Always health-conscious and aspiring to being physically fit, outdoor activities have been the key to maintaining a healthy mind and body, and it is the combination of these things that have influenced my work.
I have extensive knowledge and experience on Dartmoor, and have trained in moorland navigation, exercise referral, nordic walking, pilates, wild camping, mountain biking, road cycling and outdoor education and am never happier than when encouraging others to gain the benefits of exploring Dartmoor. My travels have led to numerous adventures…wild camping and traversing glaciers in Iceland, sailing in Sweden, mountain trekking in Ireland and Norway, cycling 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. Long-distance treks have included Wainwright’s 192 mile coast to coast route across England, the West Highland Way, the Two Moors Way and the Great Glen Way.
My adventures were almost thwarted in 2007 when 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, Business and English Studies in Further and Higher Education prior to taking a career break to raise my three daughters.