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“Redundant” Becky sets out to hike the UK’s national parks

PUBLISHED: 08:56 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:50 27 September 2017

Travel writer and photographer Becky Angell of Nottingham is hiking all of the country's national parks. Picture: BECKY ANGELL

Travel writer and photographer Becky Angell of Nottingham is hiking all of the country's national parks. Picture: BECKY ANGELL

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Instead of sitting around at home feeling sorry for herself after losing her job earlier this year, a UK woman has set out on an ambitious plan to hike all 15 of the country’s national parks.

Travel writer and photographer Becky Angell of Nottingham is hiking all of the country's national parks. Picture: BECKY ANGELLTravel writer and photographer Becky Angell of Nottingham is hiking all of the country's national parks. Picture: BECKY ANGELL

Becky Angell of Nottingham will realise her goal when she finishes in the Broads next month.

The 40-year-old decided to hike the country’s parks after her position at a bank was made redundant in June.

Starting out on September 4, she pointed her compass in a northerly direction and has already visited six parks over 18 days.

“There’s a couple of reasons behind why I decided to do this,” she said. “I have previously travelled around the world quite a bit and have been lucky enough to have gone to every continent except Antarctica for now.

Travel writer and photographer Becky Angell of Nottingham is hiking all of the country's national parks. Picture: BECKY ANGELLTravel writer and photographer Becky Angell of Nottingham is hiking all of the country's national parks. Picture: BECKY ANGELL

“While I live in the UK and have done some travel here, I wanted to see more and showcase what it has to offer.”

Ms Angell said she also had a lease car, which she is still paying for.

“I thought I may as well use it while I have it.”

Having undertaken her first solo trip at age 32, she has gone on to visit more than 40 countries across six continents.

Travel writer and photographer Becky Angell of Nottingham is hiking all of the country's national parks. Picture: BECKY ANGELLTravel writer and photographer Becky Angell of Nottingham is hiking all of the country's national parks. Picture: BECKY ANGELL

In 2012 the keen hiker and runner climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

“I used to maximise my leave while still working to take holidays,” she said. “After being made redundant I looked at my options and what I love doing, which is hiking. The national parks are beautiful places to visit so I decided to combine them.”

Hiking distances of between four and 13 miles through the parks, she has been documenting her journey on social media in an effort to showcase as much of the parks as she can.

“I’ve had so many great experiences so far its hard to single out one but summiting Ben Nevis was a highlight.

“The fact that I’ve done it all on my own has also been an achievement. I’ve learnt how to navigate and while I did go the wrong way sometimes I managed to find my way home.”

Ms Angell will set out today to complete hikes in the remaining nine parks and expects to arrive in the Broads on October 18, where she will spend three days.

“It will be my first time visiting the Broads and I am really looking forward to it. I don’t have a route mapped out just yet but am looking at some options.”


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