‘Walk­ing has an up­lift­ing ef­fect’ – TV star Hum­ble

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TV PRE­SEN­TER Kate Hum­ble has spo­ken of the up­lift­ing ben­e­fits she has found from go­ing out walk­ing.

The for­mer BBC Spring­watch host said walk­ing helped her to re­lax, beat anx­i­ety or stop feel­ing mis­er­able and likened it to med­i­ta­tion.

She also found that she liked hold­ing meet­ings out­side – like Ap­ple founder Steve Jobs – while walk­ing her dogs be­cause it aided cre­ativ­ity.

Hum­ble, 49, said that grow­ing up as a child in the coun­try­side, walk­ing was some­thing she just did.

“When you grow up in the ’70s there isn’t a lot else to do. You go for a walk or climb a tree or you go to A&E be­cause no-one had in­vented health and safety. Thank God,” Hum­ble said.

“You have to make your own fun and you didn’t re­ally think about it be­cause it was part and par­cel of what you did if you were not at school, do­ing your home­work or in bed.”

Hum­ble said that af­ter liv­ing and work­ing in Lon­don for 20 years, she started to miss the coun­try­side.

“I re­ally missed the way I grew up. The first few years were re­ally good fun but some­thing hap­pened... age,” she said. “You start to han­ker for your roots. It wasn’t so much the ge­o­graph­i­cal roots, it was just the mud­dy­ness of my roots. I found my­self go­ing out for week­ends for respite.”

Hum­ble, who now lives in the Wye Val­ley, Mon­mouthshire, with her TV pro­ducer hus­band Ludo Gra­ham, was speak­ing at the Chel­tenham Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val to pro­mote her new book, Think­ing On My Feet, which pro­motes the virtues of walk­ing.

“It was ac­tu­ally the con­scious­ness of walk­ing be­ing some­thing I needed, some­thing pre­cious, ac­tu­ally hap­pened quite re­cently. That was the seed that ger­mi­nated into this book,” Hum­ble said. “It was while walk­ing that I took great plea­sure in tiny things. A morn­ing in Fe­bru­ary and you think you’re so done with win­ter and you no­tice the first snow­drop com­ing up. Those tiny things, those tiny con­nec­tions with na­ture and the world have an ex­traor­di­nar­ily up­lift­ing ef­fect. Then I be­gan think­ing, is it just me or am I mad? Other peo­ple must think this.

“If I was feel­ing mis­er­able, if I was feel­ing anx­ious, if I was writ­ing and needed to come up with a cre­ative so­lu­tion, walk­ing seemed to help and that’s when I re­alised it isn’t some­thing to take for granted, this is some­thing to trea­sure and to do and maybe even write about.”

> Kate Hum­ble

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