Greetings Fellow Adventurers!
OK, so not exactly the famous Royal Marines’ yomp across the Falklands, but when we get the chance, my wife and I love nothing better than to lace up our walking boots and head off into the quiet open spaces in search of adventures!
Although we generally follow circular routes, often guided by widely available guide books, recently we’ve started to walk linear routes to a destination (e.g. my mother-in-law’s house). We’ll jump into the Ratmobile and drive to the start point, dumping him there to be picked up later. Also, as much our children love walking, and are very capable walkers – on these outings I’m afraid to say they do get left with their grandmother! I find walking is a superb way to spend some much needed quality time alone with my wife – it’s good for the soul.
These point to point walks are often 10 miles plus and have been up to 17 (and we’d like to do some longer). Using the excellent Ordnance Survey Explorer maps we plan the routes in advance, trying to take in some places of interest (especially historical) and most importantly a decent pub along the route – it’s amazing how wine helps with walking!
There is something rather magical about actually walking to a destination, especially over a long distance. It reconnects us with the world around us and to the past – where our long lost ancestors would travel everywhere like this. One day I’d love to travel in their footsteps along some of the ancient long-distance footpaths we have in the UK.
The most recent walk took us twelve miles across the rolling landscapes of South Northamptonshire and North Oxfordshire, taking in churches, abandoned medieval villages and lovely local pubs (and wine) as we went.
It’s a brilliant way to spend time alone together and I recommend you try give walking a go (be it linear or circular) for yourselves. We have some of the best mapping in the world in this country and it’s a shame people don’t make more use of it (we have a stack of OS maps in the house). If you’re not confident enough to plan a route with a map – then there are heaps of guided walk books available to cover all sorts of abilities, interests and areas – I’ll be reviewing some our favourites in future posts along with describing some of the walks – so please do keep a look out if you’re interested.
You don’t need a bobble hat, flare gun or ski poles to do it, just a stout pair of boots and a thirst to explore – so get out there an get yomping!
Farewell my friends!
P.S. Please do take a look at the post my wife made about this walk on her blog here. It’s rather excellent – she writes much better than I do.