The best walks in Yorkshire (in my humble opinion)…

So, where to start? Being from the red brick streets of Manchester I was really shocked when I moved to Yorkshire at how beautiful it is! Stone, greenery, amazing walks – its all my cup of tea.

But what walks would I say were my fave so far? I would love to be one of those people who could break down where to park, how long the walk is etc but I get chauffeured there like the pampered pooch I am and pay little attention to these details… But this is my list of favourite rambles to date:

Disclaimer: If I’ve missed out any deets then you can head to good ole Google for that.

1.Malham Cove

Harry Potter lovers its time to get fan-girlin’. The deathly hallows was filmed on the ‘brain’ of Malham Cove. This is my favourite of them all as the mix of scenery is incredible! The other highlight is the cute pubs and bars at the end of the walk. Head to Beck Hall for a bevvy and something to eat – you wont be disappointed.

2. Hardcastle Crags – Hebden Bridge

If you fancy a lil Sunday stroll to burn off those Yorkshire puds then you need to head here. This is only a small walk but the scenery and mass of trees is all you need! As always, its not all walk no play – about 30 mins into the walk you get to an old mill where you can treat yourself to a hot choc or whatever else tickles your fancy. Its a good mix of being beneath the trees and risking it all on the stepping stones of death (ok, maybe I’m being a tad dramatic there)…

3. Bolton Abbey

Get your £2 portable BBQ’s at the ready, its Bolton Abbey time! This is such a good summer spot! Lie out next to the river, jump in or bring a inflatable hot dog to glide down the stream on – Bolton Abbey has it all. Theres a walk which has obstacles for the kiddies (or the big kid in you). Just a lil tip from me to you – if you’re a 5’10 string bean like me, talking from experience, I’d probs give the obstacles a miss….

4. Ingleton Falls

If you ever fancy getting lost in waterfalls then this is your place! It takes around 2 hours to plod through it all but this is one of the most relaxing, scenic walks in Yorkshire. From waterfalls, to tree lined paths and moorlands- its a beauty. Not many eating/drinking spots along the way here so I’d recommend bringing a picnic!

What are your favourite walks? If you’d like to add any helpful comments/tips that I definitely missed then please feel free!

Gem x

WHY do walking boots have to be ugly?

This is a question I constantly ask myself when traipsing the aisles of any walking boot store. Walking past the mirage of beige, brown, dull walking boots is hardly an exciting experience. I don’t know about you but don’t you think walking boots nowadays are unnecessarily ugly? Ok, ugly is a harsh word buttttt if the shoe fits? (pun intended). 

Look at these beauties..

It was about 4 years ago I got into exploring, unfortunately my lanky feet didnt appreciate walking 10 miles in ‘normal’ shoes so I had to go to the dreaded walking boot store. To me personally, it felt like I was shopping for a mop bucket or something else equally as painful. I felt like I was back at school, being dragged around a shoe shop by my mum, trying on the blandest pairs of black plimsoles all because school couldn’t dare have kids showing any form of self-expression. “Nope, all the same – you can all look shit in black plimsoles” Anyway, I’m divulging again – apologies. Back to it, dull boots…. 

So, it was around this time where I came up with the idea of creating walking boots I would actually be happy to wear. It wouldn’t just be a necessity, I could walk into town after a walk and proudly prance around without feeling like I had two rocks on my feet. I thought it was a great idea so thats where this whole whirlwind started. I don’t know about you, but I love nothing more than going into nature & still being able to express my individual style and quirks. At the end of the day without quirks we’d basically all be mega boring (no offence).

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Anyway, in the shop I refused to buy a pair. Partly because I was a poor student and the £150 price tag nearly made me fall off my chair, but also, because why would I spend that much money on something I didn’t even like? Speaking to other people about this they thought I was mental, getting numerous blisters from walking in crap footwear, they wondered why I wouldn’t suck it up and just buy a boring pair of boots…. To me, the weird part was that they would just accept that this was the way with no question?! 

Half way through this journey I can honestly say I would be really happy walking in a pair of WIldSoles, wherever the trail may take me. Not just because I designed them and they are my brain child (ok, that may have something to do with it) but because they’re fun, they’re cool and they allow you to express your style instead of feeling like your in a pair of your grandads old work boots. 

Am I mega vain? No, genuinely not despite what the above might suggest…..hehe. But, I do think if you are going to invest in something as necessary as walking boots, why not make sure you actually like them? 

Please comment below, like/share if you enjoy my grumpy rambling & as always, thanks for reading

Gem x

Why is it important to rediscover our WildSole?

