Shanks' pony

There are plenty of phrases for walking; shanks' pony and mooching being my favourites. For me, it's the art of wandering about taking in the sights, smells and sounds of the outdoors. I've found it quite addictive over the years to the chagrin of my pension pot but as my better half reminds me, there are no pockets in shrouds.

However, as usual there is a but.

My but is I wish I had kept a log of all my walks over the years and miles, it would be hefty tome by now. But (another one), I console myself in the knowledge that I was there. I came, I conquered (most of the time) and went home happy, and with all my rubbish. Sadly, not everyone can say that.

The walks below are just a few areas I have had the pleasure of discovering. Once the skill of map reading is mastered, the world or at least the area covered by the map, is your oyster – which is strange as I'm not too keen on oysters…

Please note: have an online map covering the British in detailed Ordnance Survey maps. A great way to peruse a walk before purchasing a map or two (see below).


It's February 2021 and hopefully it will soon be time for some blue skies and green fields. If, like me, walking around the garden has got a little stale now, here's a few maps and guides to help you find pastures new in the south-east and further afield.

Happy moochin'.