We’re officially half way through the meteorological summer and are now well accustomed to the weekend BBQs, late night sunsets and sunny morning drives to work. Summer means wearing our favourite dresses, jetting off on holiday and attending fabulous shows whilst sipping on a glass of Pimms. Summer is by far my favourite season as I love nothing more than being in the sun with my camera in hand and a picnic in my backpack.
Being a wedding co-ordinator, summer is also my busiest period at work. Looking after approximately 25 weddings each summer means lots of appointments and weekend work which can become a little stressful. It’s important to find time to switch off and relax whilst spending time with my other half, Kieron. Our busy schedules often mean we don’t get chance to see each other during the week. Weekends off together are very precious due to conflicting calendars, so when we get a chance to spend some quality time just the two of us, we often spend some time walking together.
Living in Lincolnshire, we have beautiful scenes right on our doorstep and it would be a crime not to make the most of them. Country bumpkins at heart, we often decide to wander along the many public footpaths from one village to another. Sometimes we can spend a few hours out and about, other times we just have an hour to kill and enjoy a relaxed stroll. I have to admit, sometimes I’m guilty of being lazy and remaining glued to the sofa watching Netflix, however I don’t think a day has gone by this summer where Kieron and I haven’t enjoyed some time outside – rain or shine!
Walking is proven to be good for us and is a key ingredient of a healthy lifestyle. It releases chemicals in the brain including serotonin, endorphins and dopamine, all of which lead to happiness and stress relief. What could be better after a busy and challenging day at work? Personally I find it very relaxing to share all of my daily news with Kieron as we walk hand in hand throughout the Lincolnshire countryside. It’s a great opportunity for us to catch up and share our thoughts with each other. The beauty of walking means we can go at a leisurely pace or opt for a speedy stride – either way, we are still exercising and spending time together.
Kieron and I have spotted all sorts of interesting sights on our walks this summer including deer, hares, rabbits, sheep, horses and lots of other beautiful wildlife. It’s been lovely to watch the summer develop with the fields, trees and plants around us blossoming. This has proven to be great for photography practice and we’ve captured some stunning scenery. Walking at different times in the day has also allowed us to see some lovely scenes from vivid sunsets to wild rabbits enjoying their brunch.
Walking really is a great opportunity to see fantastic sites and improve your health. In this day and age we’re all too guilty of spending too much time on our phones, watching TV or laying in bed. I guarantee it feels far better to get out and exercise than it does to eat your body weight in pizza and watch a film! Whether you walk individually, with your other half, family or friends, it’s always a bonus to feel good and experience something new whilst adventuring on a new route.
Do you walk often? Do you recommend any places to walk in Lincolnshire? I’d love to hear all about them and hear your thoughts.