I didn’t realise our trig pillars turned 80 years old this year. Their construction began in 1936 as part of a comprehensive remapping exercise across the UK. It was a mammoth task, which resulted in 6,500 pillars being installed, often in incredibly remote and inaccessible areas. Continue reading Trig Pillars→
“Every place we had walked through now meant something to me. I was seized with an overwhelming sense of achievement and, more surprisingly, possession. Somehow all those long miles were now my property, all those places exclusively personalised.”
From Shally Hunt’s account of her walk around the coast of Britain with her husband, in her book The Sea on our Left.
Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.
I have a Garmin device and use it to log my routes and mileage covered on my walks.
Keeping tabs on your mileage is a great way to keep yourself motivated. My crazy triathlon daughter encouraged me to use Strava instead of the Garmin Connect site because Strava seems friendlier and easier to navigate, and because she uses it too. Continue reading Strava MTS→
Yesterday I complete the 21 mile Five Valleys’ Walk, organised by the charity Meningitis Now.
I had never walked such a distance before, and chose to do this particular walk because the charity provides plenty of check points, food and drink, and buses back to base if you are too tired to continue.