Living Adventurously

Living Adventurously
Living Adventurously, with Alastair Humphreys, is the story of ordinary people choosing to live extraordinary lives.

You Only Protect What You Love. Living Adventurously 55
Oct 20 • 46 min
Kieran Harkin is a conservationist and educator. He founded GET OUT to use environmental education to strengthen the connection between Tower Hamlets’ young people and the natural world.
If You Ride a Bike You Are a Cyclist. Living Adventurously 54
Oct 13 • 53 min
Brian Cookson is the former president of British Cycling, helping to oversee the miraculous transformation of the sport to become Team GB’s most successful Olympic sport. Brian also loves trees and posts a daily Tree of the Day photograph on Twitter.
The Hillwalking Hijabi. Living Adventurously 60
Oct 6 • 62 min
Zahrah Mahmood lives in Scotland and loves the mountains. She says, “you can find me in the hills with some sort of head covering.” For Zahrah is known on Instagram as ‘the Hillwalking Hijabi’, sharing her cheerful, joyful experiences with a fast-growing…
Flying and “Stuff” are the Biggest Problems in Adventure. Living Adventurously 56
Sep 29 • 56 min
Kate Rawles’ ‘Outdoor Philosophy’ looks at the relationship between people and nature, telling stories through long bicycle journeys, including crossing South America by bamboo bicycle.
Making Better Places for People to Live, Work, Play and Learn. Living Adventurously 52
Sep 22 • 47 min
Daisy Narayanan is the director of Urbanism at Sustrans and is working on the central Edinburgh transformation project. Daisy is an architect, an urban designer, a cyclist, and a fan of books, food and music.
Adventure is a Vaccine of Resilience for Real Life. Living Adventurously 51
Sep 15 • 44 min
Mark Davey is the Chief Executive of the Youth Adventure Trust, a charity that uses outdoor adventure to empower young people to fulfil their potential and lead positive lives in the future.
Some of the Best Things have come from Ridiculous Ideas. Living Adventurously 49
Sep 8 • 61 min
Dan Raven-Ellison is a Guerrilla Geographer & Creative Explorer. He led the campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City and is working on a new project called “Slow Ways” to collaboratively create a network of 4,000+ walking routes that…
Not Flying doesn’t mean Not Travelling. Living Adventurously 48.
Sep 1 • 55 min
Anna Hughes is an author, environmental campaigner, cyclist and Director of Flight Free UK, a campaign set up to encourage people to fly less.
Push to the edge of the comfort zone and emotional things happen. Living Adventurously 47.
Aug 25 • 61 min
Steve Denby is the founder of Primal Roots, a social enterprise that believes in the restorative power of fitness and nature as a tool to achieve more than just improvements in health and wellbeing.
Why do you need to travel round the world when you can walk around Lewisham? Living Adventurously 46.
Aug 18 • 57 min
Jack Cornish is a walker, an artist, and a Londoner. He works for the Ramblers charity, working to protect and expand the places people love to walk and promote walking for health and pleasure.
Don’t submit Zombie films to Adventure film festivals! Living Adventurously 45.
Aug 11 • 54 min
Rosie Riley is the founder of Adventure Uncovered and a dedicated North Sea surfer who settles for cycling, running and outdoor swimming when in London. She is an advocate and promoter of sustainability and clean technology, and working towards a PhD in…
Change is always good; attempting things out of your comfort zone is important. Living Adventurously 44.
Aug 4 • 67 min
Danny Bent was voted one of the 100 happiest people in the UK, and one of the 50 most inspirational people in London. He is an award winning author and journalist, Guinness World Record holder, and celebrated adventurer and community leader.
Alastair Humphreys interviews Alastair Humphreys. Living Adventurously 43
Jul 28 • 51 min
At the end of my ride around Yorkshire I decided to interview myself. Having spent a month grilling people with a card deck of difficult questions, it only seemed fair to have a go at answering them myself!
An Interview with my Dad. Living Adventurously 42
Jul 21 • 30 min
A chat with my Dad!
Managing a Farm through as many natural processes as possible. Living Adventurously 41
Jul 14 • 34 min
Leigh and Neil Heseltine run a traditional hill farm in Malham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. They place an emphasis on leaving room for nature and Regenerative Agriculture.
