Thanks Chris, yes I know we are pretty lucky here to have so many green spaces and public rights of way just outside London in which to wander…..and indeed in the whole of the UKAwww, thanks, Annette for the "like"! Nothing like all the beauty you are near outside of London and within 6 hours in all directions you are practically in heaven. It takes me a two day drive to get to the Rocky mountains or a 3+ hour flight!
We have many country forest preserves within a ten mile radious and I definitely walk them occasionally. A few weeks ago I posted a few photos from our hike in my favorite state park in Wisconsin, a 2.5 hour drive away. Another stunning area is a six+ hour drive away...the Porcupine Mountains state park In Michigan.Thanks Chris, yes I know we are pretty lucky here to have so many green spaces and public rights of way just outside London in which to wander…..and indeed in the whole of the UK
you mention the Rocky mountains…..are there any countryside walks near you, or within, say, a ten mile radius?
one of your photographs looks very like some of our walking tracks
Your Sunday walk looks very pleasant.Circular walk of six k. Drove to the next town where there is a small forest. Perfect for some shade because temperatures were already in the mid twenty Celsius. Too hot for my liking. Give me a wet spring Camino anytime!
But glad I walked this route. Even with the high amount of grasspollen.
At the entrance there is also a nice playpark and picknickarea.
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That is so exciting! I’m planning to do a portion of that trail later this week, but am not expecting to get anything like the views shown in your pics. I’ll be rooting for you! Do let us know how you manage.On June 24th I will be attempting to complete the whole "Baden-Powell Trail" near Vancouver, Canada in a day. The trail is 48kms in length with about 2600 meters of elevation gain up and down the coastal mountains.
The last couple of months I have been hiking sections of it and have done all of them just waiting for more snow to melt.
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I'm currently doing the London Loop. Third of the way through. I did the Capital Ring last year. An excellent walk.Apologies if this is in the wrong place, I was only made aware of this thread in the recent Forum Digest. It relates to last year but the 2020 thread has been closed and I do want to give a shout out to the London Loop.
My plans for 2020 had included walking La Ruta de Pedra en Sec across Mallorca in May/June and continuing on the Ruta de la Lana (Cuenca to Burgos) in September after a week on a beach with my other half on both occasions. The high rates of infection in Spain and the 14 days quarantine on return to England put us off and we postponed both trips. Some time in August, Portugal was briefly removed from our quarantine list. We seized the window of opportunity to get to the beach for a few days in September. Without planning it, my morning run from Cascais to the ocean took me along part of the Caminho (with an 'h') de Santiago and Caminho de Fatima. I hadn't planned to walk in Portugal but rather to undertake the West Highland Way in Scotland as soon as we got back home. Unfortunately while we were in Cascais Scotland put Portugal on their quarantine list (swiftly followed by England a week later but we were back in Blighty by then). I started to make arrangements for what was now about Plan F - the Coast to Coast from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood Bay in Yorkshire - while we were still in Portugal. Then the Rule Of Six kicked in. This meant that all dorms were closed with the inevitable consequent hike in hotel prices. In the Lake District National Park you had to make a reservation for two nights - never mind the single supplement. I moved on to Plan G.
A few years ago some Aussie friends of ours were returning home to Sydney and gave me their London Loop guidebook. They were very enthusiastic. They'd done the walk over a number of weekends throughout the year. I tried to look interested but cannot help feeling that my eyes must have glazed over and my nodding appear mechanical. I had a hundred and one things that I'd rather do than walk around London. The guidebook made its way to the bottom of the barrel. By September I'd reached the bottom of that barrel and it was either that or paint the kitchen!
In brief the London Loop is 150 miles (240 km) within the M25 motorway along a green corridor. You start in Erith in Kent on the Thames estuary work your way clockwise, south, west, north and back east to Purfleet in Essex. The guidebook breaks the walk up into 15 daily stages but you could do it in less than that. I mostly ran in the mornings and walked in the afternoons after a couple of lunchtime pints and got around in 8 days. The route takes you through countryside, parks, woodlands, marshes, along canal towpaths, rivers and waterways, some residential areas and past a number of historic sites. You get to see how the other half live (Chislehurst and Hadley Green), any number of historic buildings and churches, old gunpowder factories, the oak under which Wilberforce and Pitt The Younger debated the abolition of the slave trade, the deer park at Hampton Court, the Grand Union Canal, the site of the Battle of Barnet, locks, Elizabethan hunting lodges, the concrete barges that towed the Mulberry Harbour over to Arromanches, the occasional view back over the city and many other things besides. Plenty of birds, including pheasants, and aquatic fowl.
