The hard-fought Campaign or Campaigner of the Year award went to Fix the Fells, the partnership organisation whose team of rangers and volunteers repairs and maintains mountain paths in the Lake District. Their volunteers, known as Lengthsmen, also picked up the new ‘Extra Mile’ award.
Other winners included Outside in Hathersage, which won the Independent Retailer Award, The Clachaig in Glencoe which picked up Pub of the Year for the third time, and Andy Beck, who won Book of the Year for The Wainwrights in Colour, a self-published book of paintings depicting all the views in Wainwright’s classic Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.
Shortlists for 10 of the awards were drawn up following nominations by readers of the magazine and members of the public. The winners were then determined by an online public vote.
The Great Outdoors has also presented six gear awards, which were judged by a panel of the magazine’s experts, following submissions from outdoor clothing and equipment brands.
The Great Outdoors Magazine’s Editor, Emily Rodway, said: “Yet again, we have some fantastic winners in this year’s awards – but every individual, product and organisation shortlisted deserves recognition. Together, they represent the best of what’s on offer to outdoor enthusiasts in 2017.
“This has given us a fascinating insight into which outdoor brands Britain’s hillwalkers find most effective, where they go to buy their kit, which pubs and cafés they head to after a day on the hills, and the people and organisations they most admire.
“At the same time, our judges have had a busy few months testing the very best of the year’s new outdoor gear and are delighted to see so much innovation and attention to detail in an exciting collection of lightweight and effective outdoor clothing and equipment, with a focus on sustainability.”
Full coverage of all shortlisted individuals, organisations and products can be found in the January issue of The Great Outdoors, which is published today and can be bought in supermarkets, newsagents and online direct from the publishers by following this link: shop.kelsey.co.uk/issue/list/publication/TGO.
Click here for the complete shortlists
Campaign or Campaigner of the Year
WINNER: Fix the Fells
HIGHLY COMMENDED: John Muir Trust
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The BMC
The Extra Mile Award
WINNER: The Fix the Fells volunteer Lengthsmen
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Llanberis and Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Teams
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Mountain Bothies Association
Outdoor Book of the Year
WINNER: The Wainwrights in Colour by Andy Beck
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Scottish Bothy Bible by Geoff Allan
HIGHLY COMMENDED: There Is No Map in Hell by Steve Birkinshaw
Pub of the Year
WINNER: Clachaig Inn, Glencoe
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dog & Gun, Keswick
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Old Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale
Café or Restaurant of the Year
WINNER: Apple Pie Café & Bakery, Ambleside
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Little Chamonix Café, Keswick
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Mountain Café, Aviemore
Independent Retailer of the Year
WINNER: Outside, Hathersage
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Keswick Boot Company
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Needle Sports, Keswick
Online Retailer of the Year
HIGHLY COMMENDED: www.dash4it.co.uk
HIGHLY COMMENDED: www.aboveandbeyond.co.uk
Chain Retailer of the Year
WINNER: Cotswold Outdoor
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Go Outdoors
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tiso & George Fisher
Personality of the Year
WINNER: Nicky Spinks
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Steve Backshall
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Terry Abraham
Outdoor Gear Brand of the Year
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Alpkit
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Berghaus
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WINNER: Vaude Women’z Zebru UL 3L Jacket
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Berghaus Hyper 100 Jacket
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Fjällräven Abisko Trekking Tights
WINNER: Treksta Guide X5
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Arc’teryx Norvan VT GTX
WINNER: Arc’teryx Bora AR Pack
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Katadyn BeFree
WINNER: Primus PrimeTech Stove Set
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Vaude Invenio SUL 2P
WINNER: Berghaus Hyper 100 Jacket
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Rab Kinetic Plus Jacket
WINNER: Páramo Men’s Velez Jacket
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Vaude The Green Thread
Header image: Fix the Fells. Rangers and volunteers helping to clear pathway drainage on the fells above Grasmere, Cumbria.