I wanted to share the final stats with you about the project before I start talking about some of the other things that came out of the walks (mainly because it gives me an excuse to play with a big spreadsheet). I also threw in a little Q&A session for some of the most commonly asked questions I get about the walks.
At the end of the post, there is a video I put together for you too. It is not the fanciest thing you’ll ever watch, but it was quite exciting to see it all come together.
So Here We Go!
It seems fitting to start with all the totals because they look huge and impressive…
- Total distance walked: 399.80 miles
- Total distance on Thames Clipper: 3.84 miles
- Total distance if I cheat and add those two together so I break the 400-mile mark: 403.64
- Total number of walks: 65
- Total walking time: 175 hours : 37 minutes
- Total word count on blog: 64, 487 words
In the category of Longest/Shortest we have: Continue reading
You can find the map for today’s 5.74 mile walk here. 38 days until the Congestion Zone Ends Party! Follow on Twitter for more updates.
I loved this walk immensely. I am writing this post after having done two walks since, and I still get a big smile when I think about this one.
I went into Mayfair with a lot of ideas about what the day would be like and I was totally wrong. I learned two big things: Mayfair isn’t as snobby as you might think and there is art everywhere. I had no idea about either of those things.
Compared to the rest of the West End, I have spent much less time in Mayfair than anywhere else almost entirely based on the fact that I thought I wouldn’t feel welcome here, walking around being my totally average self. I hate shopping, I don’t wear heels, I don’t seek out sparkly things, I never wear makeup, I have never been in a Bentley and I certainly carry my own luggage when I travel, normally on my back.
For those reasons, I have avoided a lot of this area and that was really lame of me to do. One of the things I love best about London is that I really rarely feel judged or unwelcome. I walk confidently into places feeling like I have a right to be there. Rather than get a turned up nose from the staff, I end up chatting with them, learning a lot and laughing a lot. So I don’t know why I was so worried that this part of town would really be different. I broke my rule of “If something intrigues you, check it out” because I was so worried I would be judged and gently escorted out. Silly me. I’m happy to have learned my lesson. Continue reading
You can find the map for today’s 6.10 mile walk here. 40 days until the Congestion Zone Ends Party! Follow on Twitter for more updates.
Today I finished off the last few streets of Marylebone and made my way into Mayfair. Marylebone is the largest neighbourhood I’ve covered, by far. All told, I was there for five walks. I still haven’t written about a couple of them but I have to keep you waiting for something, right?
I really enjoyed the walk today. The weather was beautiful, the buildings were gorgeous, the streets were full of greenery and I met a stranger who loves London and taught me all kinds of things about some of the places I have been. Perhaps he was making it up as he went along, but he’s a good bullshitter if that’s the case so I salute him either way.
Mayfair is just beautiful. I can’t get over the architecture and the dedication to green space. It is a truly unique part of London. The homes here are phenomenally decadent, with private gardens tucked away around every corner. When I have a few million pounds lying around sometime, I think I might get me one of these. Continue reading