Where I live, there are lots of places to walk. Being Norfolk, flat and rural, there are plenty of quiet lanes and footpaths that can get a bit muddy, especially in winter, but thankfully do not turn into mountain hikes!
This is a bit of one of my favourites. It’s a loop and it takes 20-30 minutes, depending on how fast I walk and whether I bump into anybody to chat to on the way! During lockdown I walked this route every day. I turn right out of my house, walk to the end of the road, then up past the pub and the bus stop. Then opposite the church, there is a footpath across some fields. Sometimes there are pheasants, and there are often squirrels at the end where the trees are. It the end of the footpath, I turn left along the road, then left again and I’m back on my road. That bit of the walk reminds me how much the village has changed in the time we have lived here. There are new houses everywhere!
Another of my favourite walks involves going up past the pub like the other walk, but instead of turning left, I turn right into the churchyard. Then I have a choice! One option is to turn right and walk past the horses, then across a small field, then across the park and home again. In winter I only go that way if I’m wearing wellies! Although it’s been less bad this year since they’ve given over half the path to horses and half to walkers.
Instead of turning right I can go straight on for a bit, then over a little bridge and across another field. The path comes out onto a road that has horse chestnut trees that start turning brown horribly early in the year! If I turn right there, I end up at the park again and then home.
If I haven’t had enough of a nature/ mud fix, I can go straight on along another footpath.
If I’m not a muddy/ losing wellies in big puddles kind of mood, there are lots of quiet lanes not too far away.
Going a bit further, bits of King’s Lynn are nice. There are some interesting old buildings and you can walk along by the river. There’s also a big park, which if you walk through it, leads to a footpath along what was once a railway line. There’s a wood on the outskirts of King’s Lynn, and Sandringham and the coast aren’t too far away.
I’m spoilt for choice! I probably don’t make as much of it as I should. I love Norfolk.
What is it like where you are?