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Senses: Touch

Senses: Touch

Wash your hands after touching anything. Or better still, don’t touch anything, and then wash your hands anyway. My permitted walks have become an exercise in crossing stiles without making contact. And immediately dousing myself in hand gel if my concentration lapses and I accidentally brush past a leaf. And human contact has stopped altogether. I’m not one for hugging every person I pass in the street but an element of touch does come naturally to us. We shake hands…

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Should I put the heating on?

Should I put the heating on?

As we move further into Autumn, the topic of conversation across Britain turns to putting the heating on. Much like Brexit, this can spark furious debate in homes and offices across the country. I like to hold off as long as possible, both for the sake of the planet and my wallet, but also because it encourages you to be more active. A quick half hour run at lunchtime warms me up no end. Followed by a cold shower (or…

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Lakes of the Lakes : Wastwater

Lakes of the Lakes : Wastwater

If it’s scenery you are after, it doesn’t get much better than this walk around Wastwater. ROUTE STATS (including map) Wastwater Back in 2009, you weren’t alone if you suffered from the ‘Avatar Blues’ – feelings of sadness after seeing James Cameron’s blockbuster film. The comparative mundanity of our immediate surroundings on Earth and the belief we can never experience the utopian alien planet of Pandora left its mark on some. Avatar is set in the future at a time…

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Senses: Sounds

Senses: Sounds

As I write this, the usual soundtrack of keys tap-tap-tapping is not alone. It’s a mechanical intrusion on the nearby waterfall, the soft scurrying of a cheeky squirrel, the honking of geese and the evening chorus of birdsong settling down for the night. I can hear the breeze rustling the leaves on the trees. A moorhen chirps. There’s a whisper among the leaves – perhaps the hedgehog which came to visit the other night – and then splashing as some…

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Senses: Smell

Senses: Smell

On a recent family break to the Scottish coast, I overheard a lady taking a deep breath before smiling and saying to her teenage children, “I love that smell”. There was such feeling in those four words. It was a beautifully clear day. A gentle breeze wafting the aroma of the sea into her nostrils. No doubt evoking memories of childhood holidays, paddling in the sea, ice cream dripping down the sides of a cone, seagulls screaming overhead… of life…

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Plastic not so fantastic

Plastic not so fantastic

Often, the only sadness we feel after a day’s walking is that it had to end. You drive away, clinging on to the views, the space, the clean air, as you catch a final glimpse of the distant peaks in your rear view mirror. This sadness is only fleeting, as you take comfort knowing the mountains will always be there, waiting for your return, and thoughts turn to your next adventure. This familiar sensation was present after completing the recent…

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