It is no secret that I do a LOT of running. Most of this is done outside in the countryside around where I live ( I hate treadmills with a vengeance) . Mostly I run along a mixture of tarmacked pavements / cycle paths and single track roads.
(A single track road is a road that is wide enough for one car to pass at a time and has passing places along where cars can pass.) Being in the fen we have a lot of these around and I love getting out into the countryside, away from the busy roads. The terrain is also pretty flat for runners (not cars I might add who bump along merrily!)
The last couple of weeks I have been exploring and I have found all these footpaths that I had not even considered before. They have literally opened up a whole new world of new and exciting routes just on my doorstep. I have literally found forests and places that I had no idea existed up until now.
Of course the terrain is sometimes a little harder going and a bit bumpy but that seems such a small price to pay:
As you can see – I could be miles from anywhere but am in fact within about 3 miles from my house. I have seen a lot of lovely wildlife including an owl and many beautiful flowers.
According to the Natural England website there are about 118,000 miles of public rights of way in England. Of these 91,000 miles are footpaths, 20, 000 miles are bridleways and 6,000 miles byways.
Those are amazing figures. I wonder how many of us are like myself and have never really explored even the ones that are on our doorsteps? I really urge you to go out and explore. I have been so surprised by the things that I have found and you may well be too.
Are you like me or do you make good use of your local footpaths?
Do you always run / walk along the same routes without giving the little arrows any thought at all?