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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #40 on: July 26, 2020, 09:29:44 PM »
Ouch! I broke an elbow on a cobbled street in Kosice, Slovakia, once when cycling, and was also once torpedoed by an unconcentrated car driver just 50 m from my home address, but the resulting knee injuries didn't last, luckily. The pros outweigh the cons as regards cycling, I think - but with the new, fast and rather heavy electric bikes and scooters, the city traffic environment has become less safe and predictable at times ... walks are mostly safe when in safe terrain, and it isn't dark. But I might not be here to post, if an evening driver on that Italian road where I took a walk back in December had decided to cross the road, suddenly and very speedily to a sideroad, just 50 cm away from the route he actually took ...
I tend to keep to special cycle routes where possible, although it often isn't in England. My wife is far more confident on a bike. My first experience of driving abroad (Italy) last year was very nerve-wracking for me.
I nearly turned my bike into a river in Austria some years ago after I set off with the handlebars the wrong way round and discovered that there was nothing where the breaks had once been. Instead I wobbled into a wall and fell off. My wife and daughter were besides themselves with laughter.
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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #41 on: July 28, 2020, 06:13:53 AM »
Looks cool and inviting to me!  :)

PD

It is; a part of the North branch of the Chicago River runs through the woods which attracts lots of deer and other wildlife. One of the last times I went I watched a mama deer and her faun grazing peacefully. :)

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #42 on: July 28, 2020, 06:36:57 AM »
Whenever the weather permits, we like to walk to Lake Michigan, usually with the dog accompanying us. Summer:



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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #43 on: July 28, 2020, 07:21:41 AM »
It is; a part of the North branch of the Chicago River runs through the woods which attracts lots of deer and other wildlife. One of the last times I went I watched a mama deer and her faun grazing peacefully. :)
Sweet!  Trust that you spray & check yourself for ticks afterwards?  I've had several friends get Lyme disease...some with some really bad consequences as they diagnosed it quite late.  About a month or so ago, I happened to see a mom and her faun crossing the road headed to a quiet side street; I rarely see them in my area.  :) A sign of the times.  Though I did see a bear (around 200 lbs?) checking out my veggie garden a few days ago.  It (wisely) decided that my hot peppers were not really food [and thankfully, it didn't try to open up my new composter around the corner!].

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Whenever the weather permits, we like to walk to Lake Michigan, usually with the dog accompanying us. Summer:



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Nice photos!  Looks very inviting!

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #44 on: August 02, 2020, 08:13:12 AM »
Whenever the weather permits, we like to walk to Lake Michigan, usually with the dog accompanying us. Summer:



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Very nice images. Today I took this photo on an 8 mile walk locally, near Isfield, Sussex, UK. I was quite pleased with the photo:
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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #45 on: August 03, 2020, 01:54:52 AM »
Lovely photo Jeffrey!

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #46 on: August 03, 2020, 11:16:01 AM »
Lovely photo Jeffrey!
Yes PD it did come out better than expected, if I say so myself!
Thank you  :)
My wife said I should get it printed.
Hope all is well with you.
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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #47 on: August 05, 2020, 11:44:49 AM »
Great thread idea, Jeffrey, and I've only been slow to respond through having been away... walking...  Where we went, the Isles of Scilly (UK's only Covid-free region), there isn't a lot else to do and, lovely though it was, I don't think any walk there is going to turn into a favourite.  Too much sea for my taste - I don't mind a day or two of coastal walking, but after that it tends just to become more of the same.

Anyway, to your recommendation first: it's Pennine Way country, isn't it, or very nearly, so well known to me.  There's some great old mining country up the top of Nidderdale, too, and further north up around Nenthead.  (And a note to PD - thankfully, Poison Ivy is not found in the UK.  I read some nasty things about it a few years ago before going walking in the Appalachians, but didn't encounter any.)

And if I had one walk left to do before I died, it would be from Kinlochewe to Dundonnell in Wester Ross.  You can either go down the north side of Loch Maree to Letterewe, then over the top to Shenavall, or via the Heights of Kinlochewe to Loch an Nid.  Ideally a 2-day trip, during which it's possible to see no other human beings at all.  Either way, there's the inspiring sight of An Teallach's mighty peaks to keep you going, but the whole area contains a dozen or so above the 3000-foot mark.  I haven't been there for years, and just writing about it makes me long to get back.

And on a much gentler level, we have a pleasant 1-mile ramble from our new house that takes in a fairly impressive medieval motte:

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #48 on: August 05, 2020, 11:50:08 AM »
Great thread idea, Jeffrey, and I've only been slow to respond through having been away... walking...  Where we went, the Isles of Scilly (UK's only Covid-free region), there isn't a lot else to do and, lovely though it was, I don't think any walk there is going to turn into a favourite.  Too much sea for my taste - I don't mind a day or two of coastal walking, but after that it tends just to become more of the same.

Anyway, to your recommendation first: it's Pennine Way country, isn't it, or very nearly, so well known to me.  There's some great old mining country up the top of Nidderdale, too, and further north up around Nenthead.  (And a note to PD - thankfully, Poison Ivy is not found in the UK.  I read some nasty things about it a few years ago before going walking in the Appalachians, but didn't encounter any.)

