When ever I visit friends and family outside of London I am surprised by how much they use their cars. They do it because they have to or because they can – a journey to the shops simply involves pulling the car out of the driveway and a short drive down some country roads until they reach the town square, where they swing into a free parking space and trot to the shops. Whereas in London, a trip to the shops involves all sorts of parking restrictions, expensive car parks and potential road rage situations.
Driving in London has been made so difficult that we have decided not to bother owning a car any more, as it’s easier to use one of the amazingly simple car sharing schemes if you need to drive for any reason.
But to be honest I am glad, really glad that I hardly ever need to use a car in my daily life, as over the last few years walking has become one of my very favourite things – and here’s why………..
Walking allows you to get somewhere while exercising – what’s not to like?
Walking allows you to check out new and interesting things in your neighbourhood – I am always discovering new shops, cafes and restaurants on my travels.
Walking enables you to get fresh air on a regular basis – even in a city – it’s good for your soul.
Walking in London is often actually faster than taking public transport if you know the short cuts and if you don’t you soon find out.
Walking means it’s perfectly ok to look in peoples windows at dusk.
Walking allows you to take your dog to work – which is better than taking public transport -particularly if you have a really large dog like me.
Walking your dog allows you to meet new people, London dog walkers are lovely friendly people who are always up for a chat.
Walking alone enables you to clear your head and think things through – the longer the walk the better if it’s a particularly tricky problem.
Walking removes you from technology – as it’s dangerous to use your phone when walking in London as you bump into things.
Walking enables you to experience street life and all of its eccentricities – particularly in Hackney where everything happens all the time to every type of person.
Walking enables you to experience nature – even in the city – there are amazing parks, marshes, cemeteries, birds, foxes, sun rises and sun sets to experience, but you need to be outside to see them.
In short I love walking, particularly with my dog and fully intend to carry on walking as much as I can, well into my old age.