How a trip to Nepal changed a Sheffield woman’s life

2 May 2019

A Sheffield hiker has started a women’s only walking group called Her on a Hill after a ‘life changing’ trip to Nepal.

Clare Kelly, 54, from Greystones, had been living a ‘fairly sedentary life in the 90s’, living and working in London, until her friend invited her on a trek to Nepal.

Clare said: “In Nepal I struggled day after day, up and down the trails cursing and sweating. But then the mountains worked their magic – I was hooked on walking and on Nepal.”

Within a year after the trip, Clare was so enamoured with walking that she started saving her money and was off on an 18 month world trip, doing as much walking as she possibly could.

“Nepal was an experience that changed my life and led me to the path of founding Her on a Hill,” Clare added.

Clare has now 20 years of guide walking experience and started Her on a Hill in March, this year in a bid to get more women outdoors and active, regardless of their ability.

“You don’t have to be super fit just to enjoy the outdoors, we encourage women of all abilities,” Clare added.

Clare Kelly hosting a navigation course.

Her on a Hill offers UK, Ireland and European walking holidays, navigation courses, guided walks and workshops, long haul holidays and bespoke holidays.

Clare’s mission is to inspire other women by making them feel welcomed and happy.

Many of Her on a Hill members have said to Clare that ‘walking with a group of women has made a difference to their lives’.

Clare added: “I have helped many women gain the confidence to go out and explore all on their own.

“A number of them have also gone on to become qualified walking leaders and now earn a living from it.”

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Written by Lauren Wilks

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