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 Glyn Dodwell - Hill Walker, blogger, navigator, trainer, elder statesman and Veteran.
What drives you to spend time outside?
A lifelong passion nurtured over 55 years by Parents, Scouting, myself and my amazing friends and colleagues. Also, the desire to show the young guns that there is life in the old dog yet!
Where are your favourite places to go?
Anywhere I can walk. Over the years this has included the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East. These days it tends to be the South Downs plus the Lakes, Dales, Peaks and Wales.
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
These days, due to ageing joints, I restrict myself to walking and hill-walking. However, I have climbed, caved, canoed, cycled, abseiled, camped, ran and so much more. Now I tend to take all day to do what I used to do all day!
Who inspires you and how?
In the early days it was the likes of Bonington, Scott, Hasten and Whillans. Now I am inspired by anyone who gets outside but especially my Wife who, despite chronic illness and pain walked one mile last year.
What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?
Working with my local National Park to encourage the older generation to get outside more as well as continuing my map reading courses and guided walks. Plus, working with the outdoor industry to raise the profile of the older adventurer.
What are your 3 biggest life achievements?
Apart from being a parent and grandparent. Becoming a Queen Scout. Gaining the Queens Commission as an RAF Aviator. Becoming a GetOutside Champion and filling every second with something meaningful.3 words you live by
Integrity, Trust & Loyalty.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Fine wine and wearing loud bright colours.MORE FROM Glyn Dodwell