What were your walking habits/levels pre-lockdowns?
Pre-lockdown I used to walk to work and back, walking at least an hour most days (unless running a bit late when I would pop on the bus) and I hadn’t realised how important that walk was in transitioning from home to work and vice versa! We’d go for a walk in the Leigh Woods or Ashton Gate every month or so.
Have you increased the amount/distance you walk since lockdowns started?
Initially the amount I walked decreased due to working from home but my walks at the weekend have been a lifeline. We have a lovely dog that we take to St Andrews park every day and a bit further afield on weekends. It’s been brilliant to meet other dogs (and their owners) in a time when connection over the past year has been mainly virtual.
What role has walking played in your lockdown?
I can’t overstate how important it’s been. Like many people, a lot of my lockdown time has been spent on zoom, having even a quick walk refreshes me physically and mentally, and has the potential to give a new perspective on situations.
What’s your favourite route to walk? And why?
We’re so lucky in Bristol to have so many brilliant walks ‘on our doorstep’, but if I had to pick one, I love going to Ashton Court. It’s beautiful, and has the perfect balance of open space, woodland, views of the City and a lovely café! I love how you can watching the majestic reindeer whilst hearing the echoes of Ashton Gate celebrating a goal.
Podcast, music or peace and quiet when walking?
I love walking with my family, it’s great time to explore together, get back to nature and get some exercise. I remember when my dad would take us walking as kids and our walks would be transformed into hunts for witches and trolls, we love to bring some of that same imagination and adventure into our walks together.
Will you maintain walking post-lockdown?
Definitely! We’re going to Northern Ireland in August to explore Tollymore forrest and to walk up the Mourne Mountains. I love walking in all weathers and this past year I’ve realised how important walking is to me and my family.