January ~ New Challenges.

The first few days of 2018 have been a bit of a wash-out. Its rained alot here in Clitheroe, plus I started the year with a stinker of a cold. 😦 Happily I felt much better by the weekend ,so I have decided to start the New Year with a New Challenge!  Inspired by fellow blogger  Christine

 , I signed up to the #walk1000miles challenge organised by Country Walking Magazine.  Walking 1000 miles in twelve months seems like a HUGE thing, but actually it’s pretty do-able, if you split it into sections. Walking 3 miles a day,  every day would mean that I’d complete the challenge easily. I have joined the #walk1000miles facebook group for tips and friendly advice. Should be fun! 

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Weekends are definitely the best time for a good yomp around the countryside. On Saturday Wil, Hugo and I walked from Clitheroe to Mitton and back via Standen Hey. We stopped for a coffee at The Aspinall Arms, and because it was morning, we were the only customers, and got to sit next to a roaring fire. πŸ™‚

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Managed to squeeze through this gate!
Hugo at The Aspinall Arms in Mitton.

Yesterday dawned one of those gorgeous clear frosty days. Ideal walking weather!  In the afternoon we visited my sister and her family in Cowark and walked the 3 miles to nearby Whitewell. Another Country Inn beckoned before we headed back through the beautiful Forest of Bowland countryside.

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Roe deer.
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Above Cowark.

I’m proud to say those two walks, plus shorter weekday dog walks as well as  walking to work and back everyday, added up to 26.5 miles. So I am well on target!  I am using the Samsung Health App on my phone to record the distance, thanks to Christine’s suggestion. πŸ™‚

A few ticked off The Bucket List.

Another challenge for 2018 is to cross off a few more entries on my 25 Before 45 Bucket List which I wrote a couple of years ago. I don’t think I will manage to cross everything off, as I will be 45 this year. Big eeeek! I’m not sure where time goes. The photo above captures a few things I have done since starting the List ~ Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk, Photograph a Kingfisher, Harrogate Turkish Baths, Hugo in a dog show, Llama Trekking and East Lancs Rail Ale Trail. 

Still to do include ~ Swim in a Lido, stay in a bothie, see the Northern Lights, Learn to crochet, Make an Honesty Box Meal and have Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23 in Manchester.  Wish me luck! 

Have you set yourself any challenges for 2018? 


18 thoughts on “January ~ New Challenges.”

  1. Good luck with your challenges, you’ve got some interesting ones there πŸ™‚

    It’s been gloriously sunny here over the weekend – it is today too – but I’ve not really been able to take advantage of it as son went into hospital on Saturday morning so I’ve been spending time going to and from there.

    Would be interested to know where you did the llama trek?

      1. Gisburn Forest was on Country File which is a forest not far from me in an area known as The Forest Of Bowland which covers much of Lancashire. The forest of Bowland aonb is not actually a forest but the name of the area since times of old.

  2. Good for you to walk and get fit and enjoy such lovely countryside and nice-looking villages. Those goals sound fun, although I am completely unfamiliar with β€˜Honesty Box meals’. Happy new year, or at least β€˜happy second week of new year when folks might be a little tired of new year’–!

  3. Thanks Donnalee. An honesty box is when farms and growers sell food in a little box on the side of the road, usually with a tin to put your money in. You have to be honest and pay as there is usually no one with the honesty box, they are relying on your honesty. πŸ™‚

  4. Such a lovely post. Loved reading about your walks. Had to laugh at the sign on the gate!! The Facebook page is so inspiring for future walks! So glad you decided to join in. πŸ˜ƒ Good luck with your bucket list! You have some good things to look forward to xx

  5. I would love to do the 1000 miles challenge. I was considering doing it this year, but as we’ve still not moved house yet I still don’t have the free time for walking! I do plan to see how many miles a day / week it would require when we do finally move but most likely, I might try it in 2019… or see if I can 500 this year perhaps.

    It’s such a great challenge, I look forward to reading of all your walking adventures throughout the year!

  6. I’m looking forward to seeing your adventures too, & I’d love to think I could do that sort of mileage, but I don’t have any fancy phones, pedometers or such. I’ve thought about a bucket list, so mine would have to be before I’m 70 & I do have a few things I’m aiming for, but sure nobody would really be interested. Have fun & take care.

    1. I try and see my blog , just as much for myself as others, so if you do have a bucket list, do put it up. I should love to read it. I think you can buy pedometers pretty cheaply you know and even smart phones are not that expensive these days, with lots of interesting free apps. X

  7. I’m sure 1000 miles will be easy for you guys – especially if Hugo has any say in it. Seems to me that while you’re doing your 1000 miles, you also might be able to fit in 1000 pubs πŸ˜‰ xx

  8. You’re off to a great start! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 1000 seems a heck of a lot but I’m sure I must do at least that amount. Having said that I’ve spent a fair bit of time on my butt when the weather’s been miserable (no fatties! tee hee πŸ™‚ ). I’ll have a look at the Facebook page out of curiosity. I’m back to the Algarve on 27th January. Counting down, though we have had a couple of nice crispy days.

    1. I reckon you could do it easily Jo and you probably already do. 😁 That sign did make me chuckle, though cheeky or what! Crisp cold days would be nice indeed. Xx

  9. Love the challenges Shazza! I recommend you deffo give crochet a go. Hook up with a local knit & natter group and you’ll soon be on your way. Be warned – it’s totally addictive! I guarantee you won’t be able to pass a charity shop without popping in to see what’s in the “wool tub”!

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