Ladies: now is the time to get outdoors

Posted by Joanna Rowbottom on 19/07/2016

Breathe in the fresh air, relax, enjoy some quality time with friends or family and at the same time get active during #WomenOutdoors Week.

During 5-15 August, the BMC will be running #WomenOutdoors Week, a campaign designed to get more women into and sticking with climbing, hill walking and mountaineering.  

Get out for a walk

Within the UK we are blessed with some fantastic places to get out walking, whether that is somewhere local to you, or a little further afield at one of the many national parks and areas of natural beauty within the UK.  If you’re new to hill walking you might be wondering where to start so have a look at our essential hill walking know how to get you on your way. The National Trust has a huge variety of places to walk from shorter walks in the grounds of their many properties to longer walks in the great outdoors. Find a National Trust walk that suits you, put on your walking shoes and get outdoors between 5-15 August.

Family Fun

Getting outdoors is a great way to have fun with the family so Peak Climbing Club are holding a family friendly day of outdoor fun during #WomenOutdoors Week.  There will be rock climbing, a BBQ and a scavenger trail for the kids on 7 August from 10am to 4pm at Lawrencefield Quarry near Hathersage. You can come and go as you please but the walk will set off at 11am. For those who have never been rock climbing, or haven't been for a while members of the Peak Climbing Club will show you the ropes. Come along  to enjoy the outdoors and do as much or a little climbing as you like.

The day will cost £2 per adult, £1 per child. Parking is at Surprise View carpark (bank card needed for pay and display).

Contact: Becky Hammond via email or 07901813175, or Greg Bristol via email or 07967607158, for more information and to book.

Try rock climbing

Rock climbing is both a physical and mental challenge, but only a personal challenge; you’re not competing against anyone, just trying to better your climb each time. Most people start climbing indoors, and then some progress to climbing outdoors as well. If you’ve been looking for something fun that is also a great workout then rock climbing could be the answer. Many people think you need to be strong to start climbing, but you don’t, the routes vary in grade and degree of difficulty so you can choose one that suits you and work your way up. Find out how Lianne caught the climbing bug and never looked back.

A number of climbing walls have signed up to #WomenOutdoors Week and are offering taster sessions for women who haven't tried rock climbing before, but would like to give it a go. We know it can be daunting trying something new for the first time, which is why many of these sessions are 2 for 1, so you and a friend can go along together for half the price.

Find out what's going on near you.

North West and Wales

Midlands

London and the south

Yorkshire

The prizes

Once you’ve decided to get outdoors, and planned your activity don’t forget to get involved in the social media campaign. Between 5-15 August tweet your photos and tell us what you’re up to during #WomenOutdoors Week and you will enter the prize draw to win prizes donated by Cotswold Outdoor. Tweet using #WomenOutdoors, to @CotswoldOutdoor and @TGCclimbing to enter the prize draw.

What about men?

We often get asked this question. Two million fewer women participate in sport and physical activity than men, yet 13 million women would like to do more. There are a number of reasons women participate less frequently, including: confidence when trying something new, not sure whether they will be fit enough or strong enough, and not having anyone to go along with. Although this is #WomenOutdoors Week and we aim to encourage more women to get involved, we’d really like men to help us. Whether you’re already a climber, or hill walker, or you’d like to give climbing or hill walking a go, can you support your female family members or a group of friends to get outdoors during #WomenOutdoors Week? 


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