I come from a family who used to walk to town. At 15 a teacher took us on a school visit to a youth hostel in Snowdonia. It rained every day. The adventure of walking, views, mountains had started. My walking since then has been modest, sporadic, brief. Tagging along with local groups while on holiday has been a joy. Once I met a man who used to be an acrobat. Then there was the 90-year-old man in Yorkshire who had celebrated his birthday the week before with the group, eating birthday cake, sheltering under a hedge.
I am 65, married with three grown up children and two grandchildren. We have lived in Leicester, North Wales and for the past 30 years in Nottinghamshire. Before retirement I had many jobs in community work, training and health promotion. We sometimes walk along the Grantham Canal, admiring the moorhens, coots and swans. We can pick up groceries at Morrisons and carry them back in our rucksacks.
Why did you join the Ramblers?
To walk behind someone who knows the way, the glow I get from knowing that there are good people out there who campaign. The discount comes in handy too.
How long have you been a member?
About 20 years.
If you could walk anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
The coast to coast
What is your most memorable walk?
St Cuthbert’s way. Lindisfarne appeared over the mountains- in the distance, tiny, shining and white.
What is your most treasured piece of walking kit?
My Brasher Boots. They become my footwear of choice every day during the winter.
Have you ever got lost on a walk?
Yes. We had the Cicerone. The towers of San Gimignano had disappeared, there was a wood, wild boar lived there, (said Cicerone) the undergrowth rustled, it began to rain. Then we found a road, we could see the towers. There were ice creams and red wine in the village.
Who would be your ideal walking companion?
We used to send invitations with our Christmas Cards to all our friends & family to join a New Year Walk, ideal companions.
How do you relax?
Kitchen table, friends, family, food, red wine .
What is your favourite meal?
The masala dosa made in the Shivali, Leicester with the friends we always go with.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
I do like the Archers’ omnibus.
What music would you like played at your funeral?
"First we take Manhattan" (Leonard Cohen)
Sum up your personality in three words.
A bit quirky.