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In an interview with the Telegraph recently, I was asked what drives me. And I realised that the one thing that always, always lifts my spirits, makes me feel good and alive and whole, is getting off the tarmac and into the fresh air. 

People are happier when they spend time in nature. We learn differently, we think differently. We grow. Bottom line is that we evolved to be outside animals. People need wild places.

It can be a mountain, or the sea, or even the patchworks of ancient fields in Devon, or gentle vistas in the Chilterns.

Perhaps with a bit of wild camping, perhaps a horse ride or a canoe or a swim or a spot of orienteering (any excuse to get off the path!), or a chance to explore the archaeology of a place.

Ideally with a pal and Harpo, my canine sidekick.

WINTER TRIP:  Cairngorms, Scotland, for a Winter Skills course with Glenmore Lodge, learning to use ice axe, crampons and good technique to stay safe and enjoy the frozen glories of Winter! See what I got up to:

Telegraph Winter Skills offer a range of winter and summer mountain, paddlesport and other skills course, guided trips and leadership development. Amazing location, great food, top class instructors. I really can't recommend them highly enough.