As I have said before – I LOVE walking. There’s something about one foot in front of the other, one step at a time, that brings such absolute calm and clarity to my often pretty crazy mind.
When I was visiting my friend at Oxford in November 2012, I had probably the best, most relaxing walking vacation of my life. Jordan was often busy with school and classes (Oxford!) so my day would be spent walking around the countryside.
And if there’s one thing England does better than anywhere else, it’s walks.
The best thing about the town where I was staying (Yarnton) was that I had access to a few of England’s public footpaths. So I walked from Yarnton to Oxford, a distance of about 8km (5 Miles). I walked along the Thames when it is tiny and full of house boats.
This was in November, by the way. Not that you can tell from the GORGEOUS sunny blue sky.
My recommendation if you choose to visit the English Countryside? Public Footpaths. The signs look like this:
Romping along allows you to feel like a heroine in an Austen novel. You get peace of mind, exercise, and views like this:
If you’re really good, you might even get to sneak into property that you didn’t know you could get on to. For instance, I walked from Yarnton to Woodstock, and then over to Blenheim Palace. There is a back entrance to get onto the palace grounds, one used by locals and is a) public and b) NOT illegal.
I used it to get onto the grounds, arriving at dusk, and capturing a beautiful sunset as it fell across Blenheim.
So walk. Walk as much as you possibly can. Find the footpaths and walk until you feel whole again. With how my work has been going, I have wanted nothing more than to walk to be walking along these paths again.