Walk fatboy, walk!

I’m 43 years old and 22 stone. a few years of being in fairly sedentary jobs (bus driving and now sat in front of a computer) I have piled on the weight. I used to be fairly slim but broad shouldered and at 5′ 10″ and a bit – a good height. I don’t want to be fat any more and want to get active before health becomes a serious issue. I’ve been saying to myself for at least a year that i want to get back into walking and lose weight but now i mean it. I’ve signed up to Country Walking magazine’s #walk1000miles challenge for this year and am planning to do the Cleveland Way national trail in daily sections as well as walk from station to station on the Esk valley railway from Middlesbrough to Whitby in stages too. I can also do 2 mile walks in my lunch break too around the industrial estate. Here’s to a slimmer fitter me! This time next year ….!

Walk 1000 Miles Challenge

The Live For The Outdoors forum has a challenge to walk 1000 miles in 2016. Apparently that’s an average of 2.74 miles a day. I’ve signed up for this as a bit of a motivation to get me moving and not be as much of a couch potato. I can easily do a 2 mile walk in my lunch break and do an extra walk or two on a couple of evenings or at the weekend. The link to sign up is here.
Being a bit of a geek / nerd I’ve also set up a little spreadsheet just to record how many miles I walk each day.
Probably most of my walks will be quite boring as I’ll be walking round the industrial estate where I work or around town. Fortunately I still have a couple of other ‘challenges’ that I set myself last year that can fit in with the Walk1000 one. One is to walk the Cleveland Way national Trail in daily sections. The other challenge is to walk the Esk Valley Railway from Middlesbrough to Whitby from station to station following the railway line by using paths etc as close to the line as possible. Once past Nunthorpe railway station the way is rural, with a lot of walking in the North Yorkshire Moors national park.

Introduction to Wild Camping | The Outdoors Station

An interesting podcast about wild camping / bivvying from The Outdoors Station.

No 377 – 10 Years Reflection and Introduction to Wild Camping | The Outdoors Station | Podcasts to inform, inspire, entertain and encourage people to enjoy a healthy outdoors lifestyle#comment-66853.

Bivvying is something I am tempted to do again. The last time I bivvied out I was a teenager. We (about six of us from a Boys Brigade unit) bivvied out at Osmotherley near a place called Cod Beck Reservoir on the North Yorkshire Moors.  I had a stone for my pillow and once we were settled down it started to snow! I think the following night we ended up in a pig sty / barn with the farmers permission and the conditions there was no drinking or drugs or owt like that!

James Cook Station Official Opening Ceremony

Today, 18th July 2014, James Cook Station was officially opened by Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport. Dignitaries from Northern Rail, Network Rail, South Tees Health Trust and Esk Valley Railway Development Company were also in attendance with local radio stations BBC Tees and TFM recording interviews for possible future broadcast. A train arrived at 10:32 from which many dignitaries got off and Baroness Kramer pulled back a curtain to reveal the newly named train “Captain James Cook Master Mariner”.
Once the train had departed to continue its journey to Whitby, a further unveiling of a plaque on the platform railings took place. Baroness Kramer gave a short speech crediting and thanking the various organisations that worked together to make the building of the new station possible. Photo opportunities and interviews then commenced after which there was small reception for invited guests.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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