Bike exploring: Electric Mountain Bike Adventure
As part of #BigBikeRevival and #BikeWeek2018, Helen Pollard takes us on an electric mountain bike route from Castle Bolton to Askrigg.
Meet Sal Thornton - Lover of Mountains and a dog called Bea.
What drives you to spend time outside?
Absolutely everything about the outdoors invigorates me, the fitness keeps me healthy and the views keep me peaceful.
Where are your favourite places to go?
Growing up on the North West Coast of Scotland I always feel a special bond to the ranges of Torridon and Fisherfield. I also love the Lakes, Mountains and Rivers of North Wales and the Lake District too.
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
Just being in the Mountains makes me happy whether I am walking, running (especially with a good scramble) or SUPing along a river.
Who inspires you and how?
Phoebe Smith – for bringing the outdoors to many people of different abilities and for the awareness she brings of so many that she supports charitably. Her personal achievements are amazing
What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?
I would like to look at making the outdoors seem less intimidating to women – many I speak with don’t have the experience and want desperately to start but are scared to on
What are your 3 biggest life achievements?
Representing the RAF and UKAF at Rugby Union and captaining the RAF women’s team. Organising successful camps and events for women through Adventure Queens and seeing those women go off to have their own adventures. Completing the Great Wilderness Challenge (Mountain Marathon) and signing up to my first Ultra.
3 words you live by…
Every day counts
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I never feel guilty about anything I do, but I like many things which could be considered naughty!Click to see all 100 GetOutside Champions