Streaming Now: Our Top 12 Outdoor Picks on Netflix

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You love the outdoors, trust us, we get it. If the cold temperatures aren't motivating you to get outside then gather the family around the telly, and enjoy the outdoors in the warmth. We’ve compiled our top 12 favourite outdoorsy picks on Netflix UK at the minute.


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1. The Dawn Wall

Genre: Climbing Documentary

Outdoorsy rating: 9/10

IMDb’s rating: 8.1/10

The Dawn Wall follows renowned climber, Tommy Caldwell and new-found climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson as they attempt to summit El Capitan’s infamous Dawn Wall. Delve into Caldwell’s past and the challenges he’s faced, against all odds, to become the climber he is today. Full of twists and turns, The Dawn Wall is not your straight forward climbing documentary.

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2. Iron Cowboy

Genre: Triathlon Documentary

Outdoorsy rating: 6/10

IMDb rating: 6.5/10

Canadian born James Lawrence, or the Iron Cowboy as he’s also known, holds two equally impressive feats. The first, holding the record for the most half-ironman triathlons in a single year at 22, and the feature of the documentary, the most ironman-length triathlons in a single year, 50. Iron Cowboy follows James as he strives to complete 50 triathlons, in 50 days, in 50 states. Not only facing mental and physical struggles, but also the logistics of touring America with a family and financial pressures.

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3. Icarus

Genre: Cycling Documentary

Outdoorsy rating: 5/10

IMDb rating: 7.9/10

Taking a look into the much-discussed world of doping in cycling, director and producer, Bryan Fogel unearths much more than he bargained for upon meeting Grigory Rodchenkov. Rodchenkov, the head of a Russian anti-doping lab, helps Fogel on his first-hand mission to escape capture when he is drug tested for an amateur cycling race, and finally reveals a Russian state-sponsored Olympic doping programme. This is one documentary that you won’t be able to turn away from.

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4. Our Planet

Genre: Nature Documentary

Outdoorsy rating: 6/10

IMDb rating: 9.4/10

One of the highest regarded picks from IMDb on our list, who can resist a nature documentary narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough? The eight-part documentary series travels across the globe, revealing everything from the Arctic wilderness to the deepest of seas. Our Planet has a captivating combination of beautiful cinematography, endearing narration and an unbelievable perspective on the creatures we share our home with.

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5. Arctic

Genre: Fictional survival film

Outdoorsy rating: 7/10

IMDb rating: 6.8/10

Proclaimed as one of the best survival films ever made, Arctic follows the journey of Overgard after his plane crashes and he is stranded in the Arctic Circle. After finding a cooking stove, food and medicine in the wreckage, Overgard makes an effort to take him and his injured wife to refuge only to encounter a number of threats along the way. Arctic will have you shocked throughout, and only at the end will you know whether they made it out alive…

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6. Mountain

Genre: Documentary Film

Outdoorsy rating: 10/10

IMDb rating: 7.2/10

A documentary film entitled Mountain was something we couldn’t give an outdoorsy rating of less than a 10. Mountain is as dramatic as it is gripping, directed by BAFTA nominated Jennifer Peedom and produced in association with The North Face and The Australian Chamber Orchestra, it is not a documentary to be underestimated. Showcasing some of the world’s highest peaks, Mountain explores the magic that draws us, as humans, to summit such undefinable heights.

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7. You vs. Wild

Genre: Reality TV & Adventure

Outdoorsy rating: 9/10

IMDb rating: 6.8/10

A unique interactive series by Netflix, only seen in a handful of other shows, You vs. Wild is one for all the family to get involved with. An eight-part series sees the iconic adventurer, Bear Grylls take on tough terrain and unforgiving environments to complete missions, all with your help. Aid Bear in making the decisions that will enable his survival, one for those who love a bit of audience participation.

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8. Wild

Genre: Biographical Adventure Film

Outdoorsy rating: 8/10

IMDb rating: 7.1/10

A 1,100-mile expedition of self-discovery, after losing her mother to cancer and spiralling into a depression, Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon) undertakes an ill-prepared hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, along the west coast of America. Throughout her trip Cheryl encounters countless hardships which not only shape her as a person, but make the completion of her journey taste all the sweeter.

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9. Virunga

Genre: Nature Documentary

Outdoorsy rating: 4/10

IMDb rating: 8.3/10

A small team of park rangers fight to protect the fate of endangered mountain gorillas on a UNESCO world heritage site. Faced with the threat of armed militia and poachers, along with a new rebel group, the park rangers and filmmakers of this hard-hitting documentary risk everything to fight for the future of wildlife in the African Congo.

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10. Blue Planet II

Genre: Nature Documentary

Outdoorsy rating: 7/10

IMDb rating: 9.4/10

The sequel to the popular first Blue Planet, David Attenborough once again narrates us through the depths of our oceans. Focussing on both pollution and climate change, Blue Planet II tackles issues facing us today and our seas. Discover new creatures, above and below the waves over seven hour long episodes.

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11. National Parks Adventure

Genre: Nature Documentary

Outdoorsy rating: 10/10

IMDb rating: 7/10

National Parks Adventure displays the beauty of America’s National Parks, featuring incredible cinematography and a compelling narrative into the conception of America’s National Park System. Initially released in 2016, a celebration of the centenary of the National Park Service, it’s an awe-inspiring documentary that makes you want to get outside as soon as you see the credits.

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12. A Plastic Ocean

Genre: Adventure Documentary

Outdoorsy rating: 7/10

IMDb rating: 8/10

Originally created by journalist, Craig Leeson, in search of a blue whale, the documentary takes a contemporary twist when Leeson unearths plastic waste in the ocean. Alongside free diver, Tanya Streeter and a number of scientists and researchers, Leeson travels across the globe in search of answers to the question – how do we protect our oceans?  


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