Name | Lauren
Blog Name | The Helpful Hiker
Where in the world are you answering these questions?
In my front room, drinking tea and grateful to Mr Tumble for giving me five minutes peace to get this done!
Describe your blog in one sentence.
The Helpful Hiker is all about inspiring people to get out and have some fun by showing everyone how easy it is.
What sparked your love for the outdoors?
I was really into horses growing up so spent a lot of time outdoors, as I’ve got older I’ve realised how lucky I was and how much I’ve missed it. I loved seeing the changing seasons and appreciating the world around me. I really want my son to grow up with a love of the outdoors, it’s so important to us as a family.
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
I’ve always loved a good walk and that hasn’t changed. You see so many tiny details when you travel slowly and nothing beats climbing a hill and seeing the view open out in front of you. I also love the feeling of accomplishment when you get back, tired and aching, and fully deserving of a decent pint.
If you could see the sunset from one place in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go back to Scotland, I went there once a couple of years ago and the scenery was just stunning. We camped by a loch and, if there were no midges, I would happily sit there for hours admiring the view.
What is your favourite meal to eat after a day spent outside?
I do love my food, so something substantial like a good pie with mash, peas and gravy.
Tell us about a recent outdoors adventure you enjoyed.
Last week me and my husband Luke enjoyed a walk around the area where I grew up. We had a few child free hours so headed out to make the most of it. It was a beautiful day and felt great to be back in familiar territory. Time is a precious commodity these days, so to be able to take our time and enjoy the walk was heavenly.
What has been your biggest outdoors adventure to date?
To be honest I haven’t done that many big adventures. I’m more about getting out and doing what you can, however small that might be. Having said that, we did do Ben Nevis a while back (I do go on about it a bit, but it was spectacular) and that was pretty big to me!
Tell us something about you that’s not related to the outdoors… if you can!
By day I manage a wine shop. I’m actually ridiculously qualified in wine & spirits (not just drinking them), which is quite cool – so now you know where to come for a recommendation!
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