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to not get the attraction of Walking

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Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:14:40

Walking as opposed to walking. Getting from A to B on foot because it is quicker, easier or cheaper than other modes of transport? Fine.

Walking 15 miles in one day just for the pleasure of....walking 15 miles in one day. I dont get it. I never have!

My mum is a walker, she considers anything under 10 miles to be a stroll, but because she is so focused on covering the miles, she seems to miss more than if she was driving! She says she doesn't, but at 63 with health issues, there is no way she can cover 15 miles without her head down and powering her legs!

It isnt fun, it isnt entertaining, it isnt particularly sociable either as you have to Walk with someone else who is as miles obsessed as you are!

All of this I wouldnt give brain time to if it werent for the evangelical nature of Walkers! You love it, good for you! I dont, stop trying to convince me that driving to Buxton, walking 15 miles and then driving home is a good day out! All you have done is wasted petrol and energy to end up in exactly the same place you started at! A walking holiday that takes you from one place to the next, I can see the attraction in that. But walking in one big circle from the car to....the car, nope.

AIBU that a) I dont get and b) wishing that those who do get it would STFU about it?!

MistressDeeCee Thu 19-Dec-13 01:21:06

I love walking (not 15 miles though!). It clears my head, I think whilst I walk, its quite green & hilly where I am so its a good, free workout. I do walk whenever I can..I hate exercise generally so I walk, & do mini trampoline. Walk to town centre etc. My mum's a walker too. Walking got me fit quickly after I had my DDs. Youre right, it isnt social but then again, walkers do meet people en route & say good morning.
So... I wont try to convince you then...(but it is better for your health and will do you good, rather than sitting in a metal box stressing about traffic whilst those bloody walkers stroll past) grin

Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:25:07

* I wont try to convince you......but it is better for your health and will do you good, rather than sitting in a metal box stressing about traffic whilst those bloody walkers stroll past*

You see?! You cant help it!

There must be a connection between walking and evangelising! (sp?) If I was a multi billionaire I would fund research into it!

Birdsgottafly Thu 19-Dec-13 01:27:29

Perhaps stop mixing with Walkers?

If I am around my friends that like football and it is footy season, I have to listen to them going on.

The same applies to any hobby, surely?

I like walking, I haven't got a car at the moment and I am looking forward to next year and driving somewhere remote, walking around for about 10 miles and then getting back in the car.

Even better if I am walking from a tent and back.

Try it, you will love it grin

MaidOfStars Thu 19-Dec-13 01:29:27

I live at the bottom of Kinder Scout. Hate walking.

Scarletohello Thu 19-Dec-13 01:33:55

I feel the same as you OP. Boring and pointless. Can't think of a more miserable way to spend a day. Only walk I want to go on is to the pub and back!

Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:34:30

Perhaps stop mixing with Walkers?

I cant, she birthed me! Probably halfway up Snowdon grin

Try it, you will love it

You see?! You cant help it!!

N0llaigSh0na Thu 19-Dec-13 01:35:36

I prefer walking to eastenders or emmerdale or corrie!

Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:36:11

I live at the bottom of Kinder Scout. Hate walking.

Kinder Scout is one of Mums favourites! She would sell her grandchildren to live there, in fact I think I may tell her about you just to see her face grin

NoComet Thu 19-Dec-13 01:38:16

It's 'hill' walking I don't understand. It just hurts, you can google some other masochists picture of the view. It will be foggy the day you go.

Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:39:15

Scarlet The trick is to cadge a lift with Walkers, wait for them in the pub and then get a lift home!

I prefer walking to eastenders or emmerdale or corrie!

I prefer root canal work without anaesthetic to eastenders et al. Just because I dont like walking doesnt mean I am mindless soap junkie.

Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:42:54

star I had a major crush on Ed Byrne until I saw him on of the "Three men in a boat" programs when he was wearing lots of fleece and nylon and being far too overexcited at walking up a hill.....and then walking back down hmm I went right off him. Munro Bagging is not sexy!

MaidOfStars Thu 19-Dec-13 01:43:44

Honestly, the perma-smile gives me TMJ. Hello, how are you? Good day? Any chance you could stop clogging up my high street looking for tea

Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:44:01

Sorry for typos. on my phone

Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:44:27


PariahHairy Thu 19-Dec-13 01:44:56

I agree Bogey, but then again I can't drive so am forced to walk everywhere, or use public transport ofc. The best thing I ever read on Mn was someones suggesting a walk or a trip on the bus as an actual leisure activity grin, there's a driver if ever I saw one.

If I ever learn to drive, I will be one of those people who never walks again and drives 5 yards if they have to move.

Birdsgottafly Thu 19-Dec-13 01:45:23

Part of the attraction is that it isn't sociable.

You are communing with nature, you are at one with the universe, enjoying getting the blood flowing and your mind empty.

There's nothing better than walking over the same patch of ground, season in, season out. You notice every little change and if you go night walking, you like noting it getting lighter 10 minutes earlier and the birds waking up earlier every few days.

Honestly you won't believe what you've been missing out on. This crisp cold air is bliss. My dog sounds like a horse on the near frozen ground.

Ooh, I could wax lyrical for hours.

MaidOfStars Thu 19-Dec-13 01:47:50

Temporomandibular joint syndrome. Basically, cheek ache. Good day, hurrah, like your shoes, mind the stick. Manuel cheek etc

MaidOfStars Thu 19-Dec-13 01:48:58

Smile, not Manuel!

Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:49:35

If I ever learn to drive, I will be one of those people who never walks again and drives 5 yards if they have to move.

I dont know what you mean! I never think about the times I spent 20 minutes in driving rain and gales waiting for DC at school thanks to the bus times. I never look out of my window at the weather and my car and think "Fuck it" and drive 700 yards. Never blush

Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:50:14

Ahh. Smile Ache!

Bogeyface Thu 19-Dec-13 01:51:22

Ooh, I could wax lyrical for hours.

Please dont.

Really. Just dont

BabCNesbitt Thu 19-Dec-13 01:57:10

Yes! I am absolutely with you on this. Utterly uninterested in going traipsing along paths and fields. I recently moved to a town at the bottom of the Rockies with nothing to do but go bloody hiking and everyone tells me how lucky I am to live here. hmm

randomAXEofkindness Thu 19-Dec-13 02:15:17

Agree. Getting somewhere: yes, very good. Walking round in a circle: no, stupid.

My other bugbear is the gear. What is it for? I live on a country road on the edge of Snowdonia. We get walkers past the house everyday - waterproof layers, breathable membranes, gore tex, high performance... maps round their necks, backpacks as big as my fridge freezer - all necessary kit for the serious walker. Or NOT! They usually turn around half way down my road and go back towards the village again!

I feel like shouting at them "What are you doooing?!! I've got my 6 quid asda ballets on and a primark jumper, we're still both going to both get to the fucking post office! Sheesh.

spindlyspindler Thu 19-Dec-13 02:44:44

Haha, my OH loves walking for fun. I like it more than I did when we started going out. I do remember on our first walking holiday having a bit of a meltdown after my foot got stuck in a boggy puddle - I burst into tears and screamed "I don't belong here! There aren't any SHOPS!"

I'm better at it now but I'm a long way from evangelising about it.

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