Yomping Adventures –

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

21 thoughts on “Yomping Adventures –”

  1. Wine + walking… that seems like a great combination! You are lucky to be surrounded by some very beautiful scenery in your area. I agree that simply getting outdoors and getting a little exercise (along with some fresh air) can do wonders for one’s mental state.

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    1. Wine and walking is indeed a great combination – it’s amazing the energy it gives you!

      We are indeed lucky where we live, although the village we live in is semi-rural. In most directions from our house it doesn’t take long to get to some decent countryside – which is a great, as I do love getting outside. I agree, it does wonders for your mental state – especially if you work in an office or such like and spend all day indoors.
      Thanks for the comment – always appreciated!

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  2. Hi Stuart! I enjoyed that! I’ve been reading some of Ali’s posts and it’s been neat seeing your two perspectives. This reminded me of Elizabeth Bennett, yomping around the countryside back in the day and made me long for the time without cars! We’re planning a thru-hike across Arizona this Fall and are trying to put on some miles to prep our hiking legs. You’ve inspired us! Your pictures are just beautiful! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for taking the time to look through Alli’s blog (and the shout out), she’s really happy that you like it.

      I’d love to spend time away from cars (which is interesting if you think of what my blog is about). As much as I love driving and exploring in Ratty, Being out in the countryside and not being able to hear traffic is wonderful. I love walking, It never ceases to amaze me how far you can actually travel on foot. (Love the Elizabeth Bennett ref – I can can see what you mean).
      Thanks for the compliment on the photos – I am trying to get better and it’s always nice to get feedback.

      Cheers!

      Stuart

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      1. I love that Ratty is in partnership with you – getting you to various starting points. It’s a cool idea. I always enjoy your posts. You write and photograph with passion and it comes through with the things you share. Thank you!

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  3. You’re quite right! Though in my case I’m not sure about the pub-stop mid-way – after a couple pints of Olde Throatgrabber, it would take an effort to get me back on the trail; best at the end in my case. I also find circular walking an inevitable consequence of poor map reading 🙂

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    1. lol!!!! Well I did say wine and not ale! I think I’d be the same after a pint or two as well, especially if there’s a fire going. (Odle Throatgrabber’s a good name actually).

      It’s funny how many of our walks do have a pub towards the end – and at the start as well. Walking in a circle does have it’s advantages!

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    2. Cheers to walking –
      My husband and some his pals are doing a walk in March challenge – where the workout of everyday is a pleasant walk!
      And I enjoyed yours hear today. Also good idea to park the car and just get out there and do the body a favor – the bones get stronger and the mind clears – with a little vino 😊

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    1. Thank you John for stopping by and the kind words – I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s been my intention from the start to celebrate our wonderful country and the places in it – so it’s nice to know I’m doing something right! 🙂

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  4. I love walking in the country but, as I’m the only driver, sadly no beer! Circular walks usually, between 3-7 miles. Modest, compared to yours, but it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, away from the distractions of modern life.

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