A cycling buddy, Jilly Sherlock, offered me a tipi to stay in for a weekend in the Lake District*. Of course I couldn’t turn down the offer and headed there for a weekend of scrambling, scrumpy and scenery.

I’d not seen Jilly for 3 years, since our paths crossed in Singapore. She returned to the UK a few months after me.

Faced with yielding to old habits and taking a corporate job or doing something leftfield, she chose the latter. Moving to Cumbria to live in a tipi while working for the National Trust.

I wish that I had her courage. When given the choice, I took the corporate option and rue it daily.

Working in a office has given me an appreciation for the outside. I noticed this during my walk from Ambleside to Dungeon Ghyll.

I followed a gravel path through some trees. On my left a wide river ran with crystal clear water. I opened a gate to a field and stood there in awe. The field stretched towards the horizon with mist covered mountains in the distance.

 

The scene made me feel like a hobbit embarking upon a great adventure. That is why you must always choose to tipi.

 

*If you’d like your own tipi adventure in the gorgeous surroundings of Great Langdale then checkout Basecamp Tipi