Amanda was born and grew up in London, but caught the hill walking bug after taking part in Ten Tors in 1977. She then spent the next 12 years escaping whenever possible to the Lake District, Peaks, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, whilst trying to find a suitable job in the South West so that she could get back to Dartmoor. In 1989 she finally made the move to South Devon and now lives with her family near Newton Abbot. A career change 15 years ago took Amanda into teaching Geography and Outdoor Education, where she has great fun exploring everywhere from the local area with the youngest children to parts of Africa with the older ones, and all via Dartmoor with as many youngsters as possible. Dartmoor offers a never-ending supply of outdoor experiences and no matter how familiar it is, there is always something new to discover and share. Amanda is also an Assistant Scout Leader with a very active group and helps to run bush-craft activities and frequent hike camps throughout the UK as well as regular trips to the Swiss Alps. Amanda joined Moorland Guides in 2012.