Good morning everybody and welcome to a new week where you can start the day with a little history lesson as I take you for a walk along my most favourite of places – The Ridgeway and offer you a touch of history as we do it.
The picture in the header is a professional picture of a piece of Neolithic history by the name of Wayland’s Smithy. It is a Long Barrow and Chamber Tomb dating from as far back as 3590 BC named by the Saxons who settled in the area over 4000 years after the original site was built. It was named after a Norse Smith God by the name of Wolund with ties to other Norse references. Please do read the Wiki link for more information.
The Ridgeway is part of a National Trail. Below shows Wantage to Avebury in detail for you to understand the trail a little better than my lame descriptions…!
So the walk as ever started on the Ridgeway when we got out of the car and realised something was missing…. I had left Archie the Dog at my mothers house!! Argh! I had to turn the car around and pick the little critter up because there is no way we could start a Ridgeway walk without my little man….
And so once he had been collected and deposited on Terra Firma, we set off to find an adventure.
And it wasn’t long before our leader was soon established.
And the usual scenery was being enjoyed.
This is along the Ridgeway travelling from East to West as it takes us through many parts of history including the Uffington Castle and the Whitehorse as discovered by Archie and I in Monday Reports Of Sunday Walking Madness. We decided that on this occassion we needed to go a little farther down this track and try to see what else is on the path to Wayland’s Smithy
That includes you little Archie….
When you have quite finished having a paddle.
Anyway, as the walk continued I began to notice a little discomfort in my heals and even though I knew I was suffering from some blisters because of walking in some new shoes the day before this walk, I carried on regardless and enjoyed all I surveyed.
And eventually we arrived at the place I wanted to investigate.
After passing a signpost that made it quite clear what was expected of the visitors.
But when we arrived at the site, it was a quite breathtaking to consider that it is nearly 6000 years old.
The stone facade and tunnel is the entrance into the burial chamber.
Although now it is sealed off from prying eyes.
And just to try to get a scale of the place I took a couple of long shots.
And because Archie decided to take a quick sit down on the ancient monument.
I decided to do likewise and take the weight off for a moment.
After which I took what can only be described as the money shot of the entire walk.
So after a little piece of history, we were on our way again but unfortunately it wasn’t long before I was forced to stop and take a look at my blistered heel.
Quite sore for sure, so I changed the dressing and headed back towards the car with the sun on our backs, after having only achieved a distance of 4.5 miles on the outward stretch.
Admittedly I did have to stop once more along the journey home in order to change the dressings as it was by this time becoming quite an issue.
But eventually we made it back to the car and then home and boy was it good to get those boots off and let some air at my little feet. So the moral of this story has got to be, do NOT wear new shoes for ANY distance the day before you want to go for a hike along a National Trail!
Anyway, apart from the horror of my feet, I hope you enjoyed yesterdays little piece of history.
FOOD DIARY:Saturday 19th September 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Breakfast||2||75gms||Rye Bread Toasted||286||7.4||72.4||2.2|
|Lunch||2||83gms||Chilli Salmon Fillet||416||40||8.4||24.6|
|Dinner||1||100gms||Baby Pearl Potatoes||79||1.7||16.1||0.3|
|1||90gms||Barnsley Lamb Chop||250||15.84||0.1||20.7|
|1||100gms||Chestnut Mushrooms in Piri Piri and Chilli Sauce||35||2.5||5||0.2|
|3||Mini Muffins||Egg, Cottage Cheese and Ham Mini Muffins||390||54||12||12|
Well as you can see by the numbers attached to that Lion Bar, the day was lost at elevensies when it was taken with a cup of tea. Not the best decision for sure. I honestly had no idea it was so heavily filled with carbs and calories! It is even worse than a Mars Bar and I was horrified by one of those when I last had one a few months ago. The day continued to type and for some reason I found myself hungry for the entire day so I fed the beast and put the hunger to back to sleep. Yesterday was much better (but only because there was a great walk to burn up the calories I shouldn’t have eaten….)as you will find out in the morning
So as far as the exercise goes, I think the lengthy walk described above certainly took care of my calorie burning requirements. The Map My Walk screenshot shows the distance covered and timescale. I imagine we would have been quicker had I not have been limping for the bulk of the trail.
Still, regardless of limping, my Jawbone Up2 still counted my steps and at over 22,900.
I am not sure what exercise will be taken today as the day will be spent filming an update to the BBC South today program that started to follow me back in January of this year and then I need to attend a couple of meetings so that will pretty much put paid to the day. I imagine this is an ideal way to spend my time though as the blisters on my feet will be preventing me from really getting my teeth into any exercise for at least a couple of days. Still, keep an eye open for the next media driven post from the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet…
Stay out of the fridge.