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Where did you walk ( locally ) in 2020?

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Delphinoula

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To Flanders, Portugal and Spain.........
And go over the hills and far away.
Maybe not that far yet.
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to church closed
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but Hermès was on call to protect tired travelers
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walked on and found a church open to lit that candle and a prayers for youall and me
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and back
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Reminds me of the anniversary flags in Portugal 2018
 
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SabineP

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First time I took the car in eight weeks to drive somewhere other then going to work or supermarket.
Just less then 7k. walk in a nature park in a town close by.
On the route to Santiago! So good to see the sign!
 

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Theatregal

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So far...
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Day 1 of my Camino Athome. My route will be on a whim ~ a meandering 1000 km :) Easing in this morning with 10km along the west dyke trail. A nice flat walk today with spectacular weather and the sighting of a gorgeous Anna's Hummingbird. Views of mountains and a river. No bars or cafés along the way but lots of benches. It was a solitary day ~ much to think about / contemplate. Other walkers kept a distance and I have a feeling this will be the case throughout this camino. A good start to this journey.
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DevereUx

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept-Oct 2018
I walk with memories and sighs when I walk now.
I prefer to walk a steady pace and alone, looking up at light sparkling through the trees as I go.
I sigh. I dream.
Not of any particular thing, but of an emotion; some simplicity.
Today I walk under palms and oaks.
Then, I walked under ancient chestnut trees.
I walked simply. I walked alone.
I walked with my thoughts, but mostly I walked in the moment.
I observed.
Never in my life had I observed so much so simply; as a small child, I observed.
Curious about minutia: the road’s camber and texture; the color of a small, blue flower tucked in amongst tall brown grass; the musty smell of morning as the sun warmed the horizon behind me; the stare of a cow standing stone still by a fence in the half light of morning; or the prickly feel of a chestnut husk, picked up from among so many strewn upon the path I walked.
I had time.

"The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot." Werner Herzog


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Wonderful weather last Friday and one of our first walks since lockdown
Hainault forest is just 2 miles away, and whilst we would normally hop on the bus to get there, we are now avoiding public transport and the car journey is less than 10 minutes away
Hainault forest has approx 360 acres wirh lakes, open ground and forest and we have been walking here on and off since the children were young
At the moment the cafe,the adventure playground, the animal enclosure are all closed
We walked for about 3 hours crossing the golf course and onto open fields
Part of the London loop is situated here
Met a couple and had a nice chat at a distance
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
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Still here.
I wore my camino shoes today, as I wanted to see how they feel as compared to bare feet. Hotter, for sure. But my feet are happier after an hour. And my socks are a memory of my camino in 2015, the surviving member of two pairs of Decathlon socks that @LTfit gave me when she was the hospitalera at Ponferrada. They make me happy every time I put them on.
 

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SabineP

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11k. round walk around the beautiful village of Rutten known for the veneration of St. Evermarus , a nobleman whom on returning from his pilgrimage to Santiago ( in those days you also had to return on foot or horse ) got killed in this village. There is a chapel in his honour and every 1st of May there is a big celebration and procession, except this year of course.
Local chapter of the St.James confraternity also has a a specific walk but I followed the black arrows.
Some meadows but mostly paved roads used by local farmers.
Lots of reminders of the Romans in this region too as you can see from the tumulus.
Also a quaint bench and the simple but gorgeous parish church.


 

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Galloglaigh

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@SabineP That chair looks like something you'd do if you had plenty of time to spare. Is it recent?
 

Joyce Dunn Rogers

Cleveland Flats
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Camino Frances
Camino Portugal 2021
I live with my partner on his 250 acre property in Southern Oregon and as it appears my Camino Portuguese pilgrimage is a No Go for this year, I have to keep my nearly 70-year old wheels rolling by clearing hill trails to ride my horse on.
I know I'm lucky to have such good company, beautiful scenery and a physical outlet. Just trying to keep all my body parts in working order until 2021!
 

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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Today a walk in a beautiful county park a few miles from home. I just love the fresh green leaves, and wildflowers of spring...I hadn't been home during the month of May for the last five years.
 

