The start of some­thing big

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - News -

In 2003, an­tic­i­pat­ing a long wait in a hos­pi­tal out­pa­tients de­part­ment, I bought a mag­a­zine, choos­ing

in­stead of my usual choice of a generic food mag­a­zine. When fin­ished, I passed it over to my hus­band and sug­gested we should start get­ting out more. My par­ents were en­thu­si­as­tic walk­ers who had been vis­it­ing, and ex­tolling the virtues of, the Lake Dis­trict for years, and our chil­dren were 18 and 21 so were no longer in need of our su­per­vi­sion.

So, we kit­ted our­selves out, tak­ing your ad­vice to buy the best wa­ter­proofs and boots we could af­ford, and booked a week in a self­ca­ter­ing cot­tage near Keswick.

Thou­sands of miles, a box full of routes and 80 OS Ex­plorer maps later, we are still lov­ing ev­ery mo­ment spent with our boots and ruck­sacks on, en­joy­ing the out­doors. We keep go­ing back to the Lakes – the photo is of me up near Eel Crag in 2008. But mostly we stick a pin in a map of Bri­tain, see if we have any walks for that area, book a cot­tage and set off to find some of those amaz­ing hid­den places you can only get to by walk­ing far from roads and car parks.

Now in our 60s, last year we spent a week hik­ing vil­lage-to-vil­lage in the Pyre­nees and this year have signed up for the #walk1000miles chal­lenge. We are fit­ter and health­ier than we were 14 years ago, and have found some stun­ningly beau­ti­ful places in Bri­tain where you can still walk all day and not see an­other soul.

Thank you it’s all down to you.

Yours very grate­fully,

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