I’ve long been a fan of walking. Whether it’s hillwalking in the mountains of my beloved Scotland, the flaneur of strolling the city streets on dusky evenings, walking for health or walking for a cause (like when I did the Moonwalk a couple of years ago), there’s sometime so nice, so therapeutic, about putting one foot in front of the other and going for a bimble.
Now the spring is on its way here in London and I am keen to plan some walks here and there. Perhap not for today though, as it’s currently pouring down outside!
I cannot stand wet feet!
However, there is something to be said for planning walking jaunts while curled up cosy inside, listening to the pitter-patter-sploosh of rain on tiles. I like to find places I’d like to walk, but of course also have mad love for just popping on a pair of walking boots and heading out the door – Hackney and Leyton and Woodford all have some nice little walks and I can’t wait to explore more of the Lea Valley Park in the late spring and summer. It’ll also be great when the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (formally the Olympic Park) opens later this year – it’s right on our doorstep and will be such a great resource for all in East London!
I love my walking boots – they are strong, sturdy and fairly waterproof. I bought them nine years ago when I was studying in Durham and needed comfy, durable shoes that I could wear while tromping up and down the many, many hills of that fair city! In winter especially, these boots saved me many a landing on my rump! That doesn’t stop me looking around for new boots, of course, and I’ve had a good old drool at some of these. For city walking and light country walks my old ones are grand, but if I attempt any serious walking in the Peaks or the Grampians over summer break I will certainly need to invest in some new treads!
For planning walks in London, the site Walk London is gold. I used it so much for planning interesting longer walks when I was in training. They have some super Lea Valley Walks as well as my favourite Thames Path. The London section of the Thames Path is 40 miles, but I’m quite tempted to attempt the whole 184 miles over a few months…..
I do love a good walk! More on this theme to follow soon, I think!