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Sim Benson


South West

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Specialist Activities

Guidebook writing and photography; features on walking, running outdoor adventure and family adventures.

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Short Biography

I’m the Sim half of Jen & Sim Benson. We love researching, photographing and writing guidebooks about beautiful Britain. We’re passionate about getting outdoors and having amazing adventures and inspiring others to do the same. We’re Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champions, free-range parents and sustainable adventuring advocates and work with many different organisations and publications, promoting the wonders of the great outdoors. Our books include Wild Running, National Trust Amazing Family Adventures, The Adventurer’s Guide to Britain, Day Walks in Devon and Day Walks in Cornwall.

Professional Activities

-Guidebook authors: running, walking, outdoor adventure, family adventure
-Routes Editors and main gear review at Trail Running magazine
-Gear experts for the Ramblers Walk magazine
-Route contributors to Trail and Country Walking magazines
-Regular features in national press
-Ongoing involvement in national family adventure and walking/running projects

Recent Publications

Wild Running (2nd Edition, Wild Things Publishing, 2019)
Day Walks in Cornwall (Vertebrate, 2019)
The Adventurer’s Guide to Britain (Conway, 2018)
Day Walks in Devon (Vertebrate, 2017)
Amazing Family Adventures (National Trust, 2017)
Wild Running (Wild Things Publishing, 2014)

YHA – Run YHA (2014)
The Wildlife Trusts – the art of getting kids outdoors (2015)

Print/online (2014 onwards):
Routes section editing and gear reviews, Trail Running magazine
Main gear reviews in the Ramblers Walk magazine
The Times weekend supplement – Wild Running feature (2014, 2017 and 2019)
The Guardian
Runner’s World magazine
Outdoor Fitness magazine
Rough Guides
Trail Magazine
Adventure Travel magazine
Country Walking magazine


Wild Running selected as one of the Running Awards 2017 books of the year.

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