What are you messing around for being miserable? Change it. Living Adventurously 40.
Jul 7 • 35 min
Anna McNuff is fascinated by the powerful and delicate relationship that exists between mind and body. She ran 90 barefoot marathons through Britain to see if she could do it.
If I lived my life again I’d be braver. Living Adventurously 39
Jun 30 • 44 min
Jo Moseley is @healthyhappy50. She is the first woman to SUP coast to coast across the UK. She describes herself as a Joy Encourager, Midlife Adventurer & Beach Cleaner. Somebody else called her ‘a fruitbat on a glorified surfboard’ much to Jo’s delight!
I never thought I could make a living from expeditions - I just stumbled into it. Living Adventurously 38
Jun 23 • 30 min
Matt Kettlewell was born and raised on a remote farm at the head of a long valley. There is no through road. Matt had travelled very little when he accidentally got a job that required him to move to Africa!
The right tree in the right place. Living Adventurously 37
Jun 16 • 37 min
Tom Orde-Powlett’s family have lived in Bolton Castle for 800 years. The Bolton Estate plays an important role in managing and caring for the beautiful area of Wensleydale. Tom considers it his duty to hand things over to the next generation in a better…
I won’t regret not washing the kitchen floor more often. Living Adventurously 36
Jun 9 • 24 min
Anna Ashfield describes herself as “a kind of can’t-be-arsed girl (who is really a middle aged woman). If an opportunity to do something arises, I test it by thinking, “when I go to bed at night and the opportunity has passed, will I regret it?” Fear…
If I had all the time to do adventures I’m not sure I’d enjoy it as much. Living Adventurously 35
Jun 3 • 27 min
Rose and Richard Bannister are busy dentists and parents. In their spare time they are also on a mission to live as adventurously as possible.
120 marathons in 120 days Living Adventurously 34
Jun 2 • 37 min
Graham Wilson retired from the Police and is now on a mission to walk 120 marathons in 120 days (along with his dog, Tilly).
The Wild Harvest school of self-reliance. Living Adventurously 33
May 26 • 20 min
Diana Page was raised by her soldier Grandfather and hippy Father in an unconventional upbringing for a little girl in the seventies. A childhood that necessitated teaching herself self-reliance skills led to a university post-graduate education in…
“Ideas are Free: Give them Away.” Living Adventurously 32
May 19 • 41 min
Mike Sowden is a curious writer and he is a fantastic person to share ideas and bounce thoughts around with. Mike describes himself online as an archaeology student turned writer and story geek, as well as a travelling disaster…
The Hardest Part of an Adventure is Coming Home Again - Living Adventurously 31
May 12 • 32 min
Clare Nattress and Matty Waudby cycled round the world together. Clare is a PhD Candidate Arts Researcher & Lecturer and an artist. Matty is an adventurous creative with a love for bicycles, camping and the great outdoors. He aims to create inspirational…
Don’t think too much; don’t worry too much - Living Adventurously 30
May 6 • 33 min
Charlotte Evans, at 20 years old, was the youngest person I interviewed on my ride around Yorkshire. She describes herself on Twitter as a Notts County supporter, singer/songwriter, geographer and occasional radio producer from up North currently studying…
Four Mums in a Boat - Living Adventurously 29
May 5 • 40 min
‘Yorkshire Rows’ are four mums, friends, businesswomen who rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. The expedition resulted in an intriguing variety of outcomes: the same journey impacting on different personalities in very different ways. We talked…
“I know that I’m better than some people and not as good as other people” - Living Adventurously 28
Apr 28 • 34 min
David Oakes is an actor known for his role in “The Borgias” and Prince Ernest in the ITV show “Victoria”. David also runs the Trees a Crowd podcast “for those curious about the world around us.”
