I like to get out into the countryside as much as possible. I lead walks for 3 meetup groups in the North West of England. You get to see the countryside, get some fresh air and have a chat. As one of the hikers on last nights walk "Macclesfield Forest & Shutlinsloe" said "Occasionally, rarely, everything conspires together to create a perfect walk. Like this one. Terrain, weather, people, scenery, interest, sunset, pub. One to remember." The are we visited was once part of the Royal Forest of Macclesfield – where wild boar, deer and wolves were hunted in medieval times.
I got some help on the walk from a local who knew some local history and points of interest. Since we both knew the route I was able to lead or back mark the walk. This allowed me to chat to my fellow hikers and not worry about the pace or whether people were keeping up. The midges and flies plagued us at the start but once we got onto the moorland where there was some wind they disappeared. These shared walks and experiences help to ground us and bring us closer to nature.
Pictures were taken by myself and other members of the meetup groups I was leading.