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Theatregal

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A good 17.5 km Day 3 on my Camino Athome. Perfect walking weather - some cloud, some sun, cool breeze. A coyote, beautiful views and even a waymark of sorts - an interesting scar on a birch tree. A place for coffee along the way. I don't usually use earbuds on the camino - I like to hear the sounds around me....however, lately I've started to listen to podcasts sometimes as I walk and have been enjoying Dave Whitson's Camino Podcasts for the first time. Today, Episode 40: The Camino in Novel and Poem & Episode 41: The Crossway. Wonderful.
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Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
A short drive to the edge of the forest where we parked at the side of the road
Took the public footpath which was a bit overgrown at first
Through the kissing gate and onto open fields with the smell of Hawthorn in our nostrils
The lovely little church at Lambourne End which also has a commonwealth graveyard

What is it about graveyards as we get older? ......we always spend time just looking at the headstones ...the names...the age of those who have died etc etc
Then got a bit lost as usual and found ourselves on the aerodrome where the little planes lay silent since the lockdown
Back to the car by the fields and paths

On the way we saw two of these HM prison signs ....Dartmoor...which is actually in Devon, so still trying to work this one out!!
We once visited Dartmoor...just to see the building mind you...not "at her majesty's pleasure"(inmate) of course!
But that's another story
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I thoroughly enjoy looking at all the photos. I went out fairly early this morning, on my bike. I found a large cotton scarf/call it what you will and decided it would be my face covering - works very well to protect others from me and me from others when passing at my leisurely pace. The temperature was 2 degrees celsius as I checked just before leaving the house. On the path out towards the statue of a few posts ago, I could not believe my eyes. Just enlarge the photo and you will see why. I saw about three others as well but didn't want to photograph them from too close up.
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alansykes

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Except the Francés
With my vizsla Huba to the top of the nearest hill for the first time in two months. Only an hour's walk from my front door, but it's so nice to be back, and see south west Scotland disappearing into the distance across the Solway. And social distancing is quite easy up there ...

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Camino Chrissy

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Frances 2015;
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Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
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With my vizsla Huba to the top of the nearest hill for the first time in two months. Only an hour's walk from my front door, but it's so nice to be back, with see south west Scotland disappearing into the distance across the Solway. And social distancing is quite easy up there ...

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My brother had a vizsla for many years...a great birding dog, too. What a lovely spot in Scotland you live.
 

Galloglaigh

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What a lovely spot in Scotland you live.
Alan is looking north from Cumbria (in England). This is the borderlands which is rich in history as well as beauty. There is an ancient Roman wall (Hadrians) which marked the boundary of the Roman empire at the time. You can walk it from one sea to another
 

Theatregal

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Ending the first week of my home camino with 85 km of 1000. It's been good motivation and an anchor for my days. Most of this past week, I've walked close to home. Today, into the city to walk from Jericho Beach, along Spanish Banks to the Museum of Anthropology and back. A bit of a gloomy rainy day at the beginning but brightened near the end. This area has a connection to Spain - explanation on the fourth photo.

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Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
A 15 minute drive on Friday to the Weald country park just opened once following lockdown
A 700 hundred year old park of about 500 acres.....it has woodland, lakes, meadows, grassland and some wonderful plants
Many animals live in the park too...deer, cows, herons and the usual groups of ducks and geese around the lake
This year we missed the bluebell display due to the virus lockdown as the park was closed for a time
However we could now see the magnificent rhododendron displays and the wonderful perfume from the yellow ones.....much like the smells from the honeysuckle bushes.
At one stage we came upon a group of fallow deer but they soon scarpered as we got close.One of the photos was taken just before they ran.
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Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Oh dear, I woke too late to go out with ease either walking or on the bike. So, walking poles attached to my wrists, up and down the lane i walked, looking up at the blue blue sky. I will repeat that exercise four or five times today. Here is this morning’s image:
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Galloglaigh

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Another part of the "Old Way", this time towards the port of Rye. Though it is an ancient port, over the years the sea has moved further away.

An early start over the fields takes you to the sea where the paddle boarders were out. Rye is a tourist destination as it has lots of old buildings dating from 1300 - 1500. It was a destination of another sort during Napoleonic times and the church there, St Mary's, was used as a look out for French invaders coming over the channel. Perhaps with Brexit, we might have to press it back into use again.
 

