BAME walking and outdoors groups
If our Black History Month podcast episode has inspired you to take your first steps into the wilderness, this list of UK-based groups run by and for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities might help you connect with like-minded adventurers.
Realising the healing powers of nature, Marlon Patrice set up 'We Go Outside Too' – a Birmingham-based group that aims to help young people from the local black inner-city community to experience beauty and sense of freedom.
Wild in the City support wellbeing through relationship with nature in London and beyond. They offer experiences in hiking, woodland living skills, natural history, ecotherapy and more.
Founded in 2019, Black Girls Hike provides a safe space for black women to explore the outdoors and reconnect with nature. They host nationwide group hikes, outdoor activity days and training events, and work to tackle the lack of inclusion and representation in the outdoor industry.
BTR is a community and campaigning group that seeks to increase the inclusion, participation and representation of black people in trail running, whether they live in the Lake District or central London.
Steppers UK supports BAME communities to build positive relationships with the outdoors. They are based in the Midlands but lead walks regionally, and hope to branch out into other activities such as rock climbing, surfing and bushcraft.
Flock together is a birdwatching collective for people of colour. They host monthly birdwatching walks for their growing community, everywhere from remote forests to city parks.
Boots & Beards is a Glasgow-based organisation which focuses on working with local BAME communities to improve their health, and widen access to the natural environment.
All the Elements hosts a comprehensive directory of inclusive outdoors individuals, groups and organisations working to create change.
Episode 101: Black hiking