The Great Outdoors Reader Awards
Our Reader Awards launch this summer, and public nominations open on July 19.
Here are the categories for this year’s Reader Awards:
Walkers’ pub of the year
Your favourite place for a post-walk pint or quality pub grub.
Previous winners:Applecross Inn; Wasdale Head Inn; Clachaig Inn
Walkers’ café or restaurant of the year
Anywhere with sit-down dining, from chippies upwards.
Previous winners:Moel Siabod Café, Capel Curig; Pete’s Eats, Llanberis
Hostel or bunkhouse of the year
Casual accommodation catering for muddy boots.
Previous winners:YHA Borrowdale
Campsite of the year
Celebrate excellent locations, friendly staff and great facilities.
Previous winners:Glenbrittle Campsite, Skye
Walkers’ app of the year
Anything you use on your mobile device to aid your outdoor adventures.
Previous winners:OS Maps
Outdoor personality of the year
Who has inspired you in 2019?
Previous winners:Hill-bagging spaniels Max & Paddy and human companion Kerry Irving; Sir Ranulph Fiennes; Kate Ashbrook; Sir Chris Bonington; Nicky Spinks
Outdoor book of the year
Guidebooks, memoirs, novels, photographic books…
Previous winners:There’s Always the Hills(Cameron McNeish); Risking Life and Limb(Judy Whiteside); The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs(Tristan Gooley), 8000 Metres(Alan Hinkes); Lake District Walks with History(Vivienne Crow)
Campaign or campaigner of the year
Those who stand up, speak out and act on the issues that matter to walkers.
Previous winners:Chris Packham; Mend Our Mountains; John Muir Trust; Ramblers coastal access campaign; Country Guardian anti-windfarm campaign
Independent retailer of the year
Retailers who operate independently, with five or fewer stores.
Previous winners:Keswick Boot Company; Needle Sports; Rathbones of Keswick; George Fisher; Outside, Hathersage
Chain retailer of the year
Outdoor retailers with six or more stores
Previous winners:Cotswold Outdoor
Online retailer of the year
Your favourite places to buy gear, maps and books online.
Previous winners:Alpkit; Go Outdoors; Above & Beyond
Outdoor clothing or equipment brand of the year
Gear brands with consistently high-quality, good-value kit or with commendable customer service.
Previous winners:Rab; Páramo
The extra mile award
Recognising individuals or groups who go beyond the call of duty to make a difference – from employees who have provided exceptional customer service to volunteers who contribute their time for the benefit of the countryside and other walkers. Feel free to share your stories to help support your nominees.
Previous winners:Sarah Howcroft, Gift Your Gear; Fix the Fells volunteer lengthsmen