My Tube pass covered almost all the Tubes, trains and buses I needed so I was able to return home at the end of each day and go back the following morning to resume where I had left off. The upside of this was that I only needed to carry the smallest of day packs. A sandwich and a piece of fruit for lunch, the guidebook, a camera, as well as a reading book (it took me up to an hour and half to get to and from my daily start and finish points). I was also incredibly lucky with the weather - eight days of Manchegan blue skies, so I didn't even have to carry any waterproof clothing.
The only bleak spots along the way were Hayes in Middlesex and Turkey Street in Enfield - and I commiserate with anybody who has to live in either.
I was rather disappointed to discover that a good number of the pubs listed in my guidebook had closed, been bulldozed or now had flats where they once had stood. My disappointment was exponentially increased when this discovery coincided with lunchtime!
The London Outer Orbital Loop may not be Spain but it was a good Plan G.
There's an inner loop, The Capital Ring, which I plan to do when lockdown is over and the weather gets better.
KirkieDoes opening the back door count, and walking a few steps? I did actually walk this morning but took no photos. However our neighbours have just donated a wonderful garden parasol. We have a yard that gets lovely sunshine in the summer. Yippee! It is like an outdoor room! So simply happy! It will not stop me from heading out for my at least 10,000 steps daily, but I will actually start praying for sunshine from now on!
Do you know what those blue dashes are in the dark night sky?I’ll add my bit to the longest thread of all time. I haven’t walked anywhere noteworthy lately but this is where I start from in just under 8 hours, at 6 am. I’ll be walking by the sea for 11-12 hours, 46 km, passing some spectacular scenery along the way. And at this time of the year it’ll be just me and the sea all to ourselves. Perfect!
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Doughnut NZ,Today is my birthday and it has finally stopped raining so I went for a walk along Takapuna Beach after enjoying a Mochaccino and a Pho for late lunch. Along the walk I spotted this nice Scallop shell and so, of course, I took this as a sign that I should be posting my walk to this forum and bought the shell home.
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Thank you, it is a poignant day for me. My Dad chose my birthday to die, as his mother did for him. As a result I tend to celebrate with family prior to my birthday while spending the actual day doing things on my own.Yes! Happy Birthday! A special day to be thankful for everything!
Happy birthday @Doughnut NZ!My Dad chose my birthday to die, as his mother did for him. As a result I tend to celebrate with family prior to my birthday while spending the actual day doing things on my own.
I have visited both areas and loved it...I need to go back!
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The trip was to celebrate our anniversary; the scenery was almost as lovely as my wife.
We saw so much beauty and majesty, but there's just something about the famous, 250+ yrs old lone cypress growing from the rock: a stoic, resolute sentinel keeping watch from its vantage point above Monterey Bay.
Very cool. Twins!Well you’d never have guessed it, we have a very similar coastal trail here called The Great Ocean Walk, which follows the South West Coast of Victoria for 100 km. It too goes inland through dense forest and via rugged coast and some gorgeous beaches.
You wouldn't like the weather here much - 46C yesterday!Perfect for some shade because temperatures were already in the mid twenty Celsius. Too hot for my liking.
Trecile,You wouldn't like the weather here much - 46C yesterday!
I've still been doing my daily 9 km loop from my house. Just a little bit earlier in the morning than usual. I set out at 4:30 this morning. It wasn't necessary to start quite that early, but I wanted to start before the sun rose - it reminded me of early morning starts on the Camino in the summer.
There is usually some suburban wildlife around.
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I'm way down in Southern Oregon, far from Mt. Hood, but that area had record breaking heat, so I'm sure that a lot of snow has melted. Fortunately the temperature dropped 10 degrees C today - only about 36.Trecile,
Great wildlife photo. Is Mount Hood melting now?
Stay cool and Carpe diem.
Peter Fransiscus,Yesterday we visited the "Zaanse Schans"
In its 18th and 19th century heyday, the Zaan region was an important industrial area dotted by hundreds of windmills producing linseed oil, paint, snuff, mustard, paper and other products. Many of the Zaanse Schans' characteristic village houses are now museums, gift shops or workshops while others are still used as private residences. Some of the Zaanse Schans' remaining windmills are also open to the public.
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It's a beautiful mill and you have a other beautiful mill "De Zwaan" in Holland.
Oh Sabine,My middle of the road pics after Annette'' most recent gorgeous ones.
Citywalk through Tongeren. Oldest town in Belgium. Also on the Camino.
