Just another walking post

I have had a strong urges to walk these past few months and irritability, when I do not get my walks in. The walking bug has come on in unexpectedly strong urges. Just wanting to get out there and walk.

The most I have ever walked so far, was on 7th July. I walked 4.5 miles, in my local area, not pictured. This walk was exploring my area, seeing where it would take me. It’s possibly I could have walked more than this, when I got lost once when walking around another park, I blogged about here in 2018. But I never recorded the miles, or had a clue where I was to find out.
My walk could have easily been spoilt by my asthma, but thankfully I did better than expected. This walk was longer than I expected, but I enjoyed exploring.

Here are just a few photos, from other walks.

Quarry Lane Nature Reserve

One of a few photos I taken a bit back, when walking round my local nature reserve in Mansfield. This is only just one part of it. There is more to see than just this.

Lake
Quarry Lane Nature Reserve, Mansfield

To know more about this nature reserve and others near by, visit Maun Conservation Group.

Sherwood Forest

I went to Sherwood Forest when I took these two photos. My first time seeing the new visitor centre, since it was built.

It wasn’t just to see the new visitor centre I wanted to see, I wanted my walk too and you have to go to look at the oak tree when there, no matter how many times you have been before. It’s a tree with a lot of history, due to how old it is.

Oak tree
Oak tree at Sherwood Forest.
Two statues in a fighting pose on a small wooden bridge
Statues outside visitor centre

For more about Sherwood Forest, visit https://www.visitsherwood.co.uk/

And I bought this cute little thing.

Small hedgehog toy
Small hedgehog toy

 

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Investing in my walking

As I have mentioned in a few of my blog posts and via other people’s blog’s, that when it comes to walking, I’ve never failed on this.
Yes, on some days when I’m very tired, getting the up and go in me to walk can be a little difficult at times, but some how, I still manage to get myself out there and walk.

I had the urge to run one time, which lasted some good months, as you know, but I’ve never got round to the running part, regardless of me buying the gear to run in. I don’t think it will happen now, but I will never say never, because you never know. But I know the walking will always happen.
The running gear has not been wasted though.
My trainers I have walked in plenty and due to foot pain I had at one point in my left foot, these trainers were essential around that time. I also had to ease off the walking a little, to give my foot a chance to settle. But I am now back to my usual walking.
My jogging bottoms I wear in, or out the house. To wear out as casuals feels strange though, as I have not worn jogging bottoms all day before to walk out in since my 20’s. Only time I wore jogging bottoms were when I went to Pilates class, but soon as I was back home, I’d change into something else.
The only bottoms I have worn in the home, were a pair to lounge in, for when I really wanted to relax in, which were a Christmas present from a friend. They are really soft and comfy.
My cap I have not worn yet, but when the sun’s out blazin hot, then it will come in handy to protect my head while out walking. But this will be strange, as I have not worn a cap for a while.
The one t-shirt I bought for running in, I wear as any of my other tops of mine. So again, not wasted.
My running belt will probably come in handy one day, so not getting rid just yet.
And not forgetting my Garmin Forerunner 30 watch. I still use it to track my walks. But I probably would not buy another tracker type watch, if anything went wrong with this one down the line and just use Google instead for whenever I am interested in distance walked.

So my investment in walking, is a pair of lace up walking boots, which I bought during the short time I was in a second cleaning job.

Ecco Lace up walking boots in black and grey
Ecco walking boots

These boots are from Ecco. (My second pair of Ecco shoes.)
These lace-up walking boots will give me stability for my ankles and ideal on most terrains, where I don’t need to worry about whether they get muddy, or scuffed, compared to my other boots.
These boots will also come in handy for future volunteer work with my local conservation group I joined, this year. They will also come in handy for when I am around that nature reserve on my own, as well as new walks I may take myself on, elsewhere.

These walking boots are light and comfy on first impressions while at first trialing them inside my home for over a week. But time will tell when I am out there.
I hope I find down the line, that I am happy with these, as I was with my first pair of shoes. My first time walking out in them, at Sherwood Forest, I forgot I had them on at one point, so all seems well with them.

Black Ecco boots
My Ecco boots for walking in town (My first pair.)

 

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Snowdrops in the Cotswolds

Recently, I visited the Cotswolds over the weekend. I am sharing my holiday in this one post, rather than two posts that I usually do. So do stick around as there are photos. 🙂

Saturday 25th February 2017
I visited Bourton-on-the Water. First stop, after some walking around to get  feel of the place was at The Riverside Cafe. I had a scone with jam and clotted cream, with a cup of tea.

More walking around and taking photos while trying to find a particular cafe for later, that was included in my holiday. (I found it after a circular walk.)

Discovered Birdland. Here are some of the many photos I taken while there.

I then went to Mary’s Rest Tearoom and Cafe, for my free cream tea that was included in my holiday. What I did not realise was that this also included a scone with jam and clotted cream. So this was my second one of the day, not that I did not enjoy it. Yum.

My hotel room, (5th floor,) was at Jury Inn, in Swindon. I was really tired before even arriving to the hotel from being up since 5am, so I could not wait to get to bed later that night.

The hotel was lovely and I had no complaints.

Sunday 26th February 2017
I was up at 7am, ready for breakfast at 8am and we left our hotel at 8.45am to make our way to Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre. It was our day of leisure to explore through the drifts of snowdrops, daffodils and narcissi, as well as other plants, trees and shrubs, until 1pm, before starting our way back home.
Surprisingly I did not buy any plants, but I did buy a book on container gardening which I have already read, when travelling back on the coach and I bought a lavender infused chocolate bar. (I will share my book review of this book later.)
I bought for my mum a lovely decorated tin with biscuits inside, as a thank you for looking after my cat.

Here are some photos of many I taken while walking around the arboretum.

 

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