About


This blog is just a hobby I do in my spare-time and to win the Go Outdoors Best Independent Blog 2015 was quite surprising and I was chuffed to bits. To know people enjoy your stuff motivates me to keep the blog going!


About The Hiking Photographer, or rather Stuart Hodgson - the fella who produces this blog :-)


I've been into hiking for a number of years - but only recently have I started documenting my adventures in more detail on this blog. I'm no mountaineering expert - just someone who enjoys walking amongst stunning natural landscapes, but I guess I'm becoming a bit more experienced as time goes by and I explore different and more challenging routes. The main reason I produce the blog is to try and inspire others to get outside (especially those who haven't done many walks), by introducing some of my favourite walking routes and best views and to try and make it easier for people to follow in my footsteps and complete some of the walks I blog about and experience first hand some impressive places - with the added benefit of getting some fresh air and a bit fitter too!

As you can imagine it's quite rewarding when you get positive feedback off other people, and some of the most rewarding feedback for me is when I hear people have visited new places because of this blog or even got the bug for walking. It was also chuffed to bits when this blog was voted Go Outdoors Best Independent Blog 2015 by regular people like you who read blogs such as mine!


Why I set up this blog:


I set-up this blog to give me an outlet to share two big passions of mine; photography & walking/hiking, hence the name which seemed rather to obvious not to use – The Hiking Photographer :) I've been interested in photography for yonks, and have also loved walking in the outdoors for as long as I can remember - and so I decided to combine the two passions in the form of this blog which I do in my spare time.

As I have got more and more into this hobby, and received positive feedback, things have just grown and grown. My blog is by no means an extensive list of all walks in a given area (that's a long way off) - but I'm adding to it as often as I can and visiting lots of new places. By setting up the blog and documenting my outdoor adventures it has brought more focus and effort to my photography, and the positive feedback I have got from people reading my blog has encouraged me to want to get out and about more often, visit new places, document my travels and inturn sharpen my photography skills.

Why I enjoy hiking & the great outdoors so much!

I guess the reason I enjoy hiking so much is that it combines a lot of positive benefits for me: I get a buzz off seeing such amazing natural scenery; It's good exercise - so keeps me fit; I usually go walking with friends & family - so it's a great way of socialising and catching up with people; I usually do a new walk every time - so I get to see lots of new places; Often there are no phone signals in the wilds - so it's a good chance to digitally unplug from the world and get away from it all; And finally the fresh air, natural surroundings, sweeping vistas, and awesome views are a good tonic for the mind! No other hobby for me contains as many benefits. As mentioned a big reason I blog is to try and introduce the outdoor activities I enjoy to a bigger audience in the hope that it inspires others to want to get out there and experience the great outdoors & it's benefits for themselves, and visit some of the spectacular places I have been fortunate to visit & blog about. If you have seen any of my posts and it inspires you to visit somewhere - let me know.


What places I blog about:


I live in the North-East of England, so most of my blog posts cover areas close to me, such as North-Yorkshire, The Lake District & Northumberland. But there will be the odd post from further afield. On some blog posts I have tried to document my favourite walks/routes quite extensively to provide information and help others walk a similar route, these include quite a few photos and a route map. Other blog posts are less documented or just shorter walking routes, with the aim to just showcase impressive views and photographs from certain spots. As I'm an outdoor enthusiast - I will also blog now and again about other semi-related stuff like Skiing trips etc. And as hiking and camping involves the use of quite a bit of kit - I'll also post the odd gear review of stuff I recommend or find useful.



It's currently just a hobby!

The blog is just a hobby I do in my spare time, and has grown in popularity as I've put more time into it. I plan to expand the blog with many more walking routes and documented wild camps, and I also aim to devote more time to review gear of use to photographers and hikers/wild campers. It would also be good to link up with other complimentary platforms, magazines and the like, and I've currently had images published in Trail Magazine. If you would like to get in touch or have any potential opportunities - just give me an email at hello@stuart-hodgson.com


Other stuff I do:

As for a bit more about me and my interests, well I'm a professional graphic designer and that's how I earn a living (and fund my hikes/equipment). I'm also the man behind the 'Leaflet Guru' website which provides one of the best quality leaflet/flyer design and print services around even if I do say so myself - visit www.leafletguru.co.uk to find out more. If you ever have the need for any design related work - please bear me in mind (shameless plug :-)

I'm also interested in other creative things like Graphic Art, Urban Photography & Vidography - I guess I'm just creative by nature! If you want to see more of my work and samples - check out www.stuart-hodgson.com



Get in touch

If you would like to get in touch about anything - feel free to drop me an email at hello@stuart-hodgson.com

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2 comments

  1. So pleased that I stumbled upon this webpage. The photography is stunning and the information regarding hikes/walks is invaluable. I’ve only recently moved to Cumbria but I absolutely cannot wait to get out and about and see these beautiful places for myself.
    Thank you, Stuart.

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    1. Thanks Donna - glad you are finding the blog useful in your recent move to Cumbria - it’s a great part of the world :-)

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