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Finished: Camino Frances April/May 2019
Canceled: Primitivo May 2020
While technically I could be on long walks and even hikes the whole time (living in Sweden), due to not having fully recovered I restrict myself to the hood ;)

This was taken a couple of minutes ago behind the house. i wonder when our little cove will be finally free of ice so we can launch our tiny boat bridge ... hopefully by beginning of June 🙃


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Tulle

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1999 Burgos-SDC, 2003 Leon-SDC, 2007-2012 Le Puy-SDC, 2014 Burgos-Covarrubias, Camino Ingles 3 times
Last Sunday was Norway’s National Day which we usually celebrate with parades, concerts, games etc, most of it going on outdoors. Of course everything was cancelled because of the Coronavirus. But the weather here was so bad that it didn’t matter much, nobody wanted to be outdoors... But luckily the weather is getting better so I had a walk uphill today to look for the spring and admire the views.71FE07D9-5AF5-42E8-9D85-FEB62FFB7922.jpegA665E020-1D33-4F0F-9EB9-B1387DFB327C.jpeg4A363671-6E52-4117-B7ED-6C853A38C07E.jpeg334C7264-ED36-4C3F-A52F-2CC0FC7C49D7.jpeg
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Had a very nice 6 mile hike today on a "rails to trails" path not far away from home. A farmer even has his own caboose turned "cabin" next to the trail.
 

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Tulle

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1999 Burgos-SDC, 2003 Leon-SDC, 2007-2012 Le Puy-SDC, 2014 Burgos-Covarrubias, Camino Ingles 3 times
I walked on my usual walk today in the forest along the river. At last we have quite warm weather so the snow in the mountains is melting. Much water in rivers and brooks. And there were also some small art projects.🙂352DA34C-20F3-4A9C-974B-B4E21F18D344.jpegEAC909D7-3C6B-446A-B628-BF49D36F0D41.jpeg024264FA-5040-42DC-9D4C-46825EE9CD76.jpeg4CEBDA89-1C87-46F2-AF86-BE49B66955E1.jpeg695BF54A-5D86-46DF-8E42-A2947EFFDEF8.jpeg93B380A8-26BE-4EA3-8EB3-0A5DC3FB3D6B.jpegA5CB9B21-551F-4B13-910B-9A3CA4A5188A.jpegF349CEB5-D6B5-4A8E-94A8-29947C5B410F.jpeg
 

Theatregal

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So far...
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Ending the second week of my Camino Athome with a circle walk along the Fraser River to Finn Slough and home along farmland. My daily walks can be meandering but have an intention, a goal for each day. Today I wanted to visit a little shrine / tribute to a Finn Slough resident who passed away recently and who I had met on previous walks - he had told me some of the history of this unique community. It was a lovely 15 km walk. Along the way I passed the best social distancing sign I've seen so far. Two metres is "nose to the tip of the tail length of two Golden Retrievers or five Chihuahuas." :)

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I can’t remember if I took these photos yesterday or the day before... lockdown time plays havoc with real time! It was on my usual circuit, and as usual, I was aware of treading on centuries of lives lived and covered over.
The tide was low, so I was able to hear a tiny waterfall under a bridge that I had never heard before. Imagine, it dances away under higher waters, undetected. Then I saw evidence of human weakness: a suitable container for rubbish. Not a proper one that can be easily cleared up by the Sanitary services. No, the nearest place, creating a health hazard. I saw and noted other things, but just two more to mention: a defiant little arrangement at the bottom of a street light pole, and the best Keep your distance sign for a certain sector of the population, at least it seems to me to speak to the generation of the character in the photo.
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These days, working from home and trying to home school children can be a difficult task, so I'll have to call this my "emergency walk" or "needs must" walk.
At least we were able to keep a distance from each other as this ...despite the heartache on my part ...has been explained to them more than a few times.
At least I did not have to bundle them into the car as it was..out the door and into the forest
Keeping a distance was easy as I could not keep up with them anyway!!
Every tree is meant to be climbed
Every brook meant to be jumped over
Every ditch meant to be jumped into
Building a little den with loose tree branches was completed in record time as I watched
A 3 hour walk wore them out and I was tired from just watching!!
Maybe we'll have another emergency walk next week!!
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Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
Epping forest..6000 acres and a former Royal hunting ground
Straddles the border between London and Essex and the largest public area open space in the London area
We are so lucky as a drive of 4-5 miles gets us there
The hunting lodge...now a museum built in 1543 on the orders of Henry V111 ....bless him!!
Saw a harrised duck with about 18 little baby ducks...maybe she was childminding or else she was one busy little duck!!
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alansykes

