We received a huge number of exciting nominations for the public-voted categories of this year’s Awards. Here are the shortlists – now’s your chance to have a say in who wins.
Every year since 2012, The Great Outdoors Awards have recognised the people, places and organisations that help us all get the most out of our time in the hills.
Public nominations opened this summer and have now closed. We’ve been sorting through your nominations and the shortlists are now ready. Scroll down to read them.
Every year we receive hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, providing a fascinating insight into the innovations taking place across the outdoors and the service providers who are really pushing the boat out. As always, we’ve found your comments and remarks particularly uplifting. There’s a real sense of hillwalkers coming together to celebrate everything that’s good in our outdoor culture.
There have been a few surprises in the nominations this year too. As always, the ‘extra mile’ category, introduced in 2017, was perhaps the most interesting, featuring people (and teams) who have made a tangible difference and created positive change.
Voting closes on November 20. Please share this page on social media to help as many people as possible learn about our Awards. The more votes we receive, the more representative the results will be.
The shortlists for The 2019 Great Outdoors Gear of the Year Awards, which represent the best in this year’s outdoor clothing, equipment, and tech, will be announced soon. The winners of these will be decided be a panel of expert judges.
Reader Awards 2019 – the complete shortlists
- Walkers’ pub of the year
- Walkers’ café or restaurant of the year
- Hostel or bunkhouse of the year
- Campsite of the year
- Walkers’ app of the year
- Outdoor personality of the year
- Outdoor book of the year
- Campaign or campaigner of the year
- Independent retailer of the year
- Chain retailer of the year
- Online retailer of the year
- Outdoor clothing or equipment brand of the year
- The extra mile award
Walkers’ pub of the year
Your favourite place for a post-walk pint or quality pub grub.
- Clachaig Inn – Glen Coe
- Kirkstile Inn – Loweswater
- Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel – Great Langdale
- Sticklebarn – Great Langdale
- Tan Hill Inn – North Yorkshire
- The Bear Hotel – Crickhowell
- The Malvern Hills Hotel – Malvern
- The Wainwright – Keswick
- The Warren House Inn – Dartmoor
- Wasdale Head Inn – Wasdale
Walkers’ café or restaurant of the year
Anywhere with sit-down dining, from chippies upwards.
- Apple Pie – Ambleside
- Chesters by the River – Ambleside
- Dragonfly Café – Tavistock
- Fellpack – Keswick
- Grindleford Station Café – Peak District
- Helvellyn Country Kitchen – Glenridding
- Little Chamonix Café – Keswick
- Moel Siabod Café – Capel Curig
- Real Food Café – Tyndrum
- The Mountain Café — Aviemore
Hostel or bunkhouse of the year
Casual accommodation catering for muddy boots.
- Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel – NW Highlands
- Elterwater Hostel – Lake District
- Loch Ossian Youth Hostel – Central Highlands
- Saddle Mountain Hostel – Invergarry
- Skiddaw House – Lake District
- YHA Borrowdale Hostel – Lake District
- YHA Coniston Holly How – Lake District
- YHA Kettlewell Hostel – Yorkshire Dales
- YHA Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass – Snowdonia
- Yr Hen Felin – Pwllheli
Campsite of the year
Celebrate excellent locations, friendly staff and great facilities.
- Castlerigg Hall Campsite – Keswick
- Garth Farm – Capel Curig
- Glenbrittle Campsite – Skye
- Great Langdale Campsite – Lake District
- North Lees Campsite – Derbyshire
- Outdoor Alternative – Anglesey
- Pine Trees Caravan and Camping – Tyndrum
- Shieldaig Camping & Cabins – NW Highlands
- Squirrel Wood Campsite and Lodges – Ickornshaw, Yorkshire Dales
- The Quiet Site – Watermillock, Ullswater
Walkers’ app of the year
Anything you use on your mobile device to aid your outdoor adventures.
- Gaia GPS
- Mountain Weather UK
- OS Locate
- OS Maps
- Social Hiking
Outdoor personality of the year
Who has inspired you in 2019?
