W is for…

I’ve taken on the challenge of an A-Z during April – one post each day on a chosen theme. My theme? Books and writing, of course…

W is for Walking

Walking is my favoured exercise. It connects me with nature and clears my head at the same time as I move my body. Multi-tasking at its best.

I’ve always had a desire to walk a very long way and did that with both The Routeburn Track and Milford Track. After Milford I declared, however, that I was never ever ever ever going to walk a very long way again if there was a mountain involved.

Just as it does with childbirth the pain has faded and is being replaced with a feeling that I have unfinished business with this long distance walking thing. So I’m looking for a new challenge to aim for – and possibly write about.

I was considering doing part of the Camino del Santiago – apparently, the French part is pretty – but I’ve also heard that there’s a lot of highway walking involved with the Camino.

Other than that, the following are on my list of possibles:

The Cotswold Way. This 164km track – running from Chipping Camden in the north to Bath in the south – is apparently one of the most beautiful you’ll do. Plus, you can do it without carrying too much – there are services that will take your gear to the next stop. And there are pubs. Proper English ones.

Then there’s the Ridgeway – said to be England’s oldest road. It runs for 139km from Wiltshire along the chalk ridge of the Berkshire Downs and down to Salisbury. There’s lots of real history along the way- as in stone circles, castles, hill forts, and other relics from the bronze and iron ages through to medieval times and beyond.

Also in England is the South West Coast Path. Running from Somerset through Devon and Cornwall and around to Dorset this path stretches for over 1000kms. Naturally, I only want to do parts of it. The coastal scenery is striking and stories of smugglers and shipwrecks abound. This is Poldark country.

There are also a few I’d still like to do in New Zealand:

  • Holyford Track – there are no mountains in the middle
  • Able Tasman Track
  • Queen Charlotte Track
  • Another one that I can never remember the name of that involves you staying in cottages on farms…it will come to me…

In Australia there’s the:

  • Cape to Cape
  • Cradle Mountain
  • Bay of Fires

My issue? My husband is not the least bit interested in doing any of these. I could possibly persuade him to do parts of some of the ones in England, but I’m not confident about that. Anyways, 2020 will be the year for another long walk…I just need to decide which one!

What about you? Have you done any of these long-distance walks? Do you know the name of the one in NZ I can’t remember?