My playground growing up, although I was lazy child ( still am!) and I didn’t really appreciate it until I started to run.
One day, after my 2nd child I started running along the road in a bid to lose some ‘ baby weight ‘ . I hated it. I hated the way people looked at you, men in vans beeped or shouted their opinions. I felt so judged! So I took a footpath down to a familiar route and headed off road, and I didn’t stop... I fell into a world of trail running. Amongst nature, trees, lakes and eventually mountains and I was in my element! I was a lazy child but I adored the outdoors and could tell you names of most trees and plants, rocks, birds and, well anything.
This skyline was my first 20miles. Without little training and just some common sense of the fells and mountains( SBS father helped 😊) I continued to run, my biggest being 42 miles.
I owe a great deal to these hills, although I used them initially to lose weight, what I didn’t realise at the time is that they saved me. Every deep breath I took whilst running up a mountain was like meditation, and every steep hill I ran down at speed ( still my forte 😉) was like medication, I felt so high! The outdoors helped me through the worse time of my life and I’m so very grateful to every picture I stopped to take to remind me of my love of being on top of the world.. my world anyway 😊 #tbt2013#peakdistrict
We are very excited that @ordnancesurvey are supporting our hiking meet-up on 9th March as part of their #getoutside campaign. They are kindly offering everyone that comes one free month trial of their awesome app and will be making our route available to follow on the day! Comment below, message us or join the Facebook event to let us know you’re coming and we will send you the code when it’s available. 🏔 .
We are also very excited to be sponsors of the Hope Valley Film Festival and will be attending in the evening after the walk to hear adventurer @johnbeattyphotographs talk about his travels and recent book about Kinder Scout (quite fitting really!) .
A massive thanks to @steelcitynomad for the photo and collab... we can’t wait for you to join our hike 🤙 #yugenexplore#getoutside
Shutlingsloe Fell Race last May. I turned up with a slight headache from the night before 🥴but managed a top 10 Finish. • The race is only 1.8 miles long, Up & down the Peak in the distance, crossing the river Dane also. • Looking forward to another long summer in the Peaks with plenty of short races before stepping things up ready for Offa Dyke 185 in September. 🏃♂️ #peakdistrict#ultrarunner#fitness#running#run#trailrunning#getoutside#runnersofinstagram
*Mental Health Awareness
The Blue Lagoon of Buxton
I arrived at the location I had planned in Buxton. I had an idea where the Blue Lagoon was located but I wasn't sure how to hike there, so I went into the local newsagents to ask for directions. I was told to be careful up there as on Monday night a man had took his own life at this quarry. The excitement I had of seeing this scene was instantly shattered and I wondered whether it was even right me going up there.
I made my way up to the quarry, such an usual spectacle, just how I had seen and imagined it would look like from pictures on the Internet. For a few moments the excitement I get when I'm confronted with new landscapes came back and I began scanning for scenes to Photograph. That didn't last long when it suddenly hit me that this place that I was seeing for the first time was the last place the man will ever see from Monday night. It upset me, has done all day, while I'm typing this out and looking at the pictures from today. Such a beautiful and unusual place (the water is toxic though so don't enter) but there was a sadness in the air I felt and around the surrounding area with the locals.
We have to keep the conversation going about mental health as these tragedies are happening far too often these days. It's everywhere and effects us all. I've lost friends to it and I've felt the spiral of depression and gone to places I never want to in my mind ever again. Getting out more and seeing new places helps me. There really is so much out there to see and do to take your mind off life's woes. But most importantly we all have to talk about it. Talk to your fiends your loved ones. Even better go for a walk with a loved one and just talk.
I shed a few tears while looking at this scene. Thinking how in a split moment somebody was gazing at the same scene but decided to do the unthinkable.
My condolences to the family and loved ones of the Man. May you now rest.
~~~ Peak District ~~~
______________________________________________________ Happy Monday people! I hope your week started well! I’ve just recognised that it’s quite a long time that I’ve don’t give updates about my next trips as I’m still receiving people sending me advices for Japan! 😬
Well, is not that I’m no longer going to Japan but I’m not going this April! Unfortunately, our car abandoned us recently and we needed to replace it with a new one 🙈. Ergo, Japan was crazy expensive for the period I wanted to go!
However, I had already a plan B and immediately swapped to the second country to visit of our bucket list, which is Egypt!! 😍 We found very good flight tickets for the period we wanted to travel. I’m beyond excited for this and saying that I want to visit Egypt since I was a kid is an understatement!
One of the gifts Alessio did to me when we were just dating (almost ten years ago) was a book to learn how to translate hieroglyphics! One of the things I thought in that moment was “ Wow! I’m gonna merry this guy!”. Well, here we are! 👫
Thanks everyone who has sent me tips about Japan! It’s still on the plan but probably later in the year or next year spring!
In the picture there’s one of my favourite parts of Peak District! Love to come here for a walk. This place in particular is quite hidden and for this reason I love it!
Where are you going next?
70 14092 days ago
It’s times like this when patience pays off. When me and @joeturner90 arrived the place was covered in fog, As it cleared we were rewarded with this light
What's your favourite British Countryside view? 1, 2 or 3? Comment below! All of these incredible shots are by @b.christie_
The first, and the one I want to focus on, is from Chrome Hill in Derbyshire, England and is a rather strange formation indeed! Towering above the young river Dove near Glutton Bridge, it's actually a limestone reef knoll, a mud mound held together with bryozoa (aquatic invertebrate animals) and algae that once grew in a warm ocean a few degrees south of the equator. Later, softer deposits scoured away, so that the reef’s topography is, geologists say, much as it was in the Triassic period between 251 million and 199 million years ago. The fact this was once an ocean bed south of the Equator is quite mind-blowing. Quick Tip: Visit here for some exercise and awesome landscape love, then pop over to Pemberley (Chatsworth House) which is just 35 mins away and eat lots and lots of cake.
Shots 2 and 3 are from stunning Scotland with the first from the mysterious Quiraing on the Isle of Skye.
Follow @b.christie_ to see more glorious landscape shots from Britain and beyond 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag us in the picture too! ‘Ta! 🇬🇧
Supermoon in the Peak District.
The weather forecast wasn’t looking too good for tonight, so I headed out yesterday instead. Cloud covered the sky and I wasn’t too hopeful. But I crossed my fingers and patiently waited. So happy I did. The clouds disappeared and I was treated to this spectacular view 😍 who else got to see it?? P.S. photopills is the real MVP