This year we received more nominations than ever for our annual Reader Awards, and we’re delighted to reveal the shortlists. Time to vote!
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Every year we receive hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, and in this most unusual year, when many individuals and businesses are feeling the strain, we were pleased to see plenty of new names and inspiring stories among the nominations. The Reader Awards shortlist is diverse and interesting and reflects what our readers truly value in the great outdoors.
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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 by a panel of expert judges.
Reader Awards 2020: the complete shortlists
Walkers’ pub of the year
Your favourite place for a post-walk pint or quality pub grub.
- Ben Nevis Inn, Fort William
- Clachaig Inn, Glen Coe
- Crown Inn, Askrigg, North Yorkshire
- Cwellyn Arms, Rhyd Ddu
- Golden Rule, Ambleside
- Kintail Lodge Hotel, Shiel Bridge
- New Inn, Bwlch
- Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
- Old Post Office, Ingleton
- The Wainwright, Keswick
Walkers’ cafe or restaurant of the year
Anywhere with sit-down dining, from chippies upwards.
- Boat Yard Tea Room, Pontymoile
- Cafe Adventure, Hope
- Corrour Station House Restaurant, West Highlands
- Elaine’s Tea Room, Feizor, near Settle
- Little Chamonix Cafe, Keswick
- Moel Siabod Cafe, Capel Curig
- Mynydd Ddu Tea Rooms, Crickhowell
- Picnic Box, Ambleside
- Quarterdeck Cafe and Bar, YHA Boggle Hole, North York Moors
- Wee Whistle Stop at Loch Torridon Community Hall, Torridon
Hostel or bunkhouse of the year
Casual accommodation catering for muddy boots.
- Newtonmore Hostel, Newtonmore
- The Rocks at Plas Curig, Capel Curig
- Saddle Mountain Hostel, Invergarry
- Torridon Youth Hostel, Torridon
- Ty’n Cornel Hostel, Tregaron
- YHA Black Sail Hostel, Lake District
- YHA Castleton Losehill Hall, Peak District
- YHA Hawes, Yorkshire Dales
- YHA Malham, Yorkshire Dales
- YHA New Forest Hostel, New Forest
- YHA Keswick, Lake District
Campsite of the year
Celebrate excellent locations, friendly staff and great facilities.
- Beryls Campsite, Kingsbridge, Devon
- Blair Castle Caravan Park, Blair Atholl
- Church Stile Campsite, Nether Wasdale
- Great Langdale Campsite, Lake District
- Grouse Hill Camping, Fylingdales, North York Moors
- Gwern Gof Uchaf, Snowdonia
- North Lees Campsite, Hathersage
- The Quiet Site, Watermillock, Ullswater
- The Wildman Woods, Brecon Beacons
- Red Squirrel Campsite, Glen Coe
- Sands Camping Park, Gairloch
Walkers’ app of the year
Anything you use on your mobile device to aid your outdoor adventures.
- Gaia GPS
- Go Jauntly
- Hiiker: Long-Distance Trails
- Hill Lists
- Mountain Weather UK
- OS Locate
- OS Maps
Outdoor personality of the year
Who has inspired you in 2020 – and who deserves to be recognised? This could be a figurehead with a longstanding commitment to the outdoors or anyone who’s achieved something extraordinary this year.
- Debbie North, Access The Outdoor Guide
- Donnie Campbell, for his fastest Munros round
- Glyn Dodwell, Hillwalking for the Over 60s
- Hazel Strachan, multi-Munroist and bivvy specialist
- Kevin Woods, for his winter Munros round
- James Michael Forrest, ‘Mountain Man’
- Jesse Dufton, ‘Climbing Blind’
- Lee Craigie, Active Nation Commissioner
- Lindsay Buck, the ‘Wasdale Womble’
- Quintin Lake, for his UK perimeter long-distance hike
- Zahrah Mahmood, ‘Hillwalking Hijabi’
Outdoor book of the year
Guidebooks, memoirs, photographic books, and even outdoor-oriented novels are all valid.
