Climbing Snowdon: weekend trip from London

As far as weekend trips from London go, the Snowdonia National Park is an absolute win. It has everything adventure and nature lovers could ask for: dramatic landscapes, hiking and mountain-biking trails, rock climbing, picture-perfect historic towns and even surfing! We decided to explore the national park and summit its famous Snowdon over a weekend. […]

Hiking Solo in Norway: Mary’s story

27-year-old Mary McPherson, who works for a small social enterprise tackling education disadvantage in London, is one of those people who uses every holiday to max out on travel and exploration.  A self-proclaimed travel addict, she balances a busy job with frequent trips to new corners of the world, particularly Europe where she can be […]

Hiking in the Drakensberg: Yeukai’s answer to balancing big-city life

Originally from Zimbabwe, Yeukai Martina Gukwa now lives in Johannesburg (South Africa) and works in the hospitality industry, which means long hours and lots of pressure. Her go-to way of recharging her batteries is to turn to hiking alongside her children and friends over the weekends. In this #adventureshare Yeukai talks about how hiking has […]

Mother & 9-year-old Daughter Walk 800km Camino Pilgrimage

When we started running our #adventureshare stories, Shirley Redman’s experience of walking 800km from the south of France across Spain on the Camino de Santiago with her 9-year-old daughter really stood out as something extraordinary.  51-year-old Shirley, who comes from Plettenberg Bay in South Africa, became a single mum of three after her husband passed […]

Trekking Leader Reveals Why Women are Better to Guide than Men

By Amit Bhattacharjee The breath-taking beauty and aura of the Himalayas have always attracted me from the time I was a kid. This attraction shaped me to take up trekking as a profession in order to quench my desire of scaling the Himalayas and to take a closer look at the highest mountain range in the […]

Overcoming my Fear of Dogs through Hiking

By Clare McLoughlin I watched the final sunrise of 2017 from the top of Mt Toubkal in Morocco. I had climbed a total of 4,167m to get there over two days. For me, the most remarkable part was that two years prior I couldn’t even walk a mile without breaking into a sweat. From Catching the […]

My Top 3 Meetup Hiking Groups in London

Clare McLoughlin shares some of her favourite hiking Meetup groups in London with W4A. What makes Clare so inspiring is that she only took up hiking 2 years ago and has since trekked through the Sahara Desert and up Mt. Toubkal in Morocco. Over to Claire… Your Answer to Escaping the City Have you always […]

Why You Should Visit Kyrgyzstan

The locals will tell you proudly that if you rolled Kyrgyzstan out flat, their tiny but incredibly mountainous Central Asian country would be larger than China. The peaks are omnipresent, visible even from the heart of the capital. And as adventure tourism in Kyrgyzstan is starting to kick off, it’s the perfect time to climb, […]

4 Unusual Facts about Europe

1. Austria is home to the World’s Largest Floating Stage For a month every summer, Austria’s Bregenz Festival takes Europe by storm. It’s a celebration of all things operatic and a visual spectacle that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The focal point of the festival is a gigantic stage, which floats on […]

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro at 40

2017 is the year I will celebrate 40 years on this incredible planet. As a woman, this is a particularly fraught year. It comes with so much physical/emotional/societal baggage. I am finding the grey hairs, noticing the early wrinkles, taking longer to recover from extreme physical activity, facing questions about when the kids will come and so […]