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Except the Francés
There is an old English saying "ne'er cast a clout 'til May be out". Generally thought to mean "don't put away your winter clothes until May is out" - either the month of May, or the may blossoms. Up here on the Scottish border the end of May and the may blooms are pretty much simultaneous. Either way, I think I'm safe to cast my clouts now.


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SabineP

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Still hotter than normally this time of the year.
Fruit is growing very quickly.
 

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Galloglaigh

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Today was an early start to Canterbury. We're allowed to travel further now and it was worth going.

Canterbury is usually wall to wall with tourists at this time of year but the streets were empty and so were the stores. Can't see all of them re-opening as it will be a while before the city is bustling again.

Like the cathedral at Santiago (or most cathedrals) there is always restoration going on. Taking a pic through the cathedral gates caught the attention of one of the cathedral police who looks more like paramilitary than police. They must get rowdy crowds on Sundays there.

Outside the cathedral gates is the start of the Via Francigena. Some will know that sign. Others will ... soon.
 

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Today was an early start to Canterbury. We're allowed to travel further now and it was worth going.

Canterbury is usually wall to wall with tourists at this time of year but the streets were empty and so were the stores. Can't see all of them re-opening as it will be a while before the city is bustling again.

Like the cathedral at Santiago (or most cathedrals) there is always restoration going on. Taking a pic through the cathedral gates caught the attention of one of the cathedral police who looks more like paramilitary than police. They must get rowdy crowds on Sundays there.

Outside the cathedral gates is the start of the Via Francigena. Some will know that sign. Others will ... soon.
Hi Galloglaigh,
Yes it is a beautiful city and was really bustling when we visited last year
The stone marking the beginning of the Via is just inside the gates and when we mentioned to the guard that we had walked the Via he just waved us in ...otherwise fairly expensive
An amazing place to visit ...glad you enjoyed your visit
 
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Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
I took myself across the river and along by the Grand Canal this morning. There, I came across a bench with an occupant, but in no state to infect or be infected. Patrick Kavanagh, an Irish writer, died in 1967. This is taken from Wikipedia:
He is known for his accounts of Irish life through reference to the everyday and commonplace.
I wonder what he might have to say about what is currently everyday and commonplace...
there were some others dotted along the banks of the canal, but they were more or less alive, rolled up in sleeping bags, or lying back on the grass, sound asleep, surrounded by evidence of plenty of the strong stuff... now, back to walking in the lane, where freedom lies, in spite of it being a confined space.
 

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Another walk in part of Epping forest and beyond on a section of the London loop

We had a book
A compass
A 1:25000 OS map......we still got lost!

So many paths here going in every direction
Walked to the reservoir servicing London and from the open meadows filled with buttercups and daisies could see the metropolis
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Theatregal

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2012 ~ 2019
Day 21 of my Camino Athome - A walk along the trails of the intertidal Maplewood Flats Conservation area to visit a site specific art installation by the artist Ken Lum. This area was once a squatter community (for over a 100 years until the community was burned down in 1971). The installation is three scaled down replicas of cabins representing in exact detail the one time homes of: the writer Malcolm Lowry who finished his novel, Under The Volcano there, the artist Tom Burrows, and Greenpeace activist Paul Spong. Fascinating history in a beautiful place of forest, mudflats and salt marsh overlooking Burrard Inlet.

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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
We walked along a trail that follows a muddy canal about an hour drive from home. There were some cottonwood trees here and there that had humongous trunks! We crossed the bridge that feeds the canal and saw these pelicans swimming together.
 