And if I had one walk left to do before I died, it would be from Kinlochewe to Dundonnell in Wester Ross.  You can either go down the north side of Loch Maree to Letterewe, then over the top to Shenavall, or via the Heights of Kinlochewe to Loch an Nid.  Ideally a 2-day trip, during which it's possible to see no other human beings at all.  Either way, there's the inspiring sight of An Teallach's mighty peaks to keep you going, but the whole area contains a dozen or so above the 3000-foot mark.  I haven't been there for years, and just writing about it makes me long to get back.

And on a much gentler level, we have a pleasant 1-mile ramble from our new house that takes in a fairly impressive medieval motte:


Thank you for the information regarding poison ivy NOT being in the UK as I'm allergic to it!  And what a cool photo!  Hope that you are enjoying your new home Dave.

Best wishes,

PD

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #49 on: August 08, 2020, 07:33:19 PM »
Thank you for the information regarding poison ivy NOT being in the UK as I'm allergic to it!  And what a cool photo!  Hope that you are enjoying your new home Dave.

Best wishes,

PD

Yes that looks like a great default walk when you’re not able to travel further :).
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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #50 on: August 08, 2020, 07:45:34 PM »
We’re currently spending a lot of time at this bioscience office park which has beautiful and varied woods away from the offices, a sunny pond with benches where we sit and have our picnic or in a shelter with tables if it’s raining. It’s a 25 minute drive from home to where we park at an old church 5 minutes walk away, starting about 7:45 so we generally have it all to ourselves :D.

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #51 on: August 09, 2020, 06:25:17 AM »
In these difficult times we have been encouraged to get out of doors and walk for exercise. Where do you like walking? My favourite walk is a ten mile walk from Gunnerside, a village in N.Yorkshire in the North of England where I have spent numerous holidays from age 19. The Yorkshire Dales is my favourite location in England, especially due to the great contrast between the bleak and rugged scenery at the top,of the dales and the pastoral landscapes in the valley bottoms. There are quite a few abandoned lead mines in the area, so the walk is full of history as well:
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Jeffrey, this is so beautiful! I will check some pics on Goole Map.
I jog 2 miles every morning, but it’s an average residential area.

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #52 on: August 09, 2020, 07:09:40 PM »
Jeffrey, this is so beautiful! I will check some pics on Goole Map.
I jog 2 miles every morning, but it’s an average residential area.

Ah, Goole  :-*

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #53 on: August 09, 2020, 11:43:08 PM »
Great thread idea, Jeffrey, and I've only been slow to respond through having been away... walking...  Where we went, the Isles of Scilly (UK's only Covid-free region), there isn't a lot else to do and, lovely though it was, I don't think any walk there is going to turn into a favourite.  Too much sea for my taste - I don't mind a day or two of coastal walking, but after that it tends just to become more of the same.

Anyway, to your recommendation first: it's Pennine Way country, isn't it, or very nearly, so well known to me.  There's some great old mining country up the top of Nidderdale, too, and further north up around Nenthead.  (And a note to PD - thankfully, Poison Ivy is not found in the UK.  I read some nasty things about it a few years ago before going walking in the Appalachians, but didn't encounter any.)

And if I had one walk left to do before I died, it would be from Kinlochewe to Dundonnell in Wester Ross.  You can either go down the north side of Loch Maree to Letterewe, then over the top to Shenavall, or via the Heights of Kinlochewe to Loch an Nid.  Ideally a 2-day trip, during which it's possible to see no other human beings at all.  Either way, there's the inspiring sight of An Teallach's mighty peaks to keep you going, but the whole area contains a dozen or so above the 3000-foot mark.  I haven't been there for years, and just writing about it makes me long to get back.

And on a much gentler level, we have a pleasant 1-mile ramble from our new house that takes in a fairly impressive medieval motte:


Great photo Dave and interesting walk observations. Yes, Gunnerside is near Pennine Way country. Actually I walked the whole of the Pennine Way with my brother in 1979. It took three weeks - probably the best holiday that I ever had. My wife's grandparents lived in Nidderdale and we would often visit there. Her grandmother dies a few year's ago aged 103. Your local walk looks very nice and I share PD's liking for the photo.
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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #54 on: August 10, 2020, 01:19:21 PM »
I visit Tokyo and Kyoto almost every year. Over-there, I jog 2-3 miles every morning.
The pics of my jog route in Kyoto here.

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #55 on: August 10, 2020, 01:20:22 PM »
Kyoto jog No. 2.

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #56 on: August 11, 2020, 04:24:48 AM »
Nice, is it busy when you do that jog?
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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #57 on: August 11, 2020, 04:50:44 AM »
Nice, is it busy when you do that jog?

It’s a tourist area packed with tons of people from many countries.
I jog before 9am and it’s not bad.

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #58 on: August 16, 2020, 06:01:31 AM »
We are staying near Glastonbury for a week. Today's walk was from where we are staying to the top of Glastonbury Tor and then on to Glastonbury Abbey, where King Arthur is allegedly buried - very Arthurian!

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Re: Where are your favourite walks?
« Reply #59 on: August 16, 2020, 06:09:29 AM »
Kyoto jog No. 2.

Very nice. Yes, parts of Kyoto, especially in the area of the temple districts, have a surprisingly green and very relaxed environment. We have  stayed in those areas when visiting, and IMO it is to be preferred, if possible.