>> Monday, September 19, 2016
When I was moaning at a consultant about wanting to do a marathon and my knees being the biggest worry, he said very earnestly "Is it not enough to know you could do it? You could you know! Now don't do it!"
But it's not enough to know is it. I at least wanted to prove to myself I can do the distance, if not the running.
Rutland Water is ideal for the proving, it's a 24 mile walk on good paths with only the gentlest of occasional hills.
There are ospreys here. Bird watching has always been a thing of mine, I considered just staying at the reserve for the day!!
But I set off and immediately felt a bit daunted by the prospect of what lay ahead.
But the weather was perfect, cloudy and just warm.
As there was then quite a long length of path by the road, away from the water and fairly dull.
Luckily I took 2 weeks worth of Archers episodes to catch up on to see me through.
I had a rather sore right achilles heel but I took some pain killers and went for it, it would seem a shame to come this far and not do it properly.
There was hardly anyone around, only 2 other walkers for at least 5 miles (and this was a bank holiday weekend) and very few bikes.
The fields are undulating and there are lovely views over the water.
There really aren't any facilities on this walk once you are past Barnsdale, so I braved a port-a-loo in an anglers car park - not recommended!
Once I was back on the road out of the peninsula it really felt like the home straight.
The whole route is well sign posted and only a couple of times I was wondering if I had gone the right way but a sign always popped up to confirm it.
I beat the rain back to the Nature Reserve car park by running the last mile.
It was a good day, well worth the effort.