ADVENTURES & HISTORY

My main loves are the sea and the mountains. I sail, ski, climb, cycle, run, walk, paddle and row whenever I get the chance!

I'm also an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion, Water2Go Ambassador and Lowe Alpine Ambassador, so I love sharing my favourite beautiful British hills, mountains and coastline with everyone I meet.

If I'm not writing about the outdoors I'm writing about history, mostly naval. I am currently researching British & French Naval Gunners and regularly give lectures on aspects of naval history.

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RECENT POSTS

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.

Mahan, Ship Models & Impressment in Annapolis

In October 2019 I was flown out by the US Naval Academy to deliver a lecture as part of their War of 1812: A Schoolhouse at Sea programme.

Annapolis is a beautiful town, should you ever have the opportunity to visit. It sits on the mouth of the Severn, on Chesapeake Bay, and is filled with history!

Winter Wanders with Jack Wolfskin

It’s been an incredibly stressful few weeks. Work, university deadlines and plenty of personal life drama. I find the best way to de-stress is always to get outside, go for a walk and clear my head, which is just what I did this weekend.

Winter has well and truly arrived and despite the glorious sunshine, there was an incredibly bracing wind on the south coast today so I dressed in my cosy gear. Today, that included the Jack Wolfskin Gravity Winter Tights and JWP Vest.

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AWARDS

Winner - Sparpedia Hiking Blogs Award 2019

Winner - GO Outdoors Awards 2018 - Outdoor Blog of the Year

Winner - The Activity People Blogger Awards 2017 - Best Adventure/Outdoor Blog

The Activity People Blogger Awards 2017 - Top 10 Lifestyle Blog

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