Booting Up

A week in proximity to the Mournes (and also in a house that was walking distance to a town centre) has reminded me how little real walking I do generally, whether of the yomping up hills variety, or the popping out to the shops kind. It’s also reminded me that I used to quite like yomping up hills (and, indeed, popping out to the shops), but being fit on the bike doesn’t necessarily translate into easy hillwalking, especially on uneven surfaces.

So now that we’re home, and with a nice mild December day in prospect, we decided to go for a walk.

Two walks, actually – we cut our first coastal one short because lunch was calling. Having found ourselves a cafe of the ‘all day breakfast’ variety (often the best kind) we tried an inland one as well.

All in all, a very pleasant outing and a nice change. I’m a bit ambivalent about the whole idea of going for a drive in order to go for a walk, but we’re rather short of options around here otherwise. There are a few short walks we can do out of our front door, but anything longer would require walking along the B road, an even less appetising prospect than cycling along it. Clearly further investigation is needed to find some local accessible hills and get more walking in in 2019.


6 Responses to Booting Up

  1. Dean says:

    You do realise you’re free to walk across *any* fields in Scotland, including those with animals or crops in them, and even ones that have barbed wire fences enclosing them? No permission necessary!

  2. disgruntled says:

    @Dean – yes, it’s just that doesn’t always make for a very good walk

  3. Charles says:

    Somerset has the same problem, surrounded by inaccessible countryside or dangerous roads. We have to take the car to two of our jogging routes which does rather spoil things. I can see a move to a house with pavements and possibly a shop in the mid term. I will have to see which plants will move, but I really dislike people who strip a garden, better to leave a record of who you were in the soil and maybe spirit of the place. As poached from the Durrells.

  4. disgruntled says:

    Pavements and a shop feel like a city break to us

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