130 Outdoor Blogs, Instagram & Twitter Accounts You Need To Be Following In 2016
There are so many passionate outdoor lovers that it’s no surprise there are a huge number of blogs, websites and social media profiles set up to wax lyrical about the great outdoors.
However, it can can be quite time consuming trawling the internet to find the best sites and so we’ve done the hard work for you by bringing you 130 of the best outdoor blogs, Instagram and Twitter accounts you need to be following.
The best general outdoor blogs
As the name of this blog suggests, Get Out With The Kids is a great resource for families who love the outdoors. Content includes product reviews, places to go and loads if info on various outdoor activities, including cycling, camping and hiking.
Representing “the modern outdoorswoman”, Dirtbag Darling is run by Johnie Gall who posts amazing photos and articles about her travel adventures. It’s a great looking website too!
Fiona is a huge lover of the outdoors and writes about her various exploits. She also does plenty of kit reviews and general outdoor sport news.
Check out our exclusive interview with Fiona.
Sian Lewis, known as The Girl Outdoors, spends her time writing about her travels, including a travel column for The Independent. Sian has been pretty much everywhere from snowcapped mountains to gorgeous white sandy beaches.
This blog has loads of great walks and photos and, of course, some delicious looking recipes you can either make and take with you or cook when you’re in the outdoors.
Katie Boué has three rules in life – adventure often, live healthy and climb higher – and she certainly practises what she preaches on her fantastic blog, The Morning Fresh.
Dirtbag Diaries is a podcast rather than a blog as such, but it’s still worth a mention. Chronicling stories and tales from the great outdoors, Dirtbag Diaries is like your very own campfire get-together in your headphones.
Play Outside Guide is another great blog for families wanting to get outside more. Well worth a look if you want to get your little ones closer to nature.
The best camping blogs
A lovely looking blog that features some great content about getting outdoors, with some good walk suggestions and product reviews.
Camping Tourist features a wide range of articles, covering just about everything you’d need if you were going camping.
The Camping Guy, also known as Camping Tips and Advice, is another great website dedicated to pretty much just camping. There isn’t an enormous amount of content on there but what is there is pretty useful.
50 Camp Fires call themselves ‘the camping authority’ and it’s hard to argue with them (apart from us, that is). Absolutely loads of great content, including tips, advice and camping recipes. One of the most comprehensive dedicated camping websites out there.
The best hiking and walking blogs
HikersBlog is run by a passionate group of Irish hiking enthusiasts and features some great articles on what gear they’re using and where they’re hiking.
If you’re a dad who likes hiking then you’ll really relate to Hiking Forward. The blog has some fantastic posts and photos and also likes to encourage children to get out and hike, too.
Run by adventurer Michael Lanza, The Big Outside showcases some of America’s best landscapes with some stunning imagery.
Section Hiker is an incredibly comprehensive hiking resource for everyone from beginners to experts. Have a dig around on the blog and you’re sure to find plenty of top hiking tips and advice.
Malcolm Oakley likes to blog about his local area, the South Downs and Dartmoor and the walks in the area. He’s also a great photographer and has an adorable border collie called Dave!
This is a real hiker’s blog and has some really insightful and interesting articles. One that you can really get lost in and well worth a read.
Halfway Hike primarily focuses on walking in the West Yorkshire hills, but there’s also plenty of tales from around other parts of the UK and even abroad. Another hiker with a gorgeous dog, this one called Brodie.
Featuring some of the best countryside the UK has to offer, Nothing But Footprints will really make you want to get out there and wander off the beaten track as we all like to do from time to time.
Many of us don’t get the opportunity to hike in Finland and its surrounding countries, but after reading Hiking in Finland and seeing some of the stunning photos, you’ll want to pack up and head there right away.
Got little ones at home but still want to go hiking? Baby Routes could be the perfect website for you as blogger Kate documents her walks with her little ones, providing details on some great walking routes in the UK.
The Appalachian Trials has some great information for those interested in thru hiking and long distance walking, so is well worth a read if you’re in it for the long haul.
Meanderthals is primarily a series of trail reports for North Carolina, USA, but there’s plenty of other good content on there, including some lovely photographs.
We really like Snowqueen & Scout, partly because it’s owner, Liz, hasn’t always been a big backpacker, showing that anyone can take it up at any time. The ‘Ask Liz’ section has some great info and there are some fantastic photos on there too.
The best climbing blogs
Dave is one of the UK’s foremost climbers and his site is full of fantastic articles, including videos of him climbing and bouldering.
Kev Shields has some great climbing photos on his blog, as well as lots of other great outdoor content.
