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Check­ing in... He­len Glover

Olympic rower

- TA­MARA HIN­SON

FAVOURITE COUN­TRY?

GREAT Bri­tain. I just love the va­ri­ety — from coast­lines and wood­lands to moors and rivers, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. If I were forced to choose some­where abroad it would prob­a­bly be Aus­tralia. I adore the out­door life­style there.

FAVOURITE HO­TEL?

THE Karma Ho­tel on St Martin’s on the Isles of Scilly (pic­tured). The staff are so friendly.

MOST MEM­O­RABLE VIEW YOU TREA­SURE?

THE first trip my hus­band (Steve Back­shall) and I did to­gether. It was to Morzine in France. We h i ke d up a moun­tain first t hing in t he morn­ing, and the clouds were be­low us, with th­ese fan­tas­tic blue skies above. We could see the peaks of other moun­tains pop­ping out of the clouds, and there was no­body else in sight.

WHAT DO YOU NEVER TRAVEL WITH­OUT?

MY PATAG­O­NIA coat. It’s light enough to carry, but dou­bles up as the per­fect pil­low.

EAR­LI­EST HOLIDAY MEM­ORY?

WITH my fam­ily, camp­ing in France. I re­mem­ber my first taste of free­dom, cy­cling around and ex­plor­ing.

WORST PLACE YOU’VE SPENT THE NIGHT?

WHEN I was 14 I went on Scout camp and we de­cided to wild camp in the woods one evening. Af­ter build­ing the most pa­thetic den imag­in­able I woke up in the night to tor­ren­tial rain, a river run­ning through my shel­ter and dead torch bat­ter­ies.

WHERE DID YOU GO FOR YOUR LAST BREAK?

THE Isles of Scilly. The des­ti­na­tion is re­ally spe­cial to me. I’m an am­bas­sador for the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and I’m keen to en­sure it re­mains a hub for wildlife. We went kayak­ing there and seals were pop­ping up all around us.

MOST MEM­O­RABLE NIGHT OUT ABROAD?

IT HAS to be Rio. Af­ter the Olympics row­ing f i nal in 2016, a cel­e­bra­tory night out ended on Copaca­bana beach, where we watched the sun come up. A drunken vol­ley­ball game took place, too.

WHAT’S YOUR BUCKET LIST DES­TI­NA­TION?

TONGA. I would love to free dive with the hump­back whales.

WHAT’S ONE TYPE OF HOLIDAY YOU’D NEVER TAKE?

I RARELY choose a holiday where I sit still. Mine are al­ways fo­cused on the out­doors.

He­len is sup­port­ing Cotswold Out­door’s Sound On cam­paign, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to spend more time in na­ture and en­joy the sounds of the out­doors (cotswold­out­door. com/soundon).

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