- Alastair Humphreys – writer, adventurer and Microadventures creator
- Andrew White – outdoor film-maker and broadcaster
- Chris Townsend – outdoor writer and long-distance walker
- Hazel Strachan – multiple bagger of Munro rounds
- Iona Rendall – hillwalker and creator of Iona’s Adventures
- James Forrest – ‘Mountain Man’, adventurer and writer
- Jasmin Paris – record-breaking fellrunner
- Matt Kettlewell – expedition leader and speaker
- Mollie Hughes – high-altitude mountaineer and motivational speaker
- Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja – mountaineer and creator of Project Possible
- Phoebe Smith – outdoor writer and wild camping advocate
- Sarah Jane Douglas – author and Munroist, blogger at ‘Smashing Cancer in the Face’
Outdoor book of the year
Guidebooks, memoirs, novels, photographic books…
- Along the Divide – Chris Townsend
- Another Peak – Alex Staniforth
- Bird Therapy – Joe Harkness
- Extreme Scotland – Nadir Khan
- Father, Son and Return to the Pennine Way – Mark Richards
- Fifty Years of Adventure – Kev Reynolds and others
- Just Another Mountain – Sarah Jane Douglas
- Mountain Man – James Forrest
- My Midsummer Morning – Alastair Humphreys
- Underland – Robert MacFarlane
Campaign or campaigner of the year
Those who stand up, speak out and act on the issues that matter to walkers.
- Alex Staniforth – mental health campaigner
- Chris Packham – environmental campaigner
- Chris Townsend – environmental campaigner
- Friends of the Lake District – conservation charity
- Greta Thunberg – environmental campaigner
- John Muir Trust – wild land charity
- Kate Ashbrook – environmental campaigner
- Katie Tunn – ocean advocate
- Lizzie Carr – environmental campaigner and ocean advocate
- Ordnance Survey – GetOutside campaign
- Save Glen Etive – campaign
- The BMC – Mend Our Mountains campaign
Independent retailer of the year
Retailers who operate independently, with five or fewer stores.
- Braemar Mountain Sports
- Catstycam – Glenridding
- Crickhowell Adventure – Crickhowell
- Cunningham’s Outdoors – Ambleside
- Keswick Boot Company – Lake District
- Needle Sports – Keswick
- Outside – Hathersage
- Taunton Leisure – Taunton
- The Brokedown Palace – Shoreditch, London
- The Outdoor Depot – Church Stretton
- Whalley Warm & Dry – Clitheroe
Chain retailer of the year
Outdoor retailers with six or more stores.
- Cotswold Outdoor
- Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports
- Go Outdoors
- Mountain Warehouse
- Tiso / George Fisher
Online retailer of the year
Your favourite places to buy gear, maps and books online.
Outdoor clothing or equipment brand of the year
Gear brands with consistently high-quality, good-value kit or with commendable customer service.
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.
- Alexander ‘Sandy’ Maxwell, John Muir Trust, “a genuine unsung hero who inspires and connects hundreds of people each year to wildness”
- Corwen Walking Festival Team, for “the amazing effort and work they put in to making the festival a success”
- Edale Mountain Rescue Team, a “fantastic bunch of selfless volunteers”
- Greg and Helen Barclay, Saddle Mountain Hostel, “expert hikers, very welcoming, friendly, helpful, with a library of maps, books and TGO mags!”
- Hyndburn Ramblers, “so welcoming and encouraging”
- Iona Rendall, “for starting a thriving local walking group in Edinburgh to encourage everyone of all abilities to get outside”
- Liz Redmayne of Crag Farm, Ennerdale, “a volunteer with Wild Ennerdale from the beginning, now in her ’80s, Liz still comes out and volunteers regularly”
- Matthew Kettlewell, for “his fundraising and raising awareness for mental health and how the outdoors helps”
- Nirmal Purja and his team from Project Possible, “willingly risking their lives and putting their world-record project on hold to make multiple life-saving rescue attempts on various 8,000m mountains”
- Sarah Jane Douglas, “for her incredible fundraising achievements in aid of Marie Curie”
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