Thursday 3 January 2019

My Walking Year

Hello Lovelies,
how are you all keeping? Life is busy here but thankfully there is still time for walking.  As we leave 2018 behind I thought I would share a few images from some of my favourite walks last year.

In late January I was finding snowdrops at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. This first spring flower is so special don't you think.

In February my sister in law and I did a canal and riverside walk to the pretty village of Sutton Bonnington in Leicestershire, where we stopped in a cosy cafe to warm up.

In March the "Beast from the East" arrived and I enjoyed walking with members of the family who normally avoid such activity. Familiar places were made extra special with a dusting of the white stuff.

In April my walking group headed to Belper in Derbyshire. It was the gloomiest of days and all the lovely views were hidden in a mist. We asked the leader to do the walk again next year as it would hopefully reveal all the hidden vistas.

In May I did a solo walk in the Outwoods in Leicestershire. Is there anything more magical than a bluebell wood? This first picture is my desktop background on my computer and it always makes me smile.

In June Mum and I had a two day break in Yorkshire and I did a couple of very special walks. Firstly on the moors above Holmefirth, where I felt all nostalgic for the landscape of my childhood. The big views and bog cotton, the hidden valleys with tinkling streams and curlews.

Then on my birthday we headed into the Dales where I explored Goredale scar and Malham Cove. Such a stunningly beautiful Limestone landscape.

By July we were experiencing the hottest summer since '76 and it was bliss to spend a week lazing on the beach in Dorset. This early morning walk to Old Harry rocks with Eldest was a highlight of our holiday too.

In August myself and a friend lead a Peak District walk for my walking group. We started in Winster, heading for Stanton moor in search of Heather, then encouraged a bit of rock climbing on Robin Hood's Stride :0)

In September I was wandering around the gardens at Calke Abbey with another friend.

In October my walking group were enjoying the rolling Leicestershire hills again.

Then in November the Autumn colours were gorgeous on this group walk...ummm...somewhere. I've gone a bit blank on this one :0)

In the short days of December my group stayed closer to home and wandered by water in Nottingham.

This was the fourth year in a row I have challenged myself to walk 1000 outdoor miles and happily I just made it once again.

In 2019 I will be doing it all again ( I've already started....just 995 miles to go! )

2018 was quite unkind to some members of our family health-wise. It makes me appreciate being able to get outdoors and walk even more. Who knows how long I will be able to enjoy this exercise. As the saying goes ..."hike while you can".  I feel very lucky I still can, so I am.

Jacquie x


  1. Indeed it is a blessings to have good health to do hiking. I enjoyed every one of your photos. It's so cold here in North Dakota that I like the vision of those sunny hills on your photos. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2019!

  2. Hi Jacquie, I enjoyed seeing a recap of your hiking year. I have arthritic knees so can't hike like you do.. so I'm glad you are able to do all that you do.. you are very lucky!!
      *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Oh I sure loved seeing all of your walks again. Doing while we can here 😁😁

  4. Happy New Year to you Jacquie! Lovely photos as always and definitely keep walking as much as possible as it really helps to keep arthritis in check (people are always surprised when I tell them I have lived with arthritis since my 20s!).

  5. I love your blog and all your wonderful photos! A blog is such a lovely way to remember all the good things that happen in life that we seem to forget so quickly as soon as something not so good comes along. Happy New Year and Happy 1000 Miles! Best, Jane x

  6. Beautiful summary of a year. Happy walking x

  7. Loved the year in review photos...wish I could be there on those walks.

  8. Wonderful photos through the seasons. I'm wishing you much happy walking in 2019 and a very Happy New Year. CJ xx

  9. What gorgeous photos! Loved seeing all the places you walked and so glad that you are able to do so. Such wonderful memories!

    Blessings - Julie

  10. Thank you so much for your post! I love seeing your pictures. I feel like I've gone walking along with you and seen all these amazing places.

  11. An absolutely delightful post, Jacquie, with very beautiful images! Happy New Year to you! xx

  12. I have followed your walks all these years with a bit of envy. I've looked for a local walking group to join even....I live in the middle of the US. There are extreme hikers in my area that do some pretty rugged mountain hikes but nothing even close to my beginner level.

    So I at least try to get out & walk every day around my home & truly enjoy seeing all the beautiful views that you share.

  13. Loved seeing all the places you walked and so glad that you are able to do so. Such wonderful memories!


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