We’ve received hundreds of nominations for our tenth Reader Awards, and are delighted to reveal the shortlists. Get voting!

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Reading through your nominations has been a special privilege this year. For our tenth annual Reader Awards we decided to launch two new categories, film or filmmaker of the year and the Open Outdoors award, and we received many nominations for them both, highlighting the importance of education, diversity, inclusion – as well as inspiration – in the outdoor community.

Voting is now closed. Thank you to everyone who voted! Winners will be announced soon.

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The shortlists for The 2020 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 2021: the complete shortlists

Walkers’ pub of the year

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

Walkers’ cafe or restaurant of the year

Anywhere with sit-down dining, from chippies upwards.

Hostel or bunkhouse of the year

Casual accommodation catering for muddy boots.

Campsite of the year

Celebrate excellent locations, friendly staff and great facilities.

Walkers’ app of the year

Anything you use on your mobile device to aid your outdoor adventures.

Outdoor personality of the year

Who has inspired you in 2021?

  • Belinda Kirk, for her work bringing out the importance of adventure to mental health
  • Chris Packham, conservationist and presenter
  • Dwayne Fields, presenter, adventurer and naturalist
  • Iain Cameron, snow-patch researcher
  • Impala on trail, long-distance hiker
  • Laura Kennington, for her #Park2Park challenge visiting all 15 of the UK’s national parks
  • Glyn Dodwell, Hillwalking for the Over 60s
  • Hazel Strachan, for showing that women over 50 can do great things in the Scottish hills
  • Mary-Ann Ochota, anthropologist, broadcaster and advocate for wild places
  • Mel Nicholls, currently riding her handcycle around the coast of Britain
  • Mohammed Dhalech, for championing diversity and inclusion in the outdoors
  • Russ Moorhouse, for his mission to sleep on top of all 214 Wainwrights, raising money for MQ Mental Health Research
  • Will Renwick, for successfully running 189 peaks in Wales and raising over £12,000 for Mind Over Mountains

Outdoor book or writer of the year

Guidebooks, memoirs, novels, photographic books and more.

Outdoor film or filmmaker of the year

On the big screen or on YouTube, outdoor films help us connect with the great outdoors even when we can’t be there ourselves.

Campaigner of the year

Inspiring campaigns that matter to walkers on access, conservation, and environment.

The Open Outdoors award

Recognising individuals or groups who have inspired people to head into the outdoors, widened participation, improved outdoor education, or encouraged diversity.

The Extra Mile award

Outstanding voluntary effort helps make a real difference to our experience in the outdoors. The Extra Mile award encompasses rangers, Mountain Rescue teams and personnel, and anyone else who volunteers their time for the benefit of the countryside and other walkers.

  • Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team: “Heroes who have supported so many events and responded to incidents.”
  • Caru Eryri: “A group of over 100 volunteers organised by the Snowdonia National Park Authority and Snowdonia Society who engaged with visitors & lifted over 700kg of litter from the national park in about 10 locations every Wednesday, Friday & every weekend from April to September.”
  • Chris Lewis, Mountain Rescue volunteer: “Poor Chris had a serious fall whilst on a winter call-out during lockdown. He is the mark of why mountain rescue volunteers are heroes.”
  • Edale Mountain Rescue Team: “They are always happy to help someone without judging.”
  • Fix the Fells: “They work so hard in all weather to preserve what we, through our use, are helping to damage. Where would be without them?”
  • Lindsay Buck: “The ‘Wasdale Womble’ deserves to be nominated for her tireless efforts in keeping Scafell Pike clean of rubbish.”
  • Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team: “They get a lot of call-outs and always treat the public with patience.”
  • Mountain Rescue England and Wales: “For having to put up with so much this year!”

Independent retailer of the year

Retailers who operate independently, with five or fewer stores.

George Fisher, Keswick was initially added to this list in error, and has now been removed. We apologise for the mistake.

Chain retailer of the year

Outdoor retailers with six or more stores.

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.

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