Temporary exhibition about daily life in the Roman Empire.
Pieces from the British Museum.
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Aah you Danes, you are such a civilised peopleA different local walk: A Saturday morning stroll through the center of Copenhagen – with a little “tourist information”
A view towards “Gammel Strand” (Old Beach) along Frederiksholms Kanal/Canal. Though close to the city center it is quite peaceful on a Saturday morning. The square building in the center is Thorvaldsen’s Museum. Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) was a famous Danish/Icelandic sculptor and the museum was built (1839-48) to exhibit his works.
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A view with Christiansborg Slot/Castle to the right. It was built 1731-1740 by King Christian VI but there was actually a castle there as early as 1167. Today it is the seat of the Danish Parliament. The building in the background with the pointy, spiral tower is “Børsen” built by Christian IV in the 1620s as a commodity trading central.
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D’Angleterre. Originally built in the 1750s, burnt down to the ground in 1795 (in the ‘Great Copenhagen Fire’) and rebuilt in the early 1800s. Today the most luxurious and iconic hotel in Copenhagen.
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Nyhavn. This old part of the inner harbor dates back to 1671 and is one of the most visited ‘tourist traps’ in Copenhagen. Every (every!) house along the street is a bar/restaurant and during summer it is totally crowded every day.
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The ‘Storch Fountain’ on ‘Strøget’ (the longest pedestrian shopping street of Copenhagen). The Storch Fountain became famous (notorious?) during the 60s and 70s as a symbol of the ‘hippie-movement’ when, for some reason, young people with long hair and guitars tended to hang out around it singing songs of love, peace and harmony (I was one of them).
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The City Square with the City Hall. The current City Hall was built 1892-1905 as number six in a row of city halls the first of which was built in the early 1400s. Two prominent Danish architects (Martin Nyrop and Anton Rosen) competed for the contract to design the building, and Martin Nyrop won which was a bad blow for Rosen, who was a professor of architecture and considered himself top of the heap. Martin Nyrop insisted that the building should be constructed to the highest standards of craftsmanship, and it is indeed a magnificent building. Everything is beautifully made: The floors, the ceilings, the doors, the wall paintings.
Soon after Anton Rosen was assigned to design the Palace Hotel (1907-10) which is the building with the tower to the left. This too is a grand, beautiful building. On each of the four sides of the tower there is an antique decoration. You can’t see it on the picture, but the decoration facing towards the City Hall depicts a nude male figure partly turning his back to the City Hall. The story goes that this is Rosen’s revenge for losing the contract to Nyrop: From the City Hall you will for ever have a view to a back and a nude behind
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Why not end this leisurely city walk with a small lunch on Hviids Vinstue, one of the oldest bars/restaurants in Copenhagen established in 1723.
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“Argh ! “ The dog says … . “Not sure about the wobbly bridge… but the water is definitely calling me ”. .. …. nice day out Sabine.
So it wasn't 2021, but 2020 "Covid era, so I think it counts". This thread seems the perfect opportunity to share it as I loved it so much!!! We hiked The Foot Hills trail that is a trail that either start in Georgia and end in South Carolina, or start in South Carolina and end in Georgia. If you do it you'll spend a few hours in North Carolina as it enters and leaves it before returning to South Carolina.Hello everyone and Happy New Year!
Looking forward seeing your pictures and stories behind it.
Annette, I have been to both Glendalough and Wexford. I have been to Blarney castle and you probably have been too...we both have the "gift of gab" and I didn't even kiss the stone.First Glendalough, (Gleann- da - Lockha)…valley of 2 lakes and a place of pilgrimage amid stunning scenery in a glacial valley
Founded in the 6th century by St Kevin as a place of retreat, the entrance is via a double gateway..the only example of its kind in the world.
some buildings are intact whilst others are in ruins
the tower is 100ft high and the door 12 ft off the ground and reached by means of a moveable ladder which those inside could pull up after them to prevent an enemy from entering the tower
Phoenix and ChrissyI have returned yesterday from a 5 day trip to Sedona, Arizona with a good friend. We hiked every morning for 3-4 hours in 90° temps, but at least no humidity. The huge red rock shapes are outstanding; such a nice change for us Midwestern flatlanders. That's me in the vertical picture.
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Chrissy,I have returned yesterday from a 5 day trip to Sedona, Arizona with a good friend. We hiked every morning for 3-4 hours in 90° temps, but at least no humidity. The huge red rock shapes are outstanding; such a nice change for us Midwestern flatlanders. That's me in the vertical picture.
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