Traveling: 10 inspiring adventurers | UK bank holidays

Rhiane Fatinikun, founder of Black Girls Hike UK

Rhiane started the nonprofit Black Girls Hike in Bolton in 2019 to create a safe space for black women to explore the outdoors and connect with nature. It is now a national organization that runs hikes, training events and activity weekends, and it won a Gender Positive Role Model award at the National Diversity Awards in 2021.

“My most memorable moment so far was our first London event at Epping Forest. We had over 100 women in attendance, when I used to only have 10-15. I really couldn’t I couldn’t believe it. It was so powerful and affirming. Last year we had a column in Stylist magazine, worked with Bear Grylls and did a TEDx talk,” says Rhiane, “and this year we’re launching trips international.
@bgh_uk, @rhianesworld

Allie Bailey, ultrarunner, endurance coach and blogger

“Ultrarunning is for everyone” … Allie Bailey

Allie is an ultrarunner who has crossed Namibia three times, run coast to coast in Panama, Malta, Scotland and Santorini, and hiked the full length of the Outer Hebrides range. She was a route tester for Rat Race’s long-distance running trips, but decided to go it alone as a coach after what she describes as “a seismic mental breakdown in 2021”.

Acknowledging her “extremely dysfunctional and addictive relationship with alcohol” as an extremely fit and functional alcoholic is something she writes beautifully with humorous raw honesty. “My mission in life,” says Allie, “is to try to help people, especially women, understand that ultrarunning is for everyone and can be a gateway to a more fulfilled – it’s not about being the best, it’s about being your better.”

“No matter how dark things may seem, there’s light at the end – and you get there faster if you put on your sneakers.”
alliebailey.co.uk, @ab_runs

Rebecca Lowe, human rights journalist and adventure cyclist

Rebecca Lowe standing by her bike, Middle East
Rebecca Lowe on her way to Tehran

In July 2015, Rebecca embarked on an 11,000 km (6,835 mile) solo bike ride from London to Tehran, across Europe and, among others, Turkey, Lebanon and Iran, an eye-opening journey documented in his new book. . “I went to find the Middle East that lay beyond the bombs and burqas of the headlines,” she says, “to explore the historical, political and cultural ties between the region and the West.

“I’ve learned that the Middle East is mostly a warm, friendly place, with a generous spirit and pockets of fierce beauty. And the area outside your comfort zone is never as scary or dicey as it is. she doesn’t seem there.
Rebecclike book on cycling through the Middle East, The slow road to Tehranis outside this month, @reo_lowe

Sally McGee, surf instructor and founder of the brand

Riding the wave… Sally McGee
Riding the wave… Sally McGee

Sally is highly respected in the surfing world for her inclusive approach. Based in Tynemouth, North East England, she runs Yonder, a surf school, coaching company and surf brand that helps empower a community of female surfers in an area where the scene has lagged to develop. Experience working with the Red Cross and asylum seekers may have informed his nurturing sensibility. Challenging the stereotypical portrayal of female surfers to “change the narrative of female surfing in the UK” is another aim.
Listen to his interview on the excellent action sports podcast Looking Sideways; @sallymcgeesurf, surfyonder.com

Ali Phillips, an outdoor enthusiast who blogs about the Lake District and organizes wild swimming trips

Ali Phillips jumping into a lake
“I really like where I live” … Ali Phillips

Ali’s blogs and Instagram posts about his outdoor life in the lakes are pure joy – all silly jumps in frozen lakes with his bobble hat, big smiles on mountain tops and pints in pubs cozy Cumbria. There are also helpful local tips and hats off to her for getting her groups of wild swimmers to pick up litter after their swims.

Ali prides herself on being honest and real, and her unpolished images of a normal woman having fun in the countryside are a refreshing change from the airbrushed bikini-clad perfection often found in the travel sphere. line.

“I’ve had women contact me to say they’ve never dared to be seen in public in a swimsuit before, but I encouraged them. I try not to polish too much; I’m a size 14 and regular. I really love where I live and I share that, with some sunshine and positivity.
girlabout.co.uk, @alwaysswimmingwild

Omie Dale, Swimming Instructor, Outdoor Swimming Coach and Director of Swimunity

Omie Dale swimming in a river in an urban area
Cool Water Fan…Omie Dale

“What really drives the work I do is spreading the joy of swimming and the joy of being outside with others,” says Omie, who was named 2021 Swimming Teacher of the Year. by Swim England.