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CF - September 2016
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The Purbecks part of the South West Coast Path are close. This Saturday we walked on the section east of Lulworth, far from the crowds at Durdle Door.
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We have been walking our usual small selection of short walks but at this time of year there is an extra treat; Peg starts counting the pink lady slippers. On a walk the other day she counted 174.

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We took a 55 minute walk in the same area today with no intention of counting but right away hit a big patch so we changed our minds. We finished with 206 but 112 of them came in the first 5 minutes.
 

alansykes

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Except the Francés
A nice 19km walk from my front door up to and round the local lake, Tindale Tarn, nestled underneath Cold Fell, most northerly of the North Pennine hills. I have played a couple of times with an app called "Relive", which shows the contours of your route and makes a sort of video of the pictures you take whilst walking:


The longest hike I've made since leaving the Camino Mozárabe in December. Only passed four people in nearly five hours. All but one km is off tarmac. The birds were wonderful, with many skylarks singing busily up the top (the collective noun is "an exhaltation of skylarks"), and also several lapwings doing their acrobatics overhead, geese on the tarn, and black-cock and grouse fledging their young up in the heather. Down in the dale the may blooms are almost over, but higher up they're still in full flower, with some elders and rowans starting to blossom, and I also saw a couple of Early Purple Orchids.

There are worse ways to get "camino fit".
 
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Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
A nice 19km walk from my front door up to and round the local lake, Tindale Tarn, nestled underneath Cold Fell, most northerly of the North Pennine hills. I have played a couple of times with an app called "Relive", which shows the contours of your route and makes a sort of video of the pictures you take whilst walking:

https://www.relive.cc/view/vWqBe4x1xQ6

The longest hike I've made since leaving the Camino Mozárabe in December. Only passed four people in nearly five hours. All but one km is off tarmac. The birds were wonderful, with many skylarks singing busily up the top (the collective noun is "an exhaltation of skylarks"), and also several lapwings doing their acrobatics overhead, geese on the tarn, and black-cock and grouse fledging their young up in the heather. Down in the dale the may blooms are almost over, but higher up they're still in full flower, with some elders and rowans starting to blossom, and I also saw a couple of Early Purple Orchids.

There are worse ways to get "camino fit".
Alan, I tried to view but no luck. I do love your photos, and there will be more, I am sure.
 
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There are 6000km/3700miles of public rights of way in Essex,comprising footpaths,bridle ways and byways,and since lockdown,we are slowly getting through some of them!!
A short drive from home is the Essex Way a long distance path of 81 miles which ends at the sea in Harwich...it is well marked with the poppy sign
The days walk passed Greenstead church....the oldest wooden church in the world..dating from the 6th/7th centuries
Stiles,kissing gates and metal gates were encountered on this walk which led us through fields, narrow paths and woods
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We took a 55 minute walk in the same area today with no intention of counting [the pink lady slippers] but right away hit a big patch so we changed our minds. We finished with 206 but 112 of them came in the first 5 minutes.
The other day we walked there again and I immediately had the chance to take a picture of a patch of eleven lady slippers. I did and was going to send it in but Google notified me about a picture I took four years ago, a patch of four almost in the same location (a couple pictures later is a photo of ten). I'm posting the picture of four instead of either of the others. Here is my very first smartphone photo:

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Those pink lady slippers are lovely, Rick!
 

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Visited my parents-in-law over the Pentecost-Weekend and strolled a bit around in the Thuringian Forest:

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Ziemestal-Bridge

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Ziemestal-Bridge

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from above

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Ranis (with Castle Ranis)

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Castle Ranis

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Castle Ranis
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view from the town of Ranis up to the castle

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Slate mining-site "Lehesten", one of the biggest slate-minings in eastern germany, stopped in 1996

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the chimney of the water-pumping-station, they mined for slate in the underground up to 80m depth, too. The demand was so high for the slate in the former GDR. This site is just 5km to the former border to Bavaria.

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The water is blueish even in bad weather due to the dissolved minerals, no animal life in the lake.

I walked ~15km on that day.
 

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Roland, such beautiful pictures! I've yet to visit Germany...it should be added to my bucket list.
 

