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We recently had the opportunity to meet and interview Juile Coldwell who has in excess of forty years experience cycling, swimming, climbing and running all over the world. Here she tells us about a few of her experiences and why she loves doing what she does.
Tell about yourself and what activities you do and have done –
I’m 60 years young and an ex teacher and I originate from Yorkshire. I maybe running etc a bit slower these days but I have spent the last 40 years climbing, fell running, wild swimming and cycling all over the world. I also love photography and have amassed some fantastic shots!
Why do the Lakes inspire you?
The Lakes inspire me for several reasons – the mountains and the ease of access to fells and lakes and the fabulous cycling routes. I also find it offers so much potential for some amazing photographic opportunities whether that be wildlife or cloud inversions from on top of mountains!
What are your favourite ride/swim/ fell run/ walked/ climbed in the Lakes?
There are so many good ones to choose from but here goes –
Swim – Rydal as you can often be swimming alone and it’s a great place to see wildlife
Ride – Grizedale Forest offers varied routes all abilities and some stunning views over Coniston and surrounding fells.
Fell run – Setting off from Ambleside via Rydaland Loughrigg up to High Sweden Bridge. Fabulous route that I do often.
Walk – Coniston Old Man or Red Screes , both offer superb panoramic vista’s.
Climb – Not one specific climb but an area which has to be the Langdales.
What other places have you cycled in?
My bike and I have certainly travelled and had adventures in New Zealand, Norway, Morocco, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Orkneys not to mention our very own UK!
What other places have you climbed/ walked or swam in?
I’ve been lucky enough to visit some amazing places and have walked in the Himalaya’s, USA, France, Italy, New Zealand, North Wales, Scotland, Orkneys. I also managed to fit in climbs and swims in a lot of these places as well.
What would be your advice to anyone wanting to take any of these activities up?
My main bit of advice would be ‘Be prepared for any eventuality’. Ensure you do your research before setting off and be honest about your own abilities. It is often good to start out by doing things with friends or a group so that you have some back up should you need it.
Tell us about your up coming talk for the Festival of the Fells –
I’m really excited to be sharing my experiences with people at the upcoming festival and hope that people have as much enjoyment listening as I had doing! My talk will be about my adventures wild camping and solo cycling through northern Norway, which was my latest adventure. I’m speaking at the Copper Pot Café on Friday 22nd September from 4pm and everyone is welcome!
Where can people follow your exploits?
You can read some bits on the ‘Love Ambleside Facebook page or read my blog at – living this life out loud.
I hope it inspires you to get out and live life !
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