I can’t remember how old I was when I started to become obsessed with going for walks but I know I’ve been a fan for some twenty years now. As a teenager growing up on a beautiful Island with miles of coastal walks, downs and open countryside I didn’t always appreciate my families insistence upon going for walks. As I am many years younger than my siblings I would end up walking at the back of the family group, grumpily making slow progress, not opening my eyes to the beauty around me, focusing purely on my physical discomfort, the effort involved in traipsing up hills, trailing behind the adult conversations ahead. At some point all this changed and I began to genuinely appreciate a good walk, the fresh air, the beautiful surroundings, the pleasure gained from physical exercise.
Luckily for me my husband shares my appreciation of a good walk. (He didn’t really have a choice). It’s a good way to clear your head, talk things out, work hassles, life hassles, hopes and dreams. Walking helps me gain perspective. This week we have been on some amazing walks. I thought I’d share a few pictures and promote the benefits of walking a little more...
Walking lets you wear thick socks over your jeans and get them covered in mud. This is a good thing.
Walking enables you to see shadows moving across a valley. (Devil’s Dyke)
Walking allows you to look about and appreciate amazing cloud formations. (Newlands Corner)
Walking means sometimes taking a picnic and eating your sandwiches with a view. (Box Hill)
And finally, while walking, you might want to take a long one of these rhubarb oat bars to keep your energy up. See how I did that oh so subtle link...You can find the recipe here at What's Cooking Good Looking via the Vanilla Bean Blog. I subbed the blueberries and pomegranates for finely diced rhubarb. The effect isn’t so pretty but they tasted very good. Rhubarb isn't in season for long in the UK so grab it while you can!