I have recently been splitting my time between mountain walking and lower level walking. The lower level stuff has almost exclusively been with a history theme attached. The other week I went out and about around Brecon visiting a Roman fort, an Iron Age hill fort, a motte and bailey castle and looking for Roman roads. This weekend I have also had a history theme, this time taking in an Iron Age/Roman promontory fort, a WW2 pill box, a Saxon hunting Lodge, a Neolithic burial chamber and a Roman harbour!
Ok, I have always had a love of history and archaeology but have found recently that combining this interest with walking is utterly absorbing and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Dont get me wrong, I love my wild places and the solitude they offer but recently I have had a hankering for connections to the past and to the people who lived here before us. I can see me doing this more and more and inventing history walks that take in as many points of interest as possible is fun in itself. Is this a new avenue for me or a sign of middle age inevitability?!
To be honest, it doesnt matter as I am really enjoying mixing my walks up at the moment. Now where did I put my cardigan and pipe…….?