This weekend we participated in a 21 mile challenge walk called the Silverdale Circuit in Cumbria/Lancashire. It was neat to explore a new area of the country and some of the views from the paths we were on were beautiful. The weather was also very kind to us, however, as with the last challenge walk we did in January, I felt very rushed to finish before it got dark. This feeling was exaggerated, particularly at the beginning, when there were lots of people around you also seemingly rushing along as well….
In the end I’m pleased we finished so quickly – 6.5 hours and well before the 5pm deadline – but I don’t think I could have walked any faster than that. I was also happy with the place we stayed in while we were up there which was just a short walk to the start of the walk and I particularly enjoyed the Chinese takeaway we had on Saturday night after the walk.
But please remind me not to sign up for any more of these walks! I spent a good few weeks worrying about my ability to complete the event in the required time. I was similarly anxious last time. Coming up to the event, I was dreading it and although it turned out not be as bad as I thought, I am glad it is over… Another negative was that I didn’t take any pictures which is one of the things I like most about walking – I decided against carrying the camera that distance and I also thought I’d probably be too rushed to stop to take pictures anyways (correct assumption).
On the positive side, I liked the area so much that I have suggested to the Palm Hill planning committee that we might go there again in the summer in the campervan and spend a bit more time exploring.
On the way home, we took the coast road through Blackpool and Lytham St. Anne’s. That made a change from the motorway although the tide was in so there was no chance of Stella getting on the sand no matter how badly she wanted to…