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My 4 year old son is obsessed with trains so when his nursery was closed last year, we spent many a happy hour touring the bridges of our home town and getting to know our local area in a new way. Nothing would make him happier than to get a toot and wave from a train driver while we waved enthusiastically from the bridge! We developed our own set of nicknames for each bridge, most of which were coined by my son, and those are the names included on my map, The Bridges of Urmston.
One of my favorite walks in any season is through the historic village of Kinderhook in upstate New York. The village was home to the 8th president of the US, Martin Van Buren, and today has a great mixture of history, agriculture and art. The center of the village is very pedestrian friendly with sidewalks and a bike/walk trail that takes you on a quiet stroll past orchards & farms.
I live in charming little town call Aylmer in the province of Québec next to Ottawa (Ontario province) the national capital of Canada. The fun with this town is the fact that we live right next to the National Gatineau Parc. Outdoor sport is part of our daily life. The French Quebec province also offer plenty of lovely restaurant, coffee shop (crêpe et croissant) and a cute market during weekend.
I love the village I live in because it is surrounded by nature. Just above my house, there is a path leading to an awsome lookout point (and a huge virgin overhanging the village as well -hence the potential redemption ^^). I often walk here, even more since the lockdown. There is no place I feel better than here, admiring the landscape amongst the trees. I love walking around the main street of the village too (ok ok, there is only one street :D).
Laddie is our spunky 12-year old Cockalier who loves to explore the sandy road and fields near our home in Virginia's Northern Neck. This stretch of the road is bordered by farmland and wetlands and a fantastic variety of animals are usually out and about. Squirrels, bunnies, deer, turtles, and birds are regular sitings. One lucky day we spied a fox! Every day is a feast of new sights and smells!
Since March 2020, my family and I have been quarantining in our house in order to help control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. I'm working from home, my kids are attending virtual school from home, and our cats are enjoying every minute of it. During the colder months, when outside walks were less pleasant, we measured the distance around our home and calculated how many laps were needed to walk a mile—94.2—enough to make you very dizzy, and extremely bored. We all hope to get back outside soon!
This is not a typical glorious walk where one might discover sunshine and greenery, nor the smell of blossoms and summer breeze. This map is a walk of memory and history.
Considered as the last fishing village of Hong Kong, one of the best way to immerse oneself amongst the historical ambience of the village is to take a 20-minutes boat ride. The collage style of the map is a representation the bits and pieces and present imagery of the village. Stilt houses with programs that ranges from residential homes, restaurants to abandoned huts. The village is a complex mixture of new and old, past and present.
A walk around a nature reserve tucked in a northern city. These little woods have been the set for my children's imagination. During lockdown, they have travelled to deep dark forests, taken Winnie the Pooh to 100 Acre Wood, flown to the moon, stomped out a bear hunt and searched for treasure island.. We have seen birds and bugs, followed footprint trails and rabbit poo! Collected feathers, all the colours of leaves and precious rocks. Then watched the geese come and go. A lovely place for city dwelling babies.
Here is my map of my renewed appreciation for the green spaces surrounding the town that I live in. This town used to be the centre of British glassmaking. Now, only one glass cone survives in Wordesley, which you can walk to along the canal towpath. Stourbridge is surrounded by green belt area and you can walk from one green or wooded area to the other easily on a nice day, ending the day with the best fish and chips you will ever eat. You are always sure to make dog friends with a few good boys along the way!
As the world’s first Garden City, Letchworth was created with both of those two attributes in mind. A place for hustle and bustle of city life with restaurants, coffee shops and all the local shops you’ll need, nestled in the expanse of green open spaces with trees, parks and leisure facilities all around.
My husband and I live in a remote mountain valley in Eastern Oregon with our German Shepherd pup and our kitty. We are always looking for beautiful walking spots with lots of steep hills (so that our puppy can get all of his energy out). This loop is the perfect mix of challenging hills made worth it by breathtaking views of the valley. It is a great loop to run as well. On especially beautiful days it is worthwhile to keep climbing up through the huckleberry and rosehip filled forest to the top of the hill where you can linger and take in the 360 degree views of snow capped mountains and Ladd Marsh.
This map illustrates the walking trails right outside my backyard. The trails are an endless journey of gardens, fields, bugs, birds, ponds, streams and beauty.