Almost a week ago I left BS5 to spend a Sunday afternoon driving 245 miles up to The Lake District in Cumbria. Walking Week had finally come around - this had been in the diary for ages!
I work for Rohan, a retailer for 'Outdoor, Adventure, Travel'. We sell top end clothing to suit that strap line and the week was all about days with Store Managers trying out gear and just getting together to do what our customers do. Each lunchtime a set of Managers joined us at Windermere railway station, we had an afternoon walk, dinner together in the evening, a morning walk and then back to the station to start all over again, Monday through to Friday. I have thirteen Stores and a mix of guests were from my Area. It was relaxed and informal and whilst no great distance was covered (maximum walk 6 miles), the elevation was full on!
We were based in Hawkshead on the edge of Windermere. We walked Red Screes, Tarn Hows, Grizedale Forest, and a load of other steep climbs. It was fantastic! We also made a video to show later in the year. Larks a plenty, healthy, fresh air...and paid to boot!
I had never stayed in the Lake District before but I will go again. It was my birthday in the week, and the last few years I have been on a dull work errand but 2015/43 was memorably different and I am grateful.