Take a walk at lunchtimes


I try and head out every lunchtime for a dog walk – nothing sensational, just a couple of miles around the local fields or an occasional stroll in the nearby Salcey Forest.

Sometimes though, I convince myself I am too busy to spare the half hour or so needed for a walk. But this is false economy – I find a short time in the fresh air, surrounded by nature and away from work, reinvigorates me ready for the rest of the afternoon. Without it, my productivity and concentration slip.

Of course I am lucky to work surrounded by countryside, but there are enough parks, river /canal sides and trees in our towns and cities for this principle to apply to everyone.

So tomorrow, instead of eating lunch at your desk or the nearest starbucks, head out for an explore. Your body, mind and soul will thank you!

Day-pack kit

On my last hike, a 16 mile loop around North Bedfordshire, I was pretty happy with my day-pack kit. I am sure that there is room for improvement though, so here is the complete list – I would appreciate any comments or suggestions!

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Summary of todays walk #1000miles


A mostly pleasant circular loop in the highest part of Bedfordshire (not really saying much!) from Lavendon, following the Three Shires Way to Santa Pod Racetrack, then back to Lavendon via Harrold.

Most of the route was through some great countryside along fields and through deserted woods. I didn't encounter a single other walker, bar a couple of dog walkers near the more built up areas. Only downside to the route was the long stretch on tarmac towards the end.

View the route at: http://new.socialhiking.org.uk/maps/os/daylightgambler/2011-03-12

Length: 15.8 miles
Height Gained: 784 ft
Number of tea stops: 2
Number of pub stops: 0
Number of times almost killed by a horse: 5
Number of blisters from new shoes: 0