Adventures in the great outdoors!

Welcome to my blog site about my adventures in the great outdoors. I’m Jon and  I’ve still got a bit to do here but my aim is to have an informative blog that features walks, places and ideas for all the family. I hope you will join me to find your next adventure!

I’ve always felt lucky to have been born in the United Kingdom with its diverse landscape and history.  I was even luckier in that my father was a skilled climber and both my parents loved the outdoors. Most importantly this meant frequent holidaying in the amazing Lake District and Scottish Highlands.

Jon on Haystacks in the Lake District

On Haystacks in the Lake District

As a result I have memories as a small child of traveling around the country in an old red Mark 1 Ford Transit van which stank of petrol fumes. However, the benefits were sleeping wild somewhere by a small Loch in Scotland and tackling Swirral Edge on Helvellyn, amongst other amazing experiences.  My school holidays in the 70’s and 80’s consisted of long days, hot summers and steep hills! 

We live in a beautiful, ancient and historic landscape steeped in legend and it’s a shame so many people pass it by.  The idea for this blog came from a repeated soulless train commute to a City centre job and watching a huge flock of expressionless commuters push and jostle at the turnstiles.  The cage for most of us is to work hard, pay bills, and repeat. I hope some of you will join me in breaking it, even if only now and then.

Health

Finally, the obvious benefits on physical health are well known. However, research has shown spending time outdoors can have a positive impact on mental health.  Recently Trail magazine launched a fantastic campaign to promote this called Mountains for the Mind

Northumberland view

My trusty VW T4 van at the scenic vantage point looking north on the Rothbury to Alnwick road in Northumberland