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Meet Bel Dixon - Sea swimmer, river paddler, happy hiker, Dartmoor bivvyier, really-rather-rubbish climber.

What drives you to spend time outside?

It makes us happier, healthier and more connected with our world, ourselves and with loved ones.

Where are your favourite places to go?

South Devon’s beaches, Dartmoor’s tors and Exmoor’s sea cliffs. I’m fairly fond of Cornwall too.

What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?

Sea swimming, paddling canoes, walking the South West Coast plus climbing.

Who inspires you and how?

So many people! Including those who are prepared to give outdoors adventures a go, especially if it’s a new challenge, or is something they’re anxious about in some way.

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What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?

I love creating the GetOutside Podcast series, which aims to help inspire people to be active outdoors. I’ve also helped research and write Ordnance Survey’s Walk London and Walk Edinburgh urban maps, which aim to encourage even more people to explore our cities on foot.

What are your 3 biggest life achievements?

1. Sea swimming (without a wetsuit) throughout the winter. 2. Heading out for a run on a cold, wet, dark winter night. 3. Helping a mixed ability group sail a tall ship to Iceland & go hiking, for the charity British Exploring.

3 words you live by…

Yes, you can!

Do you have any guilty pleasures?


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