Hello everyone, if you don’t know me, my name is Zoe. I started my first blog ‘that girl outdoors’ about adventure travel at the beginning of 2019. So why start a new blog? You may be thinking.
Well, I was writing quite a lot about hikes and country walks in England, and it’s something I get asked aaaaaall the time. Where can I go hiking in England? Where can I go hiking near London? Is it even a thing?
So, I decided to start this blog dedicated to all things England hikes and walks. My plan is to get
Whether it’s a day trip from London (I
I will cover a range of difficulty levels, from easy to very very challenging. I let you know in each post what it
3) Trail name
I’m working on a few
I will be breaking them down so that if you want to tackle them without taking time off work, then I can help you there. Or if you are planning to walk one straight out, then each of my posts can (hopefully) guide you th
Along the way, I have learnt a few things when it comes to hiking. So I have included a section with guides on what gear to wear, hiking in different weather conditions, a few bits about camping, and other similar things.
Read More: Tips, Gear, and Resources
Every walk and hike I write about is something I have personally done, and the photos are ones I took on the walk. Every post has an interactive map
I will display the trail route on Google maps, with a link to the more detailed AllTrails map. This is the app I use when I track my walks.
You will need to download the app to follow it on there. It’s free to use, and I highly recommend it. I have tried a bunch of hiking apps, and this is my favourite.
Who am I?
I’m a 30 something physiotherapist from London. I’ve always been kind of adventurous, but it wasn’t until I hit 30 that I started walking and hiking my way around England.
I have always loved a good hike, and whenever on holiday it is something I would look to do. For some reason I never saw England in that way. Living in London, the rest of the country didn’t really exist to me (I did actually live in the countryside for a few years as a teenager, but I always forget that). In my spare time, why would I leave London, unless I was going abroad?
Yes, I was that person.
Traveling the world
Then, in 2014, I took a career break and went backpacking in SE Asia and the South Pacific for 6 months…..When I returned home, I got super depressed.
After nearly a year of feeling
I LOVED it.
It reminded me of what makes me happy. Being outdoors and
So when I got back home I took action. I started travelling again, but importantly, I started exploring hikes near London.
Hikes and country walks near London then turned into weekends all over the country. I was living and working in London, but escaping to the countryside on most weekends. And I loved it. I had the best of both worlds.
Then the C word happened. During this time I met a boy. He told me he was going to build a camper van and travel the world, I told him to wait for me…..
I started saving, then at the end of 2021 I quit my job. I loved my job, but the balance had shifted. I loved hiking and being in nature more. I took on a part time work from home role, which allowed me to move out of the city to Devon. Where I spent my free time hiking along the South West Coast Path.
Once the campervan was ready, we went for it. I do still work, just a little differently from before. I guess you could say my life is very flexible now. Work when I need some money, then go off travelling in the campervan with the boy, doing as much hiking as I want.
I don’t earn the money I used to earn, but my life is so much richer.
In 2018 I had bilateral hip surgery (long story, NOT CAUSED BY HIKING), and had to take a year out from hiking. But it all worked out in the end and I’m almost as good as new. If you want to know more about that story, I have written a few posts about it on my other blog – that girl outdoors.
One last thing
I am obsessed with nuts. I always have a stash with me in my bag. If I leave the house and realise I don’t have nuts on me, I panic a little and go and find some immediately.
Happy hiking 🙂