a pirate’s cove in Cornwall. These …
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Places to stay: Novanta90 off-grid hotel, Tuscany

Places to stay: Novanta90 off-grid hotel, Tuscany

Get back to nature at Novanta90, a hotel high in the Tuscan hills that opens its doors for truffle hunting, wild swimming, hiking and seriously good food for a brief spell each summer.
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My pick of the best surf camps for beginners for The Independent

My pick of the best surf camps for beginners for The Independent

They say salt water can cure anything, and a week of catching waves, napping in hammocks and toasting the sunset at a remote surf camp is definitely a salve for the stresses of daily life. Never caught a wave before?&…
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Sponsored post: let the Shock Absorber Ultimate Fly Bra #ShockYourSystem

Sponsored post: let the Shock Absorber Ultimate Fly Bra #ShockYourSystem

I’ve been running up a storm in Shock Absorber’s seriously supportive new Ultimate Fly bra, £45 from Next. This brilliant bra is ready to take you further and #ShockYourSystem.
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Places to stay: The Nare Hotel, Cornwall

Places to stay: The Nare Hotel, Cornwall

The Nare Hotel review: Expect a charmingly old-fashioned welcome at The Nare, a hotel serving up its own style of laid-back luxury on the Cornish coast. The Nare Hotel review The world might be hustling and bustling along outside but&…
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Sponsored post: Six incredible places to sleep around the world

Sponsored post: Six incredible places to sleep around the world

Where you do you want to sleep tonight? How about a floating den, your very own lighthouse or a treehouse surrounded by friendly monkeys? They’re all on my list of amazingly quirky places to stay around the world, chosen …
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My Seasalt travel guide to creative Cornwall

My Seasalt travel guide to creative Cornwall

The wild land at the end of Britain is one of my favourite places in the world. Cornwall’s dazzling coastline and green valleys are ripe for exploring, but I’m also captivated by its fishing villages, artist communities and …
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