I lived for many years in the colourful, cultural city of Brighton, on the South coast of England. I worked with adults and children with Learning disabilities and as a Primary School Teacher in both Mainstream and Special Education. Led by an uncontainable urge to seek more adventure I decided to get on my bike and cycled around parts of France, Italy and Spain for a year wild camping as I went along. Feeling an inner calling to Scotland as I pedalled along, and an unquenchable love of nature, I moved up to the Cairngorms and retrained as an Outdoor Instructor. I now work at an Outdoor Residential Centre near Aviemore providing experiences in climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, gorge walking and hill walking. I also lead overseas expeditions and most recently went to Costa Rica and Borneo. I am always happy to return to the Cairngorm mountains which have now become my home.
I continue to find new places to explore around the Cairngorms and am equally happy returning to my old favourites as the season’s pass to bivvi under a granny Pine or nestle myself in the aged branches of a gnarled Silver Birch. I am also particularly drawn to the lunar-like landscape of Assynt in the North West of Scotland exploring the mountains and waters and the inevitable boglands.
I have a love of collective nouns with some of my favourites being a Walk of Snails, an Incredulity of Cuckolds, a Crash of Rhino and a Bloat of Hippoptamuses.
Leaving my flat in Brighton with all my belongings packed on my bike and with the help of a few ferries, cycling through France, Corsica, Sardinia, Mainland Italy, Sicily and Spain for a year, experiencing the kindness of strangers and lots of hills.
There are so many things that interest me, it would be hard to specialise in just one.
I am an unpublished author of an as yet unfinished children’s story entitled ‘The Land the Planes Forgot’ – the adventures of a 9 yr old girl called Elsie set in the lands of natural magic, wonderment and toffee cream tart.
Be the first to hear about new trips, locations and activities with our monthly newsletter
Specialists in offering a range of adventure holidays, tours and incredible wilderness experiences. Wilderness Ireland take their clients to the most remote and beautiful regions of Ireland, all while staying at the most welcoming accommodations and delivering outstanding customer service.Visit Website
The ultimate collection of European cycling holidays. BSpoke's cycling experts can tailor-make your perfect cycling holiday where you can travel at your own pace or in a group of like-minded individuals. A BSpoke Tour is all about being as restful or as adventurous as you desire.Visit Website
Britain's original ski travel agency and tailor-made ski tour operator, Ski Solutions has been arranging ski holidays for over 30 years across Europe and North America. The Ski Solutions team are all skiing experts, and their wealth of knowledge and passion for the mountains will ensure you experience a truly memorable ski holiday.Visit Website
Cycling for Softies is a luxury cycling tour operator providing gourmet cycling adventures in France and Italy. These are leisurely cycling tours winding through vineyards and staying in high end accommodation where the emphasis is as much on the food and wine as the cycling. Welcome to life in the easy lane.Visit Website