- Diary of a Young Naturalist, Dara McAnulty
- Never Leave the Dog Behind, Helen Mort
- Rewild Yourself: 23 Spellbinding Ways to Make Nature More Visible, Simon Barnes
- Swimming Wild in the Lake District, Suzanna Cruickshank
- Terry Abraham: Life on the Mountains, Terry Abraham
- The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us, Nick Hayes
- The Big Rounds: Running and walking the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Charlie Ramsay, David Lintern
- The Unremembered Places: Exploring Scotland’s Wild Histories, Patrick Baker
- To Live: Fighting for life on the killer mountain, Élisabeth Revol
- Wanderland, Jini Reddy
- Winter 8000: Climbing the world’s highest mountains in the coldest season, Bernadette MacDonald
Campaign or campaigner of the year
Those who stand up, speak out and act on the issues that matter to walkers, from conservation champions to access heroes.
- Alex Staniforth, Mind Over Mountains campaign
- BMC, #NoMoorBBQs campaign
- Dan Raven-Ellison, Slow Ways campaign
- Dwayne Fields and Phoebe Smith, #WeTwo Foundation
- Mountaineering Scotland, Tak It Hame campaign
- Ramblers, Don’t Lose Your Way campaign
- Rhiane Fatinikun, Black Girls Hiking
- Samantha Rutt, campaigning for Blackdog Outdoors
- #saveyouroutdoorcentres campaign
- Trash Free Trails
Independent retailer of the year
Retailers who operate independently, with five or fewer stores.
- Arran Active, Arran
- Braemar Mountain Sports, Braemar
- Castleberg Outdoors, Settle
- Catstycam, Glenridding
- Countryside Ski and Climb, Stevenage
- Gaynor Sports, Ambleside
- Inglesport, Ingleton
- Joe Brown, Capel Curig
- Needle Sports, Keswick
- Outside, Hathersage
- The Epicentre, Ambleside
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.
The extra mile award
Recognising 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.
- Captain Sir Thomas Moore: “For showing everyone in the country that lockdown is not the end of the world. By showing how easy it is to get outside and enjoy some simple exercise, he also raised millions for the NHS charities.”
- Community Rights of Way Service, Calderdale: “A group of 25 dedicated volunteers who maintain paths and bridleways in Calderdale, in the beautiful South Pennines. Local government cutbacks mean the authorities haven’t the resources to maintain paths, stiles, and gates, but these volunteers do the work themselves in conjunction with the authorities. Some are ex-full-time countryside service staff, who love their work so much they now do it as a labour of love.”
- Dr Catherine Flitcroft: “Cath is the BMC’s access and conservation officer for policy. She is little known by hillwalkers and climbers, even many BMC members, but works with many other outdoor recreational bodies to champion the interests of hillwalkers and mountaineers, lobbying government and other bodies in our interests.”
- Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team: “All of Britain’s Mountain Rescue teams deserve this award, especially during this year, when the risks of the pandemic add another dimension of personal sacrifice on top of what they do already. But because the Llanberis team – with Snowdon on the doorstep – are Britain’s busiest, recording over 200 incidents in 2019, I have nominated them.”
- Paul Howlett, YHA: “Every year he challenges himself to do bonkers fundraising missions. Currently he is preparing to complete the Three Peaks in aid of Blackpool Carers Centre. Paul being Paul he can’t just leave it at that; he is doing it with Big Ted (a gigantic stuffed bear) strapped to his back. At the start of lockdown Paul cycled 29,030 feet (the equivalent of mount Everest) in fancy dress and raised a fantastic £1160 for Blackpool Carers Centre.”
- Rory Southworth: “Rory got people involved in a series of outdoor-inspired lockdown challenges. In addition to never-ending outdoor challenges and inspiration, he is shining a light on people from ethnic minorities doing good things outdoors.”
- Scotland’s Countryside Rangers: “Your typical Countryside Ranger does it all with a smile, despite the growing pressures on them to provide an excellent service while a lack of appreciation from higher powers is shown time and time again through Ranger job losses and drastic cuts – all in a time when, more than ever before, more Rangers are needed!”
- Summitfit: “For their work supporting people with mental health issues to access the outdoors for walking and development of mindfulness skills.”
- Tom Richardson, part time in Outside shop, Hathersage: “Tom has so much knowledge to offer based on his years of experience. He leads expeditions to the high mountains, so can advise on that aspect, but he’s approachable and happy to chat about your own adventures and the best kit to buy for that. So many times, I’ve gone into the shop after researching products to talk about a specific item and he’s come up with alternatives that may work better or cost me less. His advice is always welcome. Despite all his incredible achievements and experiences in the mountains, he’s one of the most friendly and humble people you could wish to meet. Every outdoor shop should have a Tom!”