If you’re at all interested in walking and ever lived in Britain, you’ll know all about public footpaths. I never gave them much thought until we moved away. I suppose I imagined that every country allowed its citizens to walk all over the place free of charge, even across private land, just as I imagined that everyone had some version of the NHS.
But they don’t. And now that I’m back, I really appreciate this great gift. I walk most days even if only for half an hour some days, and it’s nice to be able to get off the road and away from the traffic. The path near us is called the Harrogate Ringway and it’s about 20 miles long in total.
I just do bits and then loop back home, but I thoroughly enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the countryside, even on grey winter’s days. Where we live now isn’t the most scenic place in the country, although it’s pretty enough, and yet I always feel nourished by the time I spend out on this walk. (Can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to moving to our new house, which is bang in the middle of countryside to die for).
Here are some photos from this morning’s walk along the Ringway footpath
The path continues across more fields if you climb these little stone steps, but work was calling and I had to leave that part of the walk for another day.
What about you? Are you a walker who appreciated public footpaths when you were living here? Or are you like me, and planning to make more of them if you move back?