Don’t jog in the fog

I guess that at my age I’m always likely to get warnings about things I shouldn’t attempt. “Be careful crossing the road”, “Don’t overdo it”.

At the start of my 10 mile walk on a cold, misty morning, I’m warned that joggers are told not to jog in the fog. Something to do with being bad for your chest. I think the relevance to my walk was that I shouldn’t overexert myself in the fog (or mist), particularly at my age. The trouble is, I’m not very receptive to warnings.

The walk has become a favourite of mine and today I decided to do it in the reverse direction and it just seemed like I was doing a new walk. Views that would be behind me were now in front of me, and most of the steep bits seemed to be downhill rather than uphill. So this will probably become the preferred direction when I next do this particular walk.


An early morning walk

An early start on a sunny morning for my often walked 6 miles. Through the woods, past the prison, around or over the golf course, through the park with its many dog walkers, and then more paths on the edge of the woods.


Eastbourne marina (day 7)

Well we’re still on our pre-lockdown holiday (which is allowed!) but given the government instructions to not make unnecessary journeys we are limiting our excursions to where we can walk to.

Today, without looking to see how far it was, we walked to Eastbourne marina (it was 4 miles each way!). Walking into a bitterly cold wind on a sunless morning was not a lot of fun although on the return journey the sun had appeared and the wind was on our backs.

Without any impressive boats, the marina was just like any other marina. Fortunately there were a couple of places open where you could get takeaway sustenance and we were more than ready for a coffee and Danish pastry.

Having walked 6 miles to Beachy Head on the two preceding days and another 8 miles today, I think we may just have a couple of easy days before returning home.


Navigating with a phone

A walk (8.5 miles) through 3 commons was not quite a disaster but wasn’t without problems.

I’ve come to rely on my mobile phone and the OS Maps app for navigation. On long walks I always take a battery pack to recharge the phone if necessary, but today I forget the charging cable. Half way through the walk the battery had dropped to 10% and I risked getting lost in the multitude of paths. So I decided to abort the rest of my planned route and make a hurried return to the start point.

I also dropped the phone and cracked the case – so not the happiest of walks.


A woodland walk

This morning started out cloudy and cool, but quickly turned into a scorcher. Walking around the back of the prison walls I sometimes hear the prisoners out exercising, but not today. What they would give to be in my walking boots! This must be the third time I’ve done this 11-mile, circular walk, and on a hot day like today the mainly woodland walk provided welcome shelter from the sun.

I’m never happy with pictures taken in the trees, but these three are ok.


A 10 mile local walk

This is the first blog post for three weeks and it’s of a 10.3 mile local walk that took three and a half hours. Mainly woodland paths, I discovered some new areas to explore further. It was a good warm-up for some long Autumnal walks including, hopefully, some legs of the Solent Way walk I began last year.

I’m uncomfortable around dogs and so a pack of 6 largish dogs forced me to hold back whilst they disappeared into the distance. A few minutes later a pack of 10 small dogs appeared some distance away. I was less concerned by them but they caused me to wonder what might have happened had the 6 largish dogs come across the 10 smaller ones!

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