If one is to go on a walk, there should be a purpose to that walk. It might be to get a different destination, to see a particular attraction, or to test ones fitness, but there should always be a goal.
One of my favourite reasons for going for a walk is to blow away the cobwebs after a big night, ideally with a hair of the dog at the end.
We did just that over the Easter holidays. My dear friend Glyn, who I have known for more years than I care to think about, came to visit with his girlfriend Gemma.
His trip coincided with that of another old friend, Becky, and her family. Neither Glyn or I had seen Becky for about 20 years, so there was much catching up to do. Over lots of wine and cheese, of course.
Consequently, the next morning there were a few sore heads (here I shall make a smug face and say that for once I was not one of them as I had been very well behaved). While the others stayed in bed and groaned, Glyn, Gemma and I went wandering.
We set ourselves a goal – to walk the 7km to DeeDee’s bar in Champagne Fontaine and drink beer in the sunshine. DeeDee is a lovely old lady, edging towards her centenary I would say, who runs a cute little bar out of her lounge. And she serves cold, golden beer, out of a tap – just the refreshment you need after walking off a hangover.
And a great walk it was too. It took us past Donkey, up onto to the top road that offers sweeping views of the countryside. Then off-road for a bit, alongside a small turquoise lake and small woodland, before bringing us out by the chateau in the village.
A few cheeky beers later, we set off on the way back – this time sticking to the main road, but the views were still lovely, and we managed to see a cheeky coypu sunning himself by a pond. Happy days!