Why I love walking

Posted on October 30, 2020 in News

I love walking in foreign countries.

It’s such a sensory way to truly absorb the culture. You never know what you might find around the corner. In Galicia Spain, I loved the granary barns called horreos in Spanish.

These are old storage barns for grain some dating back to the 15th century. They were built on stilts to stop rodents and have slits on the side to allow air to circulate.

It’s these spontaneous discoveries that make you feel you have really engaged with a country and its people.

If you have read our previous blogs you will know I walked a section of The Camino Trail in September 2019. I was scared, to be honest!!

I knew I could do one day of 15 kms but not every day thereafter but I realised, like others have said if you just put one foot in front of the other you get will there. I have had a lot of trouble with arthritis but rather than live around it, I demand it adapt to me and that means when I feel stiff and inflexible I get up and keep moving.

So when Covid  19 arrived I was sad realising the European walks could be a few years off so as soon as the regional lockdown was loosened I was off again and walked some local Trails that we are so lucky to have near  Melbourne including  The Werribee Gorge, The Anakie Gorge, Steiglitz and the You Yangs!  My fitness to attempt these more difficult hikes was built on the Bellarine where the walks are mostly flatter but longer in length and include sand. This builds up the legs and cardio which in turn builds a walking resilience that enables you to soldier on. Once you have more faith in your body you can attempt more difficult walks, and this feeds back into confidence then there is no stopping you!!

I no longer defeat myself now by thinking I can’t make it. So don’t be downhearted if you can’t get to Europe anytime soon. Come to the Bellarine with Footprint Walks and strengthen those legs and cardio output in a beautiful environment. It’s a great place to start your walking life.