The Right to Feel the Wind in Your Hair - Living Adventurously 27
Apr 21 • 28 min
Theresa Robertshaw helps the elderly get back on bicycles by taking them for rides on an adapted electric tricycle. The mission of Cycling Without Age is to create happiness among our fellow elderly citizens by providing them with an opportunity to remain…
Exploring takes you in Circles - Living Adventurously 26
Apr 14 • 29 min
Chris Goddard is the Yorkshire Map Maker. He has been exploring and mapping his local landscapes ever since he was a child, spurred on by curiosity and a love of being outdoors. Chris dedicates his passion for exploring the minutiae of the world to…
Wisdom from a Professional Sand Castle Builder - Living Adventurously 25
Apr 7 • 40 min
Jamie Wardley is a professional sand artist who creates far more than the sand castles I joked about. In his own words, “I am a mixed bag with a dose of art, a sprinkle of theatre and an education in Environmental Sciences. I have always tried to do…
“Going blind is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.” - Living Adventurously 24
Mar 31 • 53 min
Steve Bate has a condition that is slowly robbing him of his eyesight. He has now lost most of his vision, and because the condition is degenerative, Steve will go blind. He was devastated when he heard the optician tell him that he was going blind. Steve…
Trying to achieve perfection is usually a recipe for disaster. Living Adventurously 23
Mar 24 • 36 min
Brant Richards is the Co-Founder of HebTroCo which smashed Kickstarter funding targets and grew into a Made In Britain menswear brand from the ground up.
“Place is a repository of memory.” - Living Adventurously 22
Mar 17 • 34 min
Rob Cowen is the award-winning author of Common Ground, selected as a ‘Book of the Year’ in the Times and featuring in the Guardian’s Top Ten Readers’ Choice. After moving from London to a new home in Yorkshire, Rob found himself on unfamiliar territory,…
“If I could live my life over I’d have been braver in my 20s.” Living Adventurously 21
Mar 13 • 33 min
Michaela Hanna has completed IronManUK, the Lakeland50 ultra mountain marathon, cycled from Edinburgh to London and across the Western Cape of South Africa. She therefore has personal experience of the significance of precise and relevant nutrition and…
“I wanted to create the Runners’ equivalent of a Biker Cafe.” - Living Adventurously 20
Mar 10 • 31 min
Ben Dave ran a lap of Yorkshire because he needed a big challenge after running changed his life, helping him lose 30kg and stop smoking a couple of packets a day. Running also helped Ben with his mental health. When he was feeling down and lonely, Ben…
I’m Out Of My Depth, Let’s Do It // I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again. Living Adventurously 19.
Mar 3 • 46 min
Boff Whalley, from the band Chumbawamba is a keen runner, never happier than when mud-splattered and gasping up on the windy hills of West Yorkshire. He is also a playwright, the founder of Commoners Choir, and the author of Run Wild - an account of his…
Green Spaces are an Opportunity for People to Come Together and Connect - Living Adventurously 18
Feb 25 • 25 min
Annie Berrington is the founder of Get Out More, a social enterprise working to help people engage with nature to feel better in mind and body. She is a qualified forest school practitioner, a busy mum, and a keen microadventurer.
What you don’t know you can learn by doing - Living Adventurously 17
Feb 18 • 32 min
Tim Frenneaux is a former martial arts instructor and nine to fiver. He decided to return to the outdoor life that had brought him so much happiness growing up, and that the best way to make the difference he wanted to see in the world, was to start a…
Going out to explore the world was not encouraged within the Pakistani community
Feb 11 • 36 min
Imran Mughal was the first British-Pakistani to cycle round the world. Over a delicious curry cooked by his mum the proud Yorkshireman told me how going out to explore the world was not encouraged within the Pakistani community. But the decline in health…
“What is it that I want?” - an Adventure with a Raft and a Piano. Living Adventurously 15
Feb 3 • 28 min
Ben Cummins is on a mission to deliver a piano from Liverpool to London. On a home-made raft. That he propels himself. Within 25 years… So far it has taken Ben seven years to push his raft the 127 miles along the canal from Liverpool to Leeds! This…
One Thing at a Time, as Beautiful as Possible - Living Adventurously 14
Jan 28 • 25 min
Thom Barnett runs Mamnick, a clothing brand passionate about cycling. The tagline is “one thing at a time, as beautiful as possible”. I cajoled Thom out of bed at early o’clock and we cycled out of Sheffield together, nipping down the back alleys and…
There is a Broken Connection Between Cities and Wildness - Living Adventurously 13
Jan 21 • 37 min
