A country walk to blow the cobwebs away

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A much needed breath of fresh air in Wiltshire.


Over recent weeks I’ve struggled to do much outside physical activity with the kids. The dark nights, poor weather, social engagements and preparations for Christmas have all intervened and made this difficult, despite living minutes away from the glorious leafy countryside of Surrey.

Last week, an opportunity presented itself. It wasn’t much of an opportunity, but it was one the family seized with both hands.

The previous day we’d been at my brother’s wedding in Wiltshire. I was loosely familiar with the area, it being an hour or so away from where I grew up and I knew the countryside was suitably stunning.

Mrs Adams and I had already decided we wanted to go for a walk before the drive home. We had, shall we say, enjoyed the hospitality the previous evening and the kids had a late night (you can read about our adventures hiring a childminder to look after them for a few hours here).

I had spotted what looked like a magnificent public footpath at the side of the road near our hotel. As we drove past I was delighted to see I was correct. We pulled up and got out the car for half an hour or so.

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The view from our walk; glorious Wiltshire countryside, even if it was a grey day.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera with me so these shots were all taken on my phone. It was also quite a grey day. The view was great but imagine the panorama on a bright sunny day. I think it would be amazing.

Anyway, the kids got to run around for a bit and burned off some energy. I noticed there were bird boxes on many of the trees which I pointed out to the girls and many of the trees looked like something out of the Harry Potter films, they were so old and majestic. Truth is, I do love a good tree.

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To many, simply a tree. To me, a thing of extraordinary beauty.

Mrs Adams and I also got the fresh oxygen we needed for the journey home. It wasn’t any more than a brisk country walk, but it was much needed. As a country boy forced to live in exile in the suburbs, I live for views like this. It made my day and I can still see it now in my mind’s eye.

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9 thoughts on “A country walk to blow the cobwebs away”

  1. Sounds like a lovely walk and nice to get some fresh air in your lungs. I am craving something similar at the moment but like you say difficult at this time of year with so much going on! I love a good tree too and that one is very majestic. X

    1. Delighted to hear I’m not the only one to like a good tree. It was a short walk, but it felt so good. Very much needed indeed.

  2. I’m so glad you managed to find the footpath and give yourselves that half an hour blast of fresh air, the photos really do convey the pretty scenery in a wintery way and just the perfect thing to set you up for a long car journey. thank you so much for sharing with me over on #CountryKids..

  3. I do enjoy a good tree myself!

    Do take a look at my new linky – days out with a toddler- and see if you’d like to link this or another post up there! =)

  4. I know what you mean about needing to get out sometimes. It’s definitely harder with the dark evenings and busy days. Looks like it was a good walk (and I see a face in that tree)

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