Well, where to start? Theres quite a few reasons I decided to start WildSole, but as you’ve probably gathered by now, I could ramble on for days so I’ll stick to 3 main things that inspired me…..

Firstly, as cringe as this may sound, I want to create a brand that inspires people to get out there and explore more. I hate how obsessed we have become by social media and screens in general and I thought it was about time I tried to change that. Don’t get me wrong, I love an Instagram binge as much as anyone, but I noticed more and more that I was feeling pretty empty from it….

Personally, I find that if I haven’t been in close proximity to a tree for a while (not a tree hugger, I swear) I start to forget who I am…… Not like a Friday night, had too many vodkas forget who I am, but more that I become tense and irritated by things that wouldn’t normally bother me…

I don’t know about you, but do you find that the more time you spend viewing other peoples lives, the more frustrated you become with your own? I end up comparing myself to the perfect instagrammer – she’s got a body to die for, sipping cocktails on a beach with male models tending to her & butterflies fluttering around her head, kind of perfect….. It’s silly, but I forget that actually, she’s probably got sand up her knickers and is worrying about her sunburnt nose and the slight bloat from that slice of sourdough bread she had for lunch. (I eat Aldi’s own but this girl – she’ll eat nothing less than a perfect batch of freshly prepped sourdough!)

Basically, what I’m trying to say is – we all too often look at other peoples lives and forget that they too, have the same worries, problems and insecurities as we do. I’ve found the only way to disconnect from this is to unplug and take yourself on an adventure, live in the moment, hug a tree if need be.

My point is, we get consumed too easily & I want to create a brand that inspires, but most of all I want to start a mission (imagine I said that in a deep mysterious voice – there you go, much more effective). No, on a serious note – I do. I want to get people out into nature and throw them into a forest. I wanna encourage people to follow their dreams and adventure until they realise how amazing this world really is (going all David Attenborough on you there – apologies).

I want people to put on a pair of WildSoles and feel like they can achieve anything. I want people to embrace their quirks but most of all, rediscover that WildSole we’ve all become so disconnected from..

GIVING BACK:

Remember in a previous post I spoke of my time when I attempted to become all buddhist monkish? (not a word – I don’t care). Well, during this time I became obsessed with the Dalai Lama and I promised myself that if I had the opportunity to start something, I would do it with the aim of helping others…

I have my own ideas on how I would like to do this, but I’d love to hear your suggestions as to how you think WildSole could, not only inspire, but also help people too.

Pretty please comment below any suggestions, I’d love to hear your thoughts…?

Gem x

Hey, welcome to my blog….

And into the wild I go, to lose my mind and find my soul” ~ John Muir

I’m starting this blog for a number of reasons, firstly I love to explore and I wish more people did too. I am 25 and live in the UK where the norm is to go out drinking until you forget you’re own name (I do this sometimes without alcohol so no judgements here). But yeah, I’m not really about that and wondered if I could find other people like me. Maybe, after all my interests aren’t all that different?

So I love to walk, yep thats right – walk. I’m talking about finding new places, leaving your phone at home and walking, climbing, swimming until you forget about all your worries – ‘hakuna matata’ and all that jazz (apologies I watched the new Lion King the other day and it’s still in my head.)

One of the best adventures yet – explorin’ waterfalls in Thailand

I don’t think enough of us get out there and actually explore new places, jump into fresh water lakes, climb mountains for fun and I wanted to see if I could encourage other people to do it too. Maybe you’ll surprise yourself and realise the buzz of jumping into a lake is worth the soggy ride home.

Alongside rambling on about my adventures (excuse the pun), I am also starting a walking boot business aimed as us young’ens. The company will be called ‘WildSole’ and I will be sharing my journey on here of exactly how I plan to go about it…. (I love how this sounds like I actually have a plan, to be completely honest, the plan is to wing it – ‘fake it until you make it and all that’.

So in short, because I am a fan of keeping things short and sweet – I want to post blogs about the adventures I go on and the places I recommend to let you’re hair down & connect with nature again. Don’t you miss being a kid when climbing trees was completely normal & not an excuse to have you sectioned?

Despite what I’ve been saying above, I also love a drink (I’m not a tee-total buddhist monk just yet – I tried it but I love the sound of my own voice too much). So yeah, (ironically i’m failing to keep this short & sweet) I will be showing you the best country bars and pubs, where to find the best grub and G&T. Because after all, exploring is about having fun so why not get a little tipsy on the way? It’ll make the walk back a lot more fun thats for sure.

Anyway, thanks for reading & I hope you enjoy my posts!

Gem x

Ingleton Waterfalls trail – North Yorkshire