Professor Ian Rotherham is an expert on a range of environmental issues, including urban wildlife, extreme weather, flooding and climate change. He has published extensively in academic journals, and has released a number of books on UK wildlife and the…
We Need to Reclaim Time to Think in Our Life if we are to Do Meaningful Things - Living Adventurously #12
Jan 14 • 34 min
Sophie Stephenson was living the life she’d always wanted. She had a well-paid dream job in Australia, lived in a beautiful place and felt secure in the knowledge that this could go on, indefinitely. But she was, she realised, unfulfilled. She was not, it…
On Sunday night I am excited to go back to work on Monday morning - Living Adventurously 11
Jan 8 • 43 min
Jon Barton is the founder of Vertebrate Publishing. It sits at the very heart of British adventure writing and outdoor sports. Jon says that “we publish books to inspire adventure. It’s our rule that the only books we publish are those that we’d want to…
Don’t stand on the edge of the diving board with your toes over the edge for hours - Living Adventurously #10
Jan 7 • 32 min
Tomo Thompson is Chief Executive of the charity Friends of the Peak District who work to safeguard the landscape of Britain’s first national park. Tomo is a retired Army Officer, with a recent background in business management consultancy. He also enjoys…
Living an Authentic Life is One Less Thing to Worry About
Dec 31, 2019 • 29 min
Louise McMahon is a climber, caver, diver, occasional photographer and a trans woman she/her. So says her Twitter bio, and I like the order she has chosen to list things in. Once Louise had unpicked and identified the problems she faced, the big change of…
What Stories Do You Tell Yourself About Your Barriers? - Living Adventurously #8
Dec 24, 2019 • 36 min
Sarah Lister was drifting through her twenties until a ‘doorstep mile’ moment of commitment saw her quit her unloved job and begin again. Today Sarah lives in a cosy cottage at the foot of beautiful fells in the Peak District National Park. She works as a…
The Inspirations and Limitations for Women Getting into the Outdoors - Living Adventurously episode #7
Dec 18, 2019 • 27 min
Hetty Key combined her industry experience of the Outdoor / Adventure world with her academic background to investigate issues surrounding women in adventure. Hetty is passionate about using data to increase diversity and improve accessibility within the…
Adventure is Being Open to the Possibility of Something Changing Your Life in Ways You Can’t Predict - Living Adventurously #6
Dec 17, 2019 • 24 min
Helen Mort is a busy woman. She is an award-winning poet and novelist, a runner and a climber. She has also recently become a mum which has transformed her perspective on living adventurously. She told me about being open to the possibilities of change in…
Putting Restrictions in Place Enforces Creativity - Living Adventurously #5
Dec 10, 2019 • 50 min
Tommy Banks was the youngest chef in the world to be awarded a Michelin star. The Black Swan at Oldstead was rated the best restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor in 2017. As a connoisseur of banana sandwiches and dehydrated expedition meals, this was not…
Living Adventurously is About Trying to Not Be at Work - Living Adventurously #4
Dec 10, 2019 • 25 min
Simon Jackson launched the superb Moors One Hundred bikepacking event in North Yorkshire. He guided me around some of his favourite trails on a glorious day of summer heatwave. Simon has a normal job and the usual commitments of raising a family. So he…
Getting Older, the Benefits of Having Time, and Being Aware of your Mortality - Living Adventurously #3
Dec 10, 2019 • 25 min
Mike Bagshaw is a Lancastrian by birth and a zoologist by training. He spent his working career in education, initially indoors, but then for 30 years he worked in outdoor education centres, introducing children and adults to the delights of watersports,…
I’ve Never Really Noticed Things Before, Because I Haven’t Looked - Living Adventurously #2
Dec 10, 2019 • 23 min
Kay Willis is the director at Beyond Boundaries, an organisation that provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities in the beautiful setting of Commondale, North Yorkshire. My ride to the farm took me up and over impressive, empty moorland.…
Learning to Slow Down and Choose Priorities - Living Adventurously #1
Dec 10, 2019 • 31 min
Claire Fuller is training to be an occupational therapist. She loves wild swimming and getting out onto the North Yorkshire moors for overnight camps. Finding the balance between being a busy working woman and a carefree adventurous soul can be difficult.…
Living Adventurously - an Introduction
Nov 27, 2019 • 5 min
My name is Alastair Humphreys. Back in my youth, my glory days, I spent 4 years cycling around the world. Ever since then I’ve been interested in the idea of Living Adventurously. But the definition of Living Adventurously differs for everyone. And it…