Always health-conscious and aspiring to being physically fit, I have found outdoor sports the key to maintaining a healthy mind and body, and it is the combination of these things that have influenced my work.
The benefits of effective weight control, improved strength and tone, positive body image, and the uplifting effects of experiencing the beauty of a natural environment, have been become apparent as I have progressed in this field, and I am determined to motivate and inspire others to achieve these long-lasting benefits to health, fitness and overall well-being.
I have extensive knowledge and experience on Dartmoor, and have trained in moorland navigation, exercise referral, first aid, nordic walking, pilates, wild camping, mountain biking, road cycling and outdoor education and am never happier than when encouraging others to enjoy the benefits of exercising outside and exploring Dartmoor. My travels have led to many adventures, such as camping in Iceland, sailing around Sweden, hiking in Ireland, cycling and trekking in Morocco, Belgium and France, Ice cycling on Lake Superior in North America, cycling around the UK coastline, as well as exploring on foot around the Lake District, Scottish Highlands, Brecon Beacons and Isles of Scilly, and, of course, leading numerous expeditions on and around Dartmoor. My long-distance treks have included Wainwright’s 192 mile coast to coast route across England, from St.Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire, the West Highland Way to Fort William in September 2011, the Two Moors way in 2012, and the Great Glen way in 2013.
It has not all been plain sailing. My activities were almost thwarted when in 2007 I suffered a broken leg, which had to be plated and pinned and I was out of action for many months. “Like a fish out of water” I was determined to regain my strength and mobility and managed my own rehabilitation by researching health and fitness training. This led to my qualifying as a Nordic Walking Instructor, Cycle Leader, Aerobics Teacher, Gym instructor, Pilates Teacher and Level 3 Personal Trainer with GP referral specialisation.
I worked for many years as a Dartmoor National Park Guide, as well as having gained a BA in Public Relations, a post-graduate teaching certificate in Education, and previously lecturing in Marketing and Business Studies in Further and Higher Education prior to taking a career break to raise my three daughters.