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 of wild camping as I went along. Feeling an inner calling to Scotland as I pedalled along, and 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 bivvy 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 Hippopotamuses.
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I am an unpublished author of an as yet unfinished children’s story entitled ‘The Land the Planes Forgot’ – the adventures of a 9 yr old girl called Elsie set in the lands of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.
|Trip / Departure||Availability||Status||Price||Book|
| Wilderness Walking – Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside|
9th Jul - 15th Jul 2022
|2 place(s) left||CONFIRMED||£1,635||Book Now|
| Wilderness Retreat|
6th Aug - 12th Aug 2022 Women only departure
|2 place(s) left||CONFIRMED||£2,035||Book Now|
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