Finalist with Newbie Blog Award!

I am very proud to say that my blog got me finalist in the Newbie Outdoor Blog Award.

Thank you to Shaun at Simply Hike for sorting out the award and the fantastic communication, my first ever trophy, and a very nice one at that!

My walk blog is probably going to wrap up now for summer and as the walk is over I feel it wouldn’t be worth me carrying on writing, but I might just pick it back up at a later date with a new adventure, so keeps your eyes out! Enjoy your summer everyone and thanks again for all the support, it has been an incredible journey.

Goodbye for now x

And so the walk is done.

You know what… missing Glastonbury, camping for nearly 6 weeks and wearing the same clothes day in day out has ALL been worth it. It has been a week since I completed the walk and I still feel very strange being inside so much and not on the road with the map and bag. I think I need a little more time before I can actually say wow well done Hannah you have walked over 400 miles. And all that money you guys donated! I truly feel so happy to be apart of the TWOWEEKS team and to say I walked for them, I know I keep going on about it and all the thank you’s and all the waffle but I feel so over the moon that little ol’ me walked all that way, it brings a tear to my eye 🙂

And so now back to reality, what to do with the rest of my life? All my energy for the last 6,7,8 months has been in planning the walk, the route, the training, eating well, learning about nature, how can I put all of this into practice and use it for the rest of my life?

Many things to think about, I think I could go walking some more perhaps? Who knows…

The last 3 miles of the day… 

So I’m just walking to Retford at the moment. I have a pretty decent path and I’ve only about 3 miles left to do. I thought I would do a little update whilst walking. Something to kill the time. 

Today has been rather nice. The Suns been out keeping me company along the road side. The roads were a bit killer today, lots of trucks and no path this morning. 

I am very much looking forward to getting back to London but I am also not wishing this to be over to quickly as it’s been a big eye opener to see how the rest of the UK live and putting things on the map in my head.  

There’s just something so nice about walking it’s strange. I feel very attached to it.  Very calm and at one when I walk along the road. Even if I feel tired or bored I still find it ok to walk. I’m not hating it and I don’t think I will get to a point where I hate it. Even if I am exhausted I will still walk. After all tomorrow brings a new day and I carry on until the end. 

Here are a few snaps from my time so far on the road. Some that I’ve missed from the beginning and some recent memories.

  

                                       

And the sunshine came out

oh we have had a lovely couple of days of sunshine and tomorrow they say it is still going to be lovely again. I have ever growing strange tan lines, the sock lines are the most flattering 😉 

The middle part of the UK is rather dull not much to differentiate one day from the next lots of sweet country villages and windy roads to navigate round. Very pretty and sweet but not where I would chose to actually live. I am missing London today I must say. 

So the last couple of days I walked a variety of some days alone and some with my dad and some afternoons with my mum. It’s all just going very well really. My feet are happy little walker feet. My face is brown and rosy and the tent is now up and back in action! Well the new one. We purchased an Out Well, much better. No offence Vango but your Icaruas tent was pretty shite. We are much happier and I am really growing attached to my little house and roll matts. 

All in all a happy, simple few days and really looking forward to having a day off to take photos, not to stop walking of course. I could walk forever… My feet just want to keep going and going. Maybe my next walking adventure will be The Great Wall of China? 

I am just about to go to bed safely wrapped up in my sleeping bag. We face the outskirts of Leeds tomorrow as we are currently just East of the main city. Keeping as rural as possible. 

Happy Hump Day! X

   
        

A slight path alteration through a few fields under and over a few fences across a river. Usual    

One of my favourite flowers

     

The daily feet regime 

That passing moment…

I often find myself in these special passing moments with others. On the train, in the supermarket or just walking along the road. We talk and we laugh and we share joys about our lives. Then the moment has gone and I never see them again. We are so busy living and constantly moving onto the next task that we don’t stop to think or communicate with one another.

So when I feel I have brought a little brightness to another’s day I feel content.
Maybe I have an approachable face or my current inner happiness shows. Whatever it is. I enjoy it and we should all stop for a moment, once in a while, and just appreciate others humans. Come out of the bubble and look around you. After all we are all living on one planet and getting along is much, much more enjoyable then fighting.

Just thinking aloud…

This morning I met a man that enlightened me. I felt uplifted in seeing the good work he does out in South Africa, it brought me back to the reality of why I am doing this walk in the first place. It has made me want to write a little… so here goes…

I often get rather bogged down on the nitty gritty, let’s remember what this walk is actually all about, why did I start this in the first place?

Kids that need support, that do not have a family, a mother to hold their hand and pick them back up when they are low, they are the ones that I am walking for!

Someone asked me the other day “What will you do when you are so low and want to give up?” Well all I have to do is think these kids cannot just give up, they cannot just walk away from what is happening in their life so why should I? All I need to do is get up and walk, then sleep and eat, and then just get up and walk again and again until it is done. Simple, right?

I have this overwhelming drive and inner soul that is always wanting to escape and I think some people think I am one big joke. “Is this girl for real?” I am for real, I am not a joke and I have so much to give.

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Thank you for reading, maybe today is your day to stop and make a difference?

Make your own energy bars!

Granola bars are a great blend of fruit and nuts held together in a tasty, chewy package that will travel well in your day bag or jersey pocket.

The great thing about these homemade energy bars is that you can use fruit spreads as part of the paste to bind everything together, giving it more taste and more natural sugars too.

Ingredients

  • 80g butter
  • 80g honey
  • 40g pear and apricot or prune spread
  • 80g dark brown sugar
  • 120g jumbo oats
  • 30g walnut pieces
  • 30g sultanas
  • 30g organic dried apricots
  • 30g pumpkin seeds
  • 30g sunflower seeds
  • 30g linseeds

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 190°C. Now line a 20cm round (or square) baking tin with greaseproof baking paper and thinly grease the inside of it.

2. In a large saucepan melt the butter, honey, fruit spread and sugar together on a medium heat, stirring until dissolved. Now bring it to the boil and cook for two minutes so that the sugar caramelises, making it a sticky sauce.

3. Add the oats and mix well then add all of the other fruits, nuts and seeds. Give this a good mix, then pour it into the cake tin and pat down with the back of a metal spoon. Then place the tin in the middle of the oven.

4. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until set. If it starts to burn before then, cover it with foil. Once ready just turn it out and leave to cool on a rack, then slice into wedges to suit your appetite.

Chef’s tips

This is a sweet snack thanks to the honey and fruit paste, but most of the sugars are slower burning fruit sugars so you shouldn’t get a big rush/crash from these bars. Oats contain lots of soluble fibre that helps to regulate sugar release so this balances well with the sweetness.

This recipe does contain a lot of different ingredients so try shopping in a health food store that sells by weight so you can just get what you need. Alternatively, if you don’t want to buy all that, just pick your favourites and add more of them, or swap the fruit paste for more honey, the walnuts for pecans and so on.

As long as you get a thick, firm mixture to push into the cake tin you should find it’s still super tasty.

Thanks guys, will definitely be trying this recipe out 🙂

My new Hena obsession

I have started to get absolutely obsessed with Henna. I got myself 6 cones off eBay and I am Henner-ing at every minute I possibly can, I am running out of skin to Henna! I know this isn’t really walk related but it does inspire me and keep me creative. Enjoy my Henna images, I am getting better day by day.. I mean I am not good… yet, watch this space!

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