By: Blonde Two
It was all a bit more relaxed than usual for the Two Blondes and the rest adult team up on Dartmoor last weekend. This gave us time to indulge in wild swimming, a mini tent party and some lively banter. We were discussing trips overseas and they decided to tease Blonde One about going on city breaks as opposed to adventure holidays. This was a bit unfair as I think I have done more city visiting than her this year and she is as adventurous as they come but we all know that us girls have to take a bit of banter from the boys – particularly as we are so good at giving it out.
The comment was particularly ironic as I have spent this weekend up in Bristol having a very city-ish city break myself. I have theories about the amount of walking you do in town compared to the distance you cover on Dartmoor. Shopping, looking for loos and standing around in queues can all be a lot harder on the legs and feet than stomping across a soft, wet moor. If you think about it, you would never walk round and round the same 20 sq ft of Dartmoor but that is exactly what you do in a shop.
Here is typical Blonde Breakdown of the pros and cons of city walking;
1. On Dartmoor, you can go to the loo anywhere you like – literally anywhere if you don’t mind blushing when a walker appears over the hill. In a city, you have to buy a cup of coffee (which will make you want to go again in 20 minutes) or walk back down the high street to the smelly public one.
2. In a city there are people in all shapes, all sizes and with a never ending set of behaviour patterns to sit and watch. On Dartmoor, there are often only sheep and they all look and behave pretty much the same.
3. In a city you can only get a cup of coffee at the same place as everyone else – this means that you may well need to queue. On Dartmoor, you can have your coffee in the middle of a river if you choose to and your stove is up to it – this would definitely have been frowned on in Bristol.
4. You can usually organise a city walk so that it is flat. You can never organise a Dartmoor one that is (oh no, have I just thought of a new challenge for us?) What is more, Blonde research has shown that the first half hour of any Dartmoor walk is always up a steep hill (or maybe that is my legs protesting).
5. You are likely to eat much more on a city walk. See point one about the loos and the coffee – who wants coffee without cake? There are always lovely smells coming out of restaurant doorways and eating is the perfect excuse for a sit down. On Dartmoor, you have to carry all of your food on your back so at least there is some calorie compensation.
I had two really lovely walks around Bristol. On Saturday, we walked a loop of the wonderful Stanfords to look at maps and a variety of fab outdoor shops. I probably annoyed everybody by taking pictures of the ten items on our “Walk Your Own Mile” challenge (see our “Walk Your Own Mile” page) – but I really enjoyed it. On Sunday, we walked down one side and up the other of the Floating Harbour in the sunshine – proving point 5 to be correct by culminating in a giant ice-cream at the end.