By Coincidence…

A little update on my “Walk to Mr B’s” challenge… I made it! In fact, I made it some time on Friday 14th November. Completely by coincidence, this was the day that The Delightful Mr F and I went up to the launch of Fox, Finch and Tepper.  By my reckoning, I think I probably reached the  87.9 mile mark whilst I was in Reading Station. 

My last update finished at Swindon. From Swindon I continued along the M4 , passing the exit for Castle Coombe, where The Delightful Mr F once raced a Ford Focus around the track, a smidge over the speed limit. 

Leaving the motorway at J18, I headed off towards Lansdown Racecourse. The walk through the countryside around this area is beautiful, and the road names are wonderful. I particularly like the very evocatively named “Freezing Hill Lane”. Apparently this hill took a role in a battle in 1643 between the Royalists and Parliamentarians. It all looks very peaceful now. 

Heading down from the heights of Lansdown, I reached Weston on the outskirts of Bath. Passing through Royal Victoria Park I saw the Royal Crescent, enough to make the heart of any Austen fan soar. From there, just around the corner and across Queens Square, is Mr B’s!

All in all, it took me about 26 days to walk the distance which is an average of about 3.4 miles per day. Not bad at all. I really rather enjoyed tracking my progress, and I am sorely tempted by the Walk to Mordor challenge now. 



Walking Along…

I do like a good walk. I’m not alone either, according to this piece from Mark’s Daily Apple. I find walking rather meditative, and I often find solutions to all manner of things whilst out on a meander. Now whilst I don’t claim to be in the same league as Aristotle, Dickens and Wordsworth as a thinker, I definitely agree an amble around the local woods helps clarify things in my mind. 

I have been wandering far and wide of late, and started to wonder how far I was going. I plotted it on MapMyWalk, and discovered I was averaging 3 – 4 miles per day, albeit, not necessarily in one go.  I am lucky that very close to Fennell Towers we have some nice woods, a canal and what is called a pond, but is actually about 70 acres of water with some lovely wooded areas around it. Lots of good ambling locations to explore. 

Life has been quite gentle of late, and to paraphrase Terry Pratchett, my mind is wandering so far it is bringing back souvenirs, so I thought something to focus my attention would be fun. Walking is extremely good for MS, it helps keep everything moving, is good for balance and excelllent for wellbeing. Anything which keeps the MS MonSter in it’s box is good in my book, especially if I enjoy it.  

I do have a pedometer, the accuracy of which I think is rather suspect, but it will be good enough for this. I thought I would take an imaginary walk to my favourite bookshop, Mr B’s. It is about 100 miles from Fennell Towers, but I’m not walking back carrying all the imaginary books I will have bought. I’ll take the imaginary literary train (4:50 from Paddington? Hogwarts Express?). 

If you fancy a longer and frankly more frightening literary walk, the folks over at Nerd Fitness have a “Walk to Mordor” Challenge. Not for the feint hearted for all sorts of reasons! Watch out for Orcs and giant spiders. 

So, I’ll blog as I clock up the miles, and see if I can crowbar in as many literary references as possible. If anyone fancies coming along with me, you would me more than welcome. Bring a flask and some stout walking shoes.