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Roland, such beautiful pictures! I've yet to visit Germany...it should be added to my bucket list.
Thanks a lot.

Yes, Germany has some great landscapes, landmarks and places worth visiting!
If you search for it, you will find many vids on YT from americans who are living here or visiting Germany on a sometimes regular basis. Don't take it for real, that all germans wear Lederhosen and Dirndls and drink beer for breakfast. There is more to see and more to taste than just the southmost parts of germany, that is in fact, only a very small fracture of the german culture.

You're welcome over here and in most cases germans can speak relatively good english. No need to learn a lot of german.

BC
Roland
 

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Walked 12k. today with a friend at National Park Hoge Kempen.
All unpaved roads.First day after twelve weeks restaurants and bars can open again. So after the walk we had a light snack.
On site is also a planetarium. And minigolf... ;)

 

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Thanks a lot.

Yes, Germany has some great landscapes, landmarks and places worth visiting!
If you search for it, you will find many vids on YT from americans who are living here or visiting Germany on a sometimes regular basis. Don't take it for real, that all germans wear Lederhosen and Dirndls and drink beer for breakfast. There is more to see and more to taste than just the southmost parts of germany, that is in fact, only a very small fracture of the german culture.

You're welcome over here and in most cases germans can speak relatively good english. No need to learn a lot of german.

BC
Roland
Yes Germany is a beautiful country and the people we met were so helpful and so nice and welcoming

A few years ago we walked from Bonn to Wiesbaden...on a way marked path called The Rhinstag ..by the Rhine, above the Rhine and through the forests .... the views were stupendous...

I was so happy to see the Loreley on the Rhine as I'd read about it as a child ....always loved a fairy tale back then!...still do!!
The Camino to Santiago also runs through this area ..it was so nice to see the signs
 

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Yes Germany is a beautiful country and the people we met were so helpful and so nice and welcoming

A few years ago we walked from Bonn to Wiesbaden...on a way marked path called The Rhinstag ..by the Rhine, above the Rhine and through the forests .... the views were stupendous...

I was so happy to see the Loreley on the Rhine as I'd read about it as a child ....always loved a fairy tale back then!...still do!!
The Camino to Santiago also runs through this area ..it was so nice to see the signs
Annette, you are so fortunate to live relatively close to all the interesting EU and UK countries.
 
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Annette, you are so fortunate to live relatively close to all the interesting EU and UK countries.
Hi Chris,
Yes the UK and Europe H have some beautiful places and walks and each country has its own charm but America also has some beautiful places and scenery too ...and Caneda has some of the best scenery and walking in the world
 

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Hi Chris,
Yes the UK and Europe H have some beautiful places and walks and each country has its own charm but America also has some beautiful places and scenery too ...and Caneda has some of the best scenery and walking in the world
Yes, I've been to many of the outstanding, gorgeous scenery areas in the US and Canada, but we don't have castles and the incredible old architecture of Europe...completely different.
 
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Yes, I've been to many of the outstanding, gorgeous scenery areas in the US and Canada, but we don't have castles and the incredible old architecture of Europe...completely different.
Agree with you on this one and the old buildings and architecture is wonderful, but for us it's the natural scenery of those mountains and rivers that attract us now.

The European cities that we used to visit have now become so crowded is that for us at least, it's no longer pleasurable to go there.
For example, not so long ago one could just walk into the Varican or the Colosseum in Rome ....now it's hours and hours of queuing and shoving
So now we just head into "them there hills"
 

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Agree with you on this one and the old buildings and architecture is wonderful, but for us it's the natural scenery of those mountains and rivers that attract us now.

The European cities that we used to visit have now become so crowded is that for us at least, it's no longer pleasurable to go there.
For example, not so long ago one could just walk into the Varican or the Colosseum in Rome ....now it's hours and hours of queuing and shoving
So now we just head into "them there hills"
Well, our national parks have become just as over run, I kid you not! Many of them now have buses that take you to the highlights as the parking lots can no longer accommodate all the visitors, many on bus tours from other countries. Glad I saw many of them 25+ years ago, because when I've returned in the last 5 years they are so busy...thankfully the beauty is still there.
 

