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 Kate Jamieson - Cyclist, hiker, climber, lover of historical routes (and tea).
What drives you to spend time outside?
I love getting outside because it gives me a way to de-stress after a busy day. At the weekend I can get out and just take stock of everything going on and, most importantly, have fun! My biggest focus is trying to share the history of a location where possible, as I am also a historian!
Where are your favourite places to go?
I live very close to the New Forest and so spend a lot of time cycling there. I also like to get out and wild camp and walk along the SW Coast Path and Isle of Wight whenever I can!
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
I love being in the mountains the most, but that takes more planning and a long drive. I started cycling a few years ago, though, and would say this is my new favourite outdoor activity - apart from a bit of night nav in the New Forest!
Who inspires you and how?
So many people. Some of my fellow Get Outside champions have inspired me more than I they will know, but if I had to pick someone else it would be any of the women breaking boundaries in mountaineering!What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?
Trying to get more people outside map reading, or using features around them to discover the history surrounding them!
What are your 3 biggest life achievements?
I would say probably summitting Kilimanjaro with a broken kneecap (best not to ask!), lecturing on naval history at the US Naval Academy in 2019 or, at the moment, I think just managing to Get Outside is an achievement around a full time job and Masters degree!
3 words you live by
Adventure. Optimism. Resilience.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Mini Eggs. Zero shame. As soon as they begin appearing in shops after Christmas I become a Mini Egg monster!MORE FROM Kate Jamieson