Hello, I'm Kate!

Outdoor Enthusiast & Historian

In my roles as an Ordnance Survey, Lowe Alpine & Water To Go Ambassador.
I love sharing my favourite hills, mountains and coastline with everyone.
I walk, cycle, run, paddle, climb, sail and ski and ride whenever I get the chance!

If I'm not writing about the outdoors I'm writing about ships, or men who sailed them!
I am currently researching C18th Naval Gunners and regularly give lectures on naval history.



Shipbuilding for Relaxation...

No, I’m not about to start telling you to grab Adses and Augers, don’t worry.

Back in May, I started to build little model ships. I know, I was surprised too…

A few people I know had long been into painting miniatures and models and, the more I spoke to them, the more curious I was about doing the same. Warlord Games had recently released their Black Seas range, focusing on the age of sail… perfect, right?

Ammonite adventures in Kimmeridge...

The prize for the most misleading headline (all I really found were sea shells this time) goes to…. Me, but stay with me.

Kimmeridge is one of those spots that often gets overlooked in favour of Lyme Regis or Charmouth, when people are off to look at Jurassic Coast geology, but it is one of my favourite little spots in Dorset, one that shouldn't be ignored and perfect for fossil hunting...

Harper’s Ferry: Where Nature & History Meet

Before flying home from the US in October, I managed to factor in two days of being a tourist and so a road trip was in order…

First on my list was the beautiful town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meet... and yes I sang country roads a lot and yes I sang Shenandoah. This town is a beautiful little piece of history hidden in the mountains, perfect for historian or nature enthusiast alike!

Fort McHenry, Privateers & Black Powder

In October 2019 I was flown out by the US Naval Academy to deliver a lecture on Impressment and The War of 1812 as part of their War of 1812: A Schoolhouse at Sea programme (more on that in this post – here)

As well as being flown out to deliver a lecture for the Midshipmen, I also took part in the more practical parts of the Schoolhouse at Sea and, on a fresh Saturday morning in October, I joined them in a tour of Fort McHenry in Baltimore before a sail to London Town.