I grew up on Merseyside but life really started when I crossed the Pennines to Leeds in 1972 to train as a doctor, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leeds University. Since qualifying I have worked in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham hospitals staying at QMC Nottingham for 28 years. Thankfully I am now retired. I met my husband at Leeds and this year we celebrate our ruby wedding; we have a son and a daughter. I am a very keen family historian and have traced my family back to the late 1700’s, I am very interested in how they lived their lives. I am fascinated by art and history generally and I do history courses with the WEA and enjoy visiting ancient sites and art galleries on holidays.
Why did you join Ramblers?
When my children were small I worked part time,. However, as the children grew up, I decided I could move to full time work. I joined the Ramblers to provide some relaxation and exercise to counteract work-related stress.
How long have you been a member?
Where is your favourite walking destination?
I am an enthusiastic trail walker and particularly enjoyed the Dales Way in Yorkshire and the Northumberland coast on St Oswald’s Way.
If you could walk anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
I plan to do the Camino de Santiago at some point.
What is your most memorable walk? Offa’s Dyke Path.
What is your most treasured piece of walking kit? Paramo coat, GPS, compass and the map of course!
Have you ever got lost on a walk?
Yes, on the long trails. I remember on Offa’s Dyke there was a forested section where the Forestry Commission were cutting down trees and had diverted the path; this resulted in me walking back in a circle – not very good when there are 15 miles to do in a day!
Who would be your ideal walking companion(s)?
My great-grandfathers Richard and James and my greatgrandmothers who were both called Sarah as I think their lives must have been really challenging and I would like to listen to their story.
How do you relax?
Spending time with my family.
What is your favourite meal?
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
There is no reason to feel guilty about pleasure, but I do enjoy chocolate.
What music would you like played at your funeral?
Well I won’t be there to hear it but I do trust that my son and daughter will choose something that they find suitable.
Sum up your personality in three words.
Good at planning.