My name is Julie and I live in the beautiful Brecon Beacons area of South Wales and in my spare time I can be found tramping over the hills and mountains with my two dogs Lottie & Spud.
I have a life long love of the outdoors, which has now extended to include wanting to help others to create the same feelings.
I would also like to call myself a climber, but this is very much a work in progress.
I have lived in South Wales for over 12 years now and am proud to call it my home.
I am a Brecon Beacons Ambassador which means I have been learning all about this area in order to share it with you.
I love taking photographs both landscapes and at the other end of the scale, close ups of flowers, funghi or anything that catches my eye that I maybe don't recognise.
I also try to take pics that people enjoy, so the pictures are many and varied.
If you are looking for an outdoor pursuits enthusiast who wants to go hard or fast, I'm not the person you want to employ!
I'm about enjoying the outdoors, respecting it and ourselves.
I do not bring my dogs if I am out with you, I concentrate on your day, you however are welcome to bring your dog/s as long as they adhere to the Brecon Beacons Dog Code
I am happy to take you walking in small groups, no more than 3 people or as individuals.
Prices on application, as each booking is tailored to you
Primarily based In South Wales & The Brecon Beacons Area, although also happy to walk in North Wales, The Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland (my family are from Northern Ireland and I visit regularly!) or in areas of West Penwith in Cornwall.
I set up Simply Strolling to give me a chance to help you to get back outdoors and experience the best that it can give us.
I am about looking around us taking in the nature, the smells, the feels and, being in the UK also, the weather.
I want to help you feel that you are getting back in touch with yourself through the medium of the outdoors.
I am not a therapist or a coach, I am simply someone who knows the benefits that the outdoors can have on you both mentally and physically.
I have a history of having to deal with depression, stress and anxiety myself and I know that the outdoors played no small part in my recoveries.
So why the mountain goats in the pic? Well if you ever smell one, you'll never forget it! They are rank. But also ever so photogenic at the right angle.
This was taken on the side of Tryfan, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales
I can offer you a number of choices, being based in South Wales in The Brecon Beacons National Park is a definite bonus.
Did you used to go outside yourself full of confidence and you've lost that feeling?
I am happy to walk with you to help build that confidence back up again.
Do you want to get outside but have no idea what kit you need, how to prepare for a walk ot how to follow a map?
I can help with this. I started at the scratch point myself and it was through the generosity of others sharing their passion and knowledge with me that I am able to do what I do today.
Do you want to learn more about the environment that we walk in?
When you walk with me I do my best to point out any points of interest, it could be a fungus, a flower, a great big rock or a tree. Birds I am working on!
I also try to tell you something of the history of where we are walking.
Oh yes and we can need headtorches....
I am not a qualified outdoor pursuits instructor, yet!
I am consolidating my training to achieve my Summer Mountain Leader Qualification. I hope to achieve this in the next 6 months.
You do not need to hold this qualification to take groups out in the hills but I feel that it is an integral part of what I would offer; the assurance that my skills have been assessed as being at a level that the Mountain Training Association are happy to pass me in their scheme.
I am very happy to lead walks of any level of skill or duration that you might be interested in. They can be as hard or as easy as you feel would benefit you.
When we are out the day is tailored to what you want. If you just want to wander in silence we can do that, I can push you or we can meet somewhere in the middle. It will however usually involve a full day out, coffee and cake to start and possibly to finish as well.
You will need to bring your own packed lunch and kit.
Sign up to hear from me very infrequently, but when I do it it will be about relevant content such as group walking events.