Whether you’re traveling around the UK or further afield, there’s always plenty of outdoor spaces to explore. Revisiting the same place can provide completely different experiences depending on the weather, and it can be fascinating to see the changes throughout the seasons.
However, it’s always helpful to have a bit of inspiration, and what better than fellow female outdoor enthusiasts? You’ll find lots of women sharing their experiences in online blogs, and these are a great place to find inspiration – and the motivation to try something new!
With so many to choose, it can be difficult to know where to start reading so we’ve narrowed it down to the top 20 outdoor bloggers who you should follow in 2018.
The Girl Outdoors
If you want to read about some real adventures, The Girl Outdoors is a great place to start. Sian Anna Lewis tackles everything from wild camping to mountaineering, with practical tips along the way. There are both domestic and global suggestions so whatever your budget is, you’ll be able to have a go for yourself.
Lady on a Rock
Christy Rosander is Lady on a Rock, a blog dedicated to the possibilities of hiking solo. Strapping on a backpack and heading off on your own, whether it’s for a walk or something more adventurous, is something that no-one should be afraid of experiencing.
Blues, Twos and Walking Shoes
Emma Cusworth is the brains behind Blues, Twos and Walking Shoes and by own admission, she’s hoping to encourage more people to pull on their boot and explore the outdoors. Firmly focused on walking rather than any more adrenaline-pumping activities, this blog leaves you with a sense of balance and peace, much like the feeling of walking in the outdoors.
Appalachian Trail Girl
Megan Maxwell is a committed solo hiker and has named her blog after one of her most enjoyable endeavors. This site aims to encourage other women to try out solo hiking and camping, whether it’s simple trail walking or heading off to the Himalayas.
Wild and Words
Having a focus while you’re outdoors can be a wonderful way to motivate yourself and in Wild and Words, Athena shares her love of photography and walking. Very much a global adventurer, Athena shares her experiences from around the world accompanied by some stunning pictures which will leave you with an itch to travel.
If you’ve ever fancied reading about sleeping in weird and wonderful places, Phoebe Smith is your girl. Working as a travel editor by day, in her spare time she devotes every moment to finding remote places to explore and sleep in. Strangely compelling, this blog will leave you wondering what it’s like to wake up solo on a mountain summit….
Outdoorista belongs to Anna Paxton, and it’s a blog that’s dedicated to championing women who are role models for the outdoors. A keen fell and trail runner herself, Anna is an expert on her local Peak District. She has also travelled to various other parts of the world, such as Yosemite to experience urban adventures in new places.
Mountain Journeys is the joint blog of Kate Ayres and Mark Eddy, a couple who split their time between the Lake District and a small village in the Costa Blanca mountains in Spain. Working as mountain and climbing guides, the blog is full of fascinating insights from both home and away.
The Thrifty Magpie’s Nest
Jenni Tulip aka The Magpie’s Nest is a rainbow-haired, woodland dwelling outdoors enthusiast who loves nothing better reconnecting with the natural world. This blog shares the mission to slow down and relish being outdoors through walking, camping and exploring. Jenni also runs a group which connects other outdoor bloggers, and this include Splodz Blogz (see below).
Never one to be able to sit still for long, Fiona Russell set up her blog, Fiona Outdoors, to capture her various outdoors adventures. Passionate about Scotland, Fiona runs, walks, cycles and wild camps in various spots around the country which gives her blog a varied and fresh feel.
A true explorer, Ness Knight likes to journey to new places, discover different cultures and immerse herself in extreme environments. Also working as a motivational speaker, she believes that “ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things”. Conservation and natural sciences are also passions, and these themes are woven seamlessly into the blog.
Adventure She is the brainchild of Jane Harries and is an online magazine which takes readers to all four corners of the world on a variety of sports and endeavors. A celebration of the spirit of adventure, this blog sets out to empower all women by sharing their true stories and experiences.
Outdoor Women’s Alliance
Founded by Gina Begin, the Outdoor Women’s Alliance is a non-profit making organization that aims to support and inspire women worldwide. The OWA offer a vast number of different programs which are designed to promote, engage and recognize women who are in adventure sports, lead an outdoor lifestyle or have athletic ability.
Kitiara Pascoe is a journalist with adventure in her soul, and she’s on a quest to challenge herself. Sailing around the Atlantic for 17,000 miles changed her outlook on life and she writes to share her experiences and to inspire other women to reach for what they might think is impossible.
Zoe is one of the champions of the One Hour Outside movement, a campaign that encourages everyone to spend an hour outside everyday even if that’s just running errands. On a personal level, Zoe loves nothing better than being outside and in Splodz Blogz she shares life-affirming experiences and images from home and around the world.
Created by Carol Roberts, Hiking Lady is the one-stop shop for expert advice, information and inspiration about backpacking and hiking. A comprehensive site with an endless number of features to explore, this blog makes hiking appealing to everyone.
Zoe describes her site as an online diary where she documents all of her outdoor escapades. With a mixture of low-key and more epic adventures, the blog is a great source of inspiration for anyone who’s considering spending some time outside.
Dirtbag Darling is the creation of Johnie Gall and showcases her expeditions outdoors. From across the ocean to closer at home, Dirtbag Darling celebrates the natural world and highlights the importance of environmental awareness. Although Johnie has a passion for surfing and rock climbing, Dirtbag Darling is all about responsible adventures in the outside world.
Two Blondes Walking
Lucy Atkins and Fi Darby are the inspiration for Two Blondes Walking, an online blog where they capture their outdoor activities. Although primarily focussed on walking, particularly around Dartmoor, there’s also wild swimming and some other activities included for additional inspiration.
Kristen Bor is the founder of Bearfoot Theory, but she’s got a team of likeminded women alongside her. Their guiding principle is that you don’t need to be an adrenaline junkie to explore and discover the world outside, and you don’t need a limitless budget either. Aimed at the everyday enthusiast, this blog encourages you to take outdoor activities to the limit that suits you.
The above 20 bloggers all share a love of the outdoor world and enjoy exploring it in a variety of different ways. While it’s important to make sure you take sensible precautions, there’s an unbridled joy in striking out to see what joys the natural world holds. Why not get inspiration from one of the above and set off on an exploration of your own?