I’ve rejigged my blog schedule somewhat to share with you a few photos of the beautiful countryside just a few miles from my home! Apologies for the slightly poorer quality photos; all were taken on my iPhone as I just jumped into the car this morning and went!
Before the walk even got going I was surprised to find a young adder skin. Fortunately, we didn’t disturb any of the snakes on our walk as like as not they would have been trodden on. It was a lovely surprise though, as it is always interesting to find evidence of wildlife.
We walked around a ridge, before taking a steep, craggy track down into the valley below. I love scrambling up and down routes; it always makes me want to start fell running! Anyone know of tips on how to start fell running without immediately twisting an ankle?! Being a pretty quiet area, we only passed a couple of other walking parties, including a lady in her sixties or seventies who looked fitter than most people half her age! #LifeGoals much?
Being late August, the heather was out in full force, and smelt heavenly; just like the heather honey that gets sold all around the moors. Hill walking, or hiking, seems to be a popular pursuit on the west coast of the states, but is less popular here in the UK. Maybe it is the changeable weather, or the fact that for many, decent hill walks are a long distance away. I certainly don’t go walking as often as I wish, but do try to get out regularly. For me, just getting outside contributes to living an active lifestyle even more so that sweating it out in the gym for an hour before sitting down for the rest of the day.
With the last few weeks of summer stretching out before us, I would urge you to get out and enjoy whatever happens to be on your doorstep, be it hidden gems and parks in cities, or open countryside.