I chose the social media handle @WalkingHolly because I feel that sums me up pretty well. I like walking, exploring and generally all things outdoorsy. I studied a Bachelor Arts in Wildlife and Media at the University of Cumbria which only enhanced my love of the outdoors. It was here that I learnt to use a camera and since graduating with a 2:1 I have been creating inspirational, high quality, outdoor based, promotional films for many nature based companies.
I first met Debbie working as second camera on Julia Bradbury’s Best Walks With A View near Pen-y-Ghent. I remember her being charismatic and full of energy. Little did I know this lady was going to become a friend for life.
I have since worked with Debs on many filming projects with The Outdoor Guide and been on trips throughout the UK and also to Germany but nothing is quite like home, and you can’t quite beat filming on home turf in Yorkshire.
I enjoy hiking in the Yorkshire Dales because of the diverse range of landscapes. I like how one day you can be walking through lush green dales, then the next up jagged, limestone, escarpments. With comes the variety of terrains, there are so many route options for abled bodied and wheelchair users too.
I am involved with Access The Dales because I know that Debbie’s foremost priority is to get more people outdoors and it is her determination which inspires me. We share the love of mountains and the natural world, we have a similar ethos and our personalities fuse well together.
Currently I am living full time ‘vanlife’ travelling through Scotland exploring different munros, and spending time with the binoculars spotting the elusive otter and working out what bird of prey I can see in the distance. But I am also keeping an eye out for wheelchair accessible places, walks and points of interest along the way.
In the future I aim to help Debbie out with Access The Dales projects whilst continuing my travels and making nature based films to continue to encourage more people to get the confidence to get outdoors and explore.