Sat between Ambleside and Grasmere, Rydal is home to the extensively photographed Rydal Cave, a manmade former quarry. #GetOutside Champion Rory Southworth takes us on a leisurely 6.2km route.
Meet Dave Wilson - Northumberland Trail & Tour Guide.
What drives you to spend time outside?
I love to get outside because of the freedom and escapism it provides. From the mental wellbeing of walking in wilderness, to the physical satisfaction that comes from a day well spent outdoors.
Where are your favourite places to go?
The forests and waters of Kielder, and the hidden linns and valleys of the Cheviot Hills. If not Northumberland, it has to be the dramatic landscape of the Scotland’s west coast.
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
I love walking and talking about my local area. From sharing on social my solo walks in places like Northumberland National Park, to walking with others to show them the hidden history or natural treasures to be found.
Who inspires you and how?
I’m inspired by people who change their lives taking on big personal challenges (especially UK based), for example, fellow champ Sean Conway, endurance heavyweight Ross Edgely and barefoot legend Anna McNuff.What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?
This year I hope to write another walking book, and continue getting more people outside on my tours and hikes across the region.
What are your 3 biggest life achievements?
In 2019 I wrote my first book, in 2012 I walked Hadrian’s Wall non-stop, and for the last 19 years I’ve survived raising two canny kids!
3 words you live by…
Be Happy and GetOutside (obviously).
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I love ice cream, especially in a red hot bath after a long days walking!More from Dave Wilson