Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Life in Lockdown - W is for Walking - A-Z Challenge 2021

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter W 

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We have done a lot of walking during the past year.  At first it was such a relief to be able to get out of the house and take some exercise.  Before we moved we were lucky to face out onto an open space of land that led to a woodland park.  There were ponds and wildlife and we were able to vary our circuits.  We didn't need the car to be able to appreciate this - just as well as there were periods when we weren't supposed to stray from our local area.

In our new house (we moved in September 2020) we don't have a green outlook.  We face other houses and we're on a bus route.  This doesn't bother us - we figured it would be something that could be useful as we get older and maybe can't be driving or just don't want to walk back up the hill from the shops.  We're not elderly yet but we plan on being in this house long enough that these were things we needed to consider.  Future proofing if you like.

So no lovely outlook but five minutes and we are into woodland leading down to Highams Park Lake.  If we head north from our house we can walk into Epping Forest.

We haven't ventured too far afield yet and during the winter months we didn't get out so much.  Around the lake was soooo muddy. Some of the trees are really old and the pathways are full of ruts and roots.  Wellies or walking boots were essential.

As things are beginning to open up it will get easier to spread our wings a bit - I won't have to panic about hiding behind a tree if I get caught short as more cafes will be open and toilet facilities more accessible.

In the meantime I've been trying to walk most days and do anything between 1.5 - 3.5 miles.  It's becoming easier to do as well so I'm feeling quite positive about that. Hopefully it's becoming a habit!

Sometimes Hubby will join me but I actually enjoy walking on my own listening to a Spotify playlist on my phone and enjoying the views.




  1. I need to start walking again. When my friend, Elaine and her hubby were next door, we walked most mornings about a mile. It does get easier when you keep at it. A good post for 'W' Wendy!! xo

  2. Walking has been the main activity for so many of us during lockdown. You are fortunate to have a number of beautiful walks in your new neighbourhood.

  3. I've been walking our dog twice a day for the last 2 years and I am really enjoying the quiet time. I'm noticing a ton of things around the neighborhood too.


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