Braunton woman receives sponsorship from Ordnance Survey to champion the great outdoors.

A North Devon-based adventurer has been selected as one of 15 people to champion Britain as an ‘outdoorsy and adventurous’ nation.

Tor McIntosh, from Braunton, was named a #GetOutside champion by Ordnance Survey (OS) as part of its new project.

Tor, who runs adventure travel firm, Slow Adventure Company, said: “As a lifelong outdoors enthusiast I’m renowned within my circle of friends, family and colleagues for my adventures in the great outdoors, whether on foot, by bike or any other form of human-powered transport.

“As a result of my passion and enthusiasm for being active outdoors I’ve inspired many of my circle to dust off their walking boots or clean their bikes and head outdoors.”

Ordnance Survey launched the #GetOutside after conducting research that showed walking to be on the decline with British people.

The results suggested a quarter of the British public won’t walk anywhere that takes more than 15 minutes and 70 per cent never walk to the shops.

Steve Backshall, OS ambassador, said: “Britain is one of the most beautiful and interesting countries to discover and explore. It really is amazing.

“Throughout six million years of evolution we’ve been outside. We are outdoor animals.

“In the last few decades we have had more of a sedentary lifestyle, although we haven’t changed much psychologically and physically.”

Tori and her fellow champions will get a £200 cash sponsorship, exclusive access to OS products before anyone else and will take part in product trials.