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It looks like a gorgeous, calm day...and just look at that sky!
 

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We headed inland this week rather than the coastal path. There are some well signposted National Trust paths. This one runs to 10k near Kingston Lacey. The poppies were stunning. 20200611_114146.jpg20200611_113737.jpg20200611_112952.jpg
 

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Less than a month ago I had snow all around my house. But now summer is here with temperatures from 25 to 30 degrees C. This morning I went for a walk in the forest along the river, it was good to walk in the shadows 🙂 There were so many beautiful flowers and I had to take some with me back home.F9FB2D6E-EE1C-4705-B03B-48E805E316C0.jpegD629AE2A-0343-448D-951F-B7371A6BF5A9.jpeg88EBC471-75F9-45D6-8556-F9B24B7E8BA3.jpeg7FDF3774-7687-424B-A32E-E6BF2E5B6917.jpeg35A282B8-95B4-4522-B4F5-674648962C97.jpeg3ADDBB34-D401-477F-BE1F-AFDBE03E94EB.jpeg
 
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A short drive and another part of the Essex way...which to begin overlaps with the pilgrims St Peters way ....another day for that

Nice and sunny and not boggy after a few days rain which was a bit surprising
A lopsided footbridge and a very lonely stile ....do we go over it or around it??
A field of nettles
I did pick some of them and they are now being boiled as I read that nettle tea contains a lot of good things!!!!

We will see but I might need to wash it down with a drop of "something"

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A short drive and another part of the Essex way...which to begin overlaps with the pilgrims St Peters way ....another day for that

Nice and sunny and not boggy after a few days rain which was a bit surprising
A lopsided footbridge and a very lonely stile ....do we go over it or around it??
A field of nettles
I did pick some of them and they are now being boiled as I read that nettle tea contains a lot of good things!!!!

We will see but I might need to wash it down with a drop of "something"

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Annette, how can you pick nettles? Ours sting like crazy and the pain lingers... I avoid touching them with my bare legs at all costs when walking on trails in summer!
 
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Annette, how can you pick nettles? Ours sting like crazy and the pain lingers... I avoid touching them with my bare legs at all costs when walking on trails in summer!
Hi chris
These ones sting too!!
I had a thick plastic freezer bag...just put my hand into it and picked them

Where there are nettles ...there are always "dog leaves" .....if you get stung then just rub the dog leaf on the area ...takes the sting away..really works
Isn't nature wonderful
 
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A short walk early this morning, before many people were out and about, and before the threatened rain... Familiar terrain. I took a photo of the replica of a Famine ship moored on one of the quays (Dublin). The sign leading to the ship says: Daily Guided Tours. For the people of the Famine times, that was no tourist activity - it was a desperate effort to find a safe place to live and prosper. A little further on I stopped to focus on the Custom House, a landmark building. There are various links easily found on internet, regarding the origin of the building. Almost home, I took a photo of part of a local building, known popularly as the Cheese Block. Inside, it is actually a lovely surprise of a space, but you can see why it has got its nickname!
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We live beside the Great South West Walk in south west Victoria, Australia. We are very lucky to be able to walk on it as often as we want. Our usual walk from home and back is between 12 and 15 kms, we can make it any length we like depending on how we are feeling and the weather. We have to walk on the road for about 4 kms down to the blowholes, then we can turn east or west and walk along the path on the cliffs. Last week we were lucky to be there when two humpback whales swam passed close in shore and clearly visible;
entertaining us with a display of tail slapping!

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We've been in a heat wave so this last weekend we headed up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire to do some camping and hiking. The first hike was an easy loop in the forest without much elevation gain. We followed one stream up and another down for two hours with shade.
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Walked at the weekend on part of the the 3 forests way
Some clouds but no rain
Passed 2 churches
Lots of daisies and a bank of them beside the wheat fields
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A fascinating cemetery

What is it about cemeteries that we love looking around at
Maybe getting old and realising that it will be our last resting place
And looking at those who have gone before us
One of them had this inscription

"Sheaves after sowing
Sun after rain
Sight after mystery
Peace after pain
Joy after sorrow
Calm after blast
Rest after weariness
Sweet rest at last"
 

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