Stephanie Boon hiking on the South West Coast Smiling at the camera.

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The sun is rising just over a headland and the rays are lighting up a small, low tent in the foreground. The sky is pink behind some iconic shaped rocks and the whole scene is dreamy and serene,

Dreams Of A Lifetime

Have you got a bucket list? I reckon you should have!

My ever-evolving bucket list fills me with excitement when I look at it –  but more than that it gives me focus and purpose

Looking at my list at the start of a new year is just the best because it’s so full of promise. Everything’s ripe for the picking! And once I’ve picked something, I get planning. Then I get doing. And then, finally, I revel in the ticks ✓ and amazing memories.

Find out what adventures and bucket list hikes I completed in 2021 and follow the links below to help you plan some adventures of your own. What would you add?

PS Have you ever thought about making your bucket lists public? Here’s why I published my bucket list (and how it really helps me). Head on over when you’ve finished up here!

 

UK Hiking

I'm all smiles sitting on top of a concrete plinth with a plaque that marks the start of Offa's Dyke Path. My big backpacking rucksack is on the ground and I'm wearing shorts and a long sleeve tee shirt - ready to get working on my big hiking bucket list item of 2021!

Setting off on the Offa’s Dyke Path 177 mile trail

  • Solo hike all UK long-distance national trails (5/15: 925/2,500 miles):
  • Solo hike Scottish trails:
    • Great Glen Way
    • Southern Upland Way
    • Speyside Way
    • Cape Wrath Trail
  • Explore the UK’s 15 National Parks (9/15 visited):
  • Walk on Skye and other Scottish Islands
  • Walk the Devon/Cornwall border along the Tamar
  • Two Moors Way
  • Striding Edge/Swirral Edge, Helvellyn, Lake District
  • Wainwright’s Coast To Coast, Lake District
  • Take part in an LDWA challenge walk
  • Winter hiking in snowy mountains

World Hiking

Hiking the Inca TraMemories of a big hiking bucket list item: Me standing at the top of a high mountain pass on the Inca Trail. I'm wearing waterproof hiking clothes, smiling at the camera with magnificent mountains behind.

The top of Dead Woman’s Pass – the highest mountain pass on the Inca Trail (4,215m/13,828 ft), Peru (a massive bucket list item!).

  • Hike The Inca Trail ✓
  • AT, PCT, CDT (USA) – at least one of them!
  • John Muir Trail, USA
  • Camino de Santiago Spain
  • TMB France
  • GR20 Corsica
  • Kungsleden Sweden
  • Te Araroa New Zealand
  • Trek through South America
  • Trek in Nepal

Other Adventures

I'm sitting on the cliff tops eating a meal from a metal pot on a bright summer's day.

Solo hiking on the South West Coast Path

  • Run a coastal ultra marathon (28 miles) ✓
  • Invent and complete my own adventures and challenges ✓
  • Solo wild camping ✓
  • Via Ferrata
  • See the Aurora Borealis
  • See a moving glacier
  • Visit some of the US National Parks
  • Stay in a Scottish bothy with an open fire
  • Ziplining
  • Kayaking ✓ (Florida)
  • Abseiling ✓ (down a building)
  • Paddleboarding
  • White water rafting
  • Whale watching

Life Goals

I'm seen from behind (long curly hair down my back), sitting on the cliffs sketching.

Sketching on the South West Coast Path

  • Run a business (14 years) ✓
  • Run a business (again)
  • Train as a Lowland Leader
  • Train as a Hill and Moorland Leader
  • Create a library of women’s hiking stories
  • Raise money for charity ✓
  • Volunteer (Wildlife Trust) ✓
  • Guest on podcasts ✓
  • Become a speaker
  • Write and publish a book
  • Publish articles ✓
  • Study fine art (BA & MA) ✓
  • Study PGCE ✓
  • Sell/exhibit artwork ✓
  • Sell/exhibit artwork (again)
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