Some of the climbs Tom Randall has on his site are nothing short of breathtaking and will make most people cringe at how difficult they look!
It seems that, if you’re a climber, you need a greta photographer with you too! For The Love of Climbing has some great pictures of some stunning looking climbs.
Some more awe-inspiring photos! Greg has some great climbs on his blog, including some amazing ice climbing.
If you’re unsure which climbing gear to buy, then Weigh My Rack is well worth checking out, with product reviews of literally hundreds of pieces of climbing kit.
The best Skiing & Snowboarding blogs
Whitelines has absolutely tons of great snowboarding content, including gear reviews, travel guides and industry news. A great place for all things snowboard.
Snow.Guide is a fantastic resource for snowboarders, focusing on boarding destinations around the world, snowboarding gear, and technique, making it a great place for all levels of boarder.
Ski-buzz has some great skiing and snowboarding articles, including snow reports, great holiday destinations and even articles about apres ski.
If you want lots of in-depth info about skiing, places to go, what skiing gear to use, and even about avalanches, then the Backcountry Skiing Blog is definitely one to check out.
The best caravanning & campervan blogs
“I want to live in a van and travel” is what this blogger wanted to do, and that’s exactly what he did! This site has some great posts from all over the world and shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Campervan Living is a great blog, showing that family life and van life can very much intertwine. There are also some reviews of campervans if you’re in the market.
As well as showing where blogger Simon Barlow has been in his van, caravan chronicles also has plenty of practical caravanning advice and gear reviews that might be of interest.
Van Life is like a mini-Instagram, letting van lovers submit their own photos. It also might provide some inspiration if you fancy getting involved in the #vanlife movement.
As well as providing loads of great content and van advice, the Living VANdal also provide vanlife consulting to help you follow in their footsteps.
This is a really great looking blog with some fantastic photos. Greg and Kathleen spent over a year living in a 1969 camper trailer and this is their story, along with various other great outdoor content.
The best travel blogs
Expert Vagabond really does seem to have been everywhere! From camping on an active volcano in Guatemala to shark diving in Fiji, this blog really will give you itchy feet.
Travelling is a lifestyle according to Just One Way Ticket, and they certainly make a case for that. There are a whole host of great articles focusing on countries all over the world. Lots of great content to get lost in.
Chris travels the world on business but manages to sneak some exploring time in there too. Have a read and get jealous that your job (probably) isn’t as fun!
Monkeys & Mountains is a blog designed to help you get more out of your travels, rather than just doing the same old stuff. There’s also a focus on helping wild animals via the site’s Wild Animals Online Book Club!
Travel blogger Becki Enright clearly doesn’t sit still for very long. Take a look at her travels and see where she is in the world right now – she writes some great content, so it’s well worth a read.
Who says having children has to stop you from travelling? Mummy Travels certainly proves that wrong and will hopefully get parents everywhere thinking about where they can take their little ones away.
They don’t lie – they really do seem addicted to adventure with some absolutely amazing articles about the places they’ve been, including down the Amazon and travelling across America on bicycles.
The Young Adventuress has already done more travelling than most of us will do in a lifetime. Some of the places she’s been to and the things she’s done are really quite inspiring, so it’s well worth reading her posts.
This website not only has some great photographs and articles about the places visited, but there’s also lots of good advice for travellers and adventurers.
Whilst the thought of creating a bucket list may seem morbid to some, this blog might change your mind and make you want to make one of your own.
The Planet D is one of the best adventure blogs out there and prove that absolutely anyone can get out there and see the world if they really want to.
There’s nothing ordinary about this blog – quite the opposite, in fact! This site is a brilliant resource for travellers all over the world wanting tips, advice or just to look at the fantastic photographs!
Run by Adventurers Nellie and Alberto, Wild Junket is a great blog for those wanting to read about literally every corner of the Earth. Just check out the map of the places they’ve visited to see just how far flung they have been.
Not only is Green Global Travel a great site for travellers, but it also has a strong focus on ecotourism, wildlife conservation and cultural preservation.
The best outdoor photography blogs
There are some stunning landscapes on David’s blog, including some rather chilly looking mountain tops.
This blog is run by Nick Bramhall and focuses on the mountain ranges of Scotland. There are some fantastic photos that may well make you want to head up north.
This site is fairly self-explanatory but there are some stunning photos on here. The bloggers also aim to be completely zero waste, helping the environment on their travels.
Not only does this site feature amazing photography from all over the world, but there’s also some really helpful advice for photographers young and old alike on how to take the best pictures on their travels.