Omie is host of Mental Health Swims in London, a free monthly swim meet focusing on cold water immersion, and director of Swimunity, a community interest group that teaches children and women to swim for free in London . Her job is to get London’s women and children out and into nature, and to increase diversity in the water, enabling people to swim who might not otherwise have been able to. .

“It’s about more than swimming in a pool for hours. Getting outside and combining swimming with hiking, beautiful scenery, and water activities like paddle boarding helps get that message across.
@swimunity, @omiedale

Rosie Swale Pope, adventurer, runner and author who, at 75, runs from the UK to Kathmandu

Rosie Swale Pope crossing the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul in 2019, towing her belongings behind her.
Rosie Swale Pope crossing the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul in 2019. Photography: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Rosie has many impressive journeys under her belt, from sailing solo across the Atlantic to running 20,000 miles around the world, unassisted and carrying her belongings in a trolley she towed behind her, after her husband’s death in 2002. She detailed this in her 2009 book Just a Little Race Around the World.

His current mission, running from the UK to Kathmandu to raise money for Phase Worldwide’s community-based charity work in Nepal, has been somewhat hampered not by his age, but by recent events. Leaving in 2018, she reached northern Turkey before the pandemic forced her to return home. Not one to be thwarted, she set off again via a 1,000-mile training run from the UK to Norway, planning to reach Kathmandu via Finland, Russia and China. Illness and the current situation with Russia have just brought her home. But she won’t stay here long, and her next attempt will be posted live on her website.
rosieswalepope.co.uk

Sophie Nicholson, skier and ski writer

Sophie Nicholson
Sophie Nicholson Photography: Rachel Keenan/©Rachel Keenan

Yes, there are countless female professional skiers posting their incredible tricks and extreme lines on the gnarliest mountains in the world. But what we love about skier, runner and sports therapist Sophie Nicholson is her dynamic attitude and humorous social media posts about her solo adventures in Scotland’s Cairngorms outback, where she lives.

Running along isolated ridges and hiking in the Highlands, as well as carrying your skis on your bike to reach untouched Scottish powder, are very present, as well as painful injuries.

“When I was younger, I really wanted to be a boy because I loved doing things like skateboarding, playing football and building forts. Back then, the gender lines were very traditional and defined.

“Growing up, I kept making slightly offbeat choices, but these days, I’m so happy to be a woman! The women I’m lucky enough to call my friends make my heart swell with pride. – whether they have families or are leading the way, all of these women inspire me so much – they are capable, resilient, adventurous, kind, courageous and faithful.”
@snicholson76

Tracy Edwards, sailor and founder of The Maiden Factor charity foundation, which works to empower girls through education

Tracy Edwards and her teammate Mikaela Von Koskull during the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.
Tracy Edwards and her teammate Mikaela Von Koskull during the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Photography: Entertainment Pictures/Alamy

Although her most famous achievement dates back some time – when Tracy Edwards, 27, was the skipper of the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989 – it has come to the attention of a new generation thanks to the incredibly moving film about the exploit, Maiden, added to Netflix’s library in January. Tracy’s determination and skill in the face of sexism in the male-dominated world of yacht racing, and the power of the crew’s female friendships, will have you sobbing in the end, even if you’re an earthling with the seasickness on river boats.

Anna Fleming, climber, mountaineer, blogger and author

Anna Fleming climbs the Shawbost Pillar on the Isle of Lewis.
Anna Fleming climbs the Shawbost Pillar on the Isle of Lewis. Photography: Robert Durran

Anna is a young but serious mountaineer, whose climbing adventures in the Scottish mountains – from the Cuillins of Skye and the Cairngorms to the wild cliffs of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides are inspiring. His progress over a decade of learning to climb on different rocks across the UK is poetically described in his just-released debut book.

Anna says she was hugely inspired by Gwen Moffat, the UK’s first-ever female mountain guide, and her book Space Below My Feet. “It gave me a real buzz to go out! Now 97 and still going strong, Gwen Moffat is an inspiring example. Anna might just do the same for you.
Anna’s book, Time on Rock: A Climber’s Route into the Mountains, is now available; thegranitesea.wordpress.com

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