This project started out over ten years ago now with a plan to write a book; I wrote first drafts of over twenty walks, but then progress stalled, amid challenges such as how to deal with maps for a commercial project and other ‘real life’ things that had to take precedence.
So why revive the idea now?
During the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown, our daily exercise walks have been a true lifeline, allowing us to get out and enjoy the spring weather for an hour or so provided that social distancing is observed. My son and I have taken full advantage, seeking out quiet places close to home, perhaps stretching the time limit a little now and then. The good it has done for our physical and mental health and wellbeing can’t be overstated, and in some ways I have felt more connected to the daily changes in the spring wildlife than I would have normally.
Over the years, I have got to know a great many hidden corners of the city and attractive wild spaces, and my experience of lockdown has made me want to share some of that knowledge with you. I have decided to finish and release my walks, fully updated and illustrated. I have even added a few more walks to the list that I didn’t know about when I embarked on the first version of this project back in 2009.
When we could reach one of my walks on foot from home, or when we could combine our daily walk with an essential journey to another part of the city, my son and I began walking and photographing some of my routes. Since the Government has begun to ease lockdown restrictions, this has got a little easier to do.
I am now in a position to launch this web site with six walks completed. Check out the Walks page for the full list. I hope to be adding more very soon.
The walks I will be sharing you have a particular character, favouring places where the urban meets the wild. For more information, see the About page.