Mind Over Mountains
How do we keep going when we can’t see the top of the mountain? GetOutside Champion, Alex Staniforth shares his top tips for how he manages his mental health during tough times.
Meet Debs Butler - Cyclist, teacher, walker, paddler, lover of maps, coffee and cake.
What drives you to spend time outside?
I love being active, and being active with a view is even better. I just feel better outdoors, and it’s great exploring new places.
Where are your favourite places to go?
For cycling, anywhere with quiet rural roads. There’s not much to beat the UK on a sunny day for pleasant scenery, pretty villages and picnic spots.
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
I love cycling, but not much beats the satisfaction of a good point to point walk. I’ve really enjoyed the longer walking trips I’ve done over the last few years. Settle to Carlisle via the hills was my favourite.
What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?
This year I’ll continue to promote outdoor learning in schools, lead Duke of Edinburgh and other visits, and also travel actively for work myself – I regularly cycle, scoot or run to work. I’ll also be a volunteer ride leader for British Cycling’s Breeze Programme.
What are your 3 biggest life achievements?
From 2015-17 I completed a 20,000 mile around the world bike ride, which was definitely a test of perseverance. Aside from that, I’m extremely proud to be a teacher. Can I stick to two?!
3 words you live by…
Never give up!
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Cake!More from Debs Butler