Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

A gloomy winter walk

In an attempt to improve my mood so I don't feel so stressed and irritable, I a) logged out of Twitter and b) went for a 3.5 mile walk.

I hadn't planned where I was going when I set off and ended up walking a little further than I intended, but I felt a lot better when I got back and also slept better last night.

I went up the opposite side of the valley to where I've been walking recently. I headed up the hill and decided to do a walk I haven't done for some years. Also it's a circular walk and in the past I've always walked it anticlockwise, but yesterday I went in the other direction. This made the walk feel a little weird and I even began to doubt that I'd taken the right road because I was failing to recognise anywhere. This may have been partly because they'd been felling trees, so the view was more open.

I was pretty sure I was going in the right direction, but it wasn't until I got to this point that I definitely recognised where I was.

Misty mountains

My confusion was also due to the fact that I'd forgotten exactly how long the full circuit was because more recently I've been walking part way round and then returning the same way. I'd been thinking I was going half way, but it had been much less!

The road home

As I walked, I did notice quite a few footpath signs pointing away from the road down interesting looking tracks, but I know better than to try to explore a new (to me) footpath without a map. Something for the spring when the weather is better and the days are longer. It was pretty gloomy by the time I reached home, though it was only around 4 p.m.

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