Nominations for The Great Outdoors Awards 2017 are open. Have you made your nominations yet?
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. If you’ve experienced excellent customer service at your local outdoor shop, if you’ve read a brilliant new walking book, or if you want to recognise someone who goes the extra mile for the benefit of others, now is the time to let us know.
Our awards are unique. They are the biggest reader-nominated and reader-voted awards covering outdoor subjects in the UK, which gives our readers a unique opportunity: to make their voices heard about the organisations, people and places that have made a difference to them in 2017.

Images from the Awards 2016 event in Kendal

The categories

Here are the categories in the reader awards:

1/ Walkers’ pub of the year

Name your favourite place for a post-walk pint or for quality pub grub.

2/ Walkers’ café or restaurant of the year

Can include anywhere with sit-down dining, from chippies upwards.

3/ Campaign or campaigner of the year

Those who stand up, speak out and act on the issues that matter to walkers.

4/ Outdoor personality of the year 

Could be a figurehead with a longstanding commitment to the outdoors or anyone who’s achieved something extraordinary this year. 

5/ Outdoor book of the year 

Guidebooks, memoirs and even outdoor-orientated novels are all valid.

6/ Independent retailer of the year

Retailers who operate independently, with five or fewer stores.

7/ Chain retailer of the year

Outdoor retailers with six or more outlets.

8/ Online retailer of the year

Your favourite places to buy gear, maps and books online.

9/ Outdoor clothing or equipment brand of the year 

Gear brands with consistently high-quality, good-value kit or with commendable customer service. 

And NEW for 2017:

10/ The extra mile award 

This new category recognises 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. 

To nominate in any of the categories above, simply click here:

Nominations close on 25 September. Voting for the reader awards will take place online from 28 September to 9 November. Shortlists for the gear awards will be published in the November issue of the magazine, and awards will be handed out at our annual Awards Night at the Kendal Mountain Festival.


Are you reading this from within the trade? Click here to access the gear awards. Nominations for the gear awards close on 31 August.