Sylvia Woodhead is a Chartered Geographer and retired University lecturer, who for many years led student field groups in the Cumbrian countryside for geography, geology and conservation. She has a thorough knowledge of countryside management, heritage landscapes and rural tourism, and strengths in the provision of appropriate information about the countryside. She is a firm believer that the rights of way network is both a part of local heritage and a crucial economic resource. As a user of the countryside she is a keen hill walker and cyclist, both on and off road. She enjoys walking local routes and using public transport to gain access to the countryside. She is a strong supporter of sustainable transport initiatives.
As a geographer she is fascinated by maps and the ways that access is shown. As a previous member of the Local Access Forums of Cheshire and Warrington and the Lake District National Park, she brings a strong background of access work to the Cumbria LAF. She has a strong interest in access to and information about geological sites, and is a member of both the Westmorland and Cumberland Geological Societies, the Ramblers' Association, and several conservation organisations, such as the National Trust, RSPB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Lake District. Sylvia now lives in Lindale, and is looking forward to the prospect of improved access along Cumbria's coastline.