Bike exploring: Help for Heroes
OS GetOutside Champion, Helen Pollard, takes us on a great Mountain Bike (MTB) route used as part of the delivery of MTB leadership training to Phoenix House staff in collaboration with Cycling UK.
Meet Charlotte Ditchburn - Public Rights of Way explorer, dog walker, horse rider, cartophile!
What drives you to spend time outside?
Having worked as a Public Rights of Way Officer for just over two years and now starting a new job with the British Horse Society as an Access Field Officer my work drives me to spend time outside. My two dogs get me outside every day alongside my passion for the outdoors which started as a child growing up in the Lake District.
Where are your favourite places to go?
The Lake District (spending 21 years growing up here finding hidden gems within the Borrowdale Valley or climbing mountains I’m forever longing to get back to the Lakes) and the West Coast of Scotland and the Scottish Highlands (the beaches can’t be beaten!)
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
I love exploring the countryside on horseback, volunteering as an RDA coach I love taking clients out in the countryside with their four-legged steeds.
Who inspires you and how?
Charlie Mackesy inspires me with his artwork through the adventures of ‘the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse’ encouraging everyone to be kind.
What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?
Using my Instagram and blog to inspire others to get outside by educating people about public rights of way and how they can be enjoyed/explored and encouraging others to come out with me. Volunteering as a Cub Scout Leader to get more children outside.
What are your 3 biggest life achievements?
One of the top 4 nominations as Horse and Hound Volunteer of the Year Award, Gold DofE, BSc Countryside Management Degree (Newcastle University)
3 words you live by…
Live life daily
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Coats are my guilty pleasure, no one can have enough coats! From waterproof and lightweight to fashionable and feathery, I love having one for every type of adventure.Click to see all 100 GetOutside Champions