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Sharon Kennedy

Sharon Kennedy

Calm | Kind | Explorer

Mini Bio

I grew up in Cumbria and was introduced to the Lake District and the mountains of Scotland as soon as I could walk. A lifelong lover of the uplands, a brief stint living in the Fens of East Anglia cemented a need to be surrounded by hills.

I spent nearly 20 years in environmental protection and regulation. After completing my Mountain Leader qualification – just to see if I could – my thoughts soon turned to a full-time career in the outdoors. Leaving desks and senior leadership behind, I haven’t looked back and look forward to many more life-affirming days in rain or shine.

Favourite Place to Play

The Lake District is my home, but every day there brings a new adventure. I am also quite fond of the rugged, heather-clad mountains of the Scottish Highlands and anywhere with exciting geology.

Not a lot of People Know This

I took a career break from my environmental work to run a Lakeland inn on the Coast to Coast trail for two years. I met many amazing people embarking on their adventures.

Qualifications Read More
  • Mountain Leader
  • Rock Climbing Instructor
  • First Aider (2 day outdoor, 3 day FAW)
  • Mental Health First Aider
Experience Read More

I have walked many miles across many mountains in many countries. I love exploring new places, cultures, and traditions.

Since becoming a full-time outdoor adventurer, I have had some fantastic trips in the Lake District, Peak District, and Eryi (Snowdonia).

Biggest Adventure Read More

An expedition to Naya Kanga via the Langtang Valley in Nepal in 2022; a truly amazing experience in a beautiful part of the world.

Specialist Subject Read More

Landscape formation – why this place is the shape it is.

Publications Read More

I have written an article for UK Hill Walking on Exploring the MacFies of Colonsay – find it here.

And I feature quite heavily as a photographic model in Walking the Wainwrights by Graham Uney! Find information about the guidebook here.


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