Londoners, get off your phones and go for a walk!

I recently found out about something called the Capital Ring Walk. This is a circular, 78 mile walk around the outskirts of London, broken down into manageable sections, which I have discovered can nicely fill a Saturday afternoon or an entire Sunday (with lunch break of course). The sections were devised to ensure you start and finish each section close to a railway station and you’ll walk through natural sites along the way including parks and cemeteries.

You can start at any section of the ring, I started at section 2: Falconwood to Grove Park, which was a manageable distance to begin the challenge. If you do this section of the walk in July/August you can expect to see horses in fields and wild blackberry bushes, so take a tub as there are plenty to pick en route. I used maps on my iphone to keep track of my route (as my sense of direction is terrible), but there are signs up at junctions and pathways for a bit of general guidance. It’s a fantastic way of seeing parts of the city you may not have otherwise thought to visit, the exercise will give you a strong heart and the fresh air, a clear head – and the bonus is that you can download and print yourself a certificate from the website once you’ve completed it, providing a sense of satisfaction for your accomplishment!

‘A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.’ Paul Dudley White.

Below are a few photos I took while on my four mile walk…





What we don’t recognise about happiness

I love TED Talks and have made a pledge to myself to watch more of them this year, as I find them so interesting and inspiring. In apparently one of the most popular talks ever ‘The Surprising Science of Happiness’– speaker Dan Gilbert talks about happiness and presents research suggesting a real ignorance we (as a collective) have as to what defines whether we are happy or unhappy. He also discusses how we can produce happiness in ourselves and the fact that we have far more control over our own happiness than we think.