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I want to get fitter. While at Odyssey I stayed at a hotel about a mile and a half away from the main hotel, and mainly walked between the two. Together with walking around the convention, I reckon I walked about 20 miles during the con (not to mention dancing in the ceilidh!). Not that impressive really, but a lot more than I've managed recently. Interestingly, my dodgy knee complained less than I expected.

When I got back home, I decided I would like to start walking more. As a first step I pottered up to the Singing Ringing Tree and back early on Wednesday morning (it's a couple of miles up a steepish hill from where I live).

That went well - climbing the hill hardly tired me at all (that's a big improvement over the first time I walked up there, before I lost a lot of weight) and my knee coped fine with the descent. My next step is a walk I've been promising myself for about a year: Pendle Hill.

(photo taken through one of the pipes of the SRT)

The weather looks ideal. I've dubbined my walking boots and made a packed lunch. In about half an hour I plan to drive to Barley and then follow this route up Pendle.


Fab! Look forward to seeing the photos. The route calls for a compass, better check the batteries in yours :D
My GPS batteries did run out! ;)
Excellent, that looks like a great walk. Enjoy!

I'm itching to get away myself... but hearing about trips others take is almost as good :)
Thanks! :) Hope you can get away soon. I'd like to do something slightly more ambitious soon - both camping and walking. :)
Definitely interested to hear about further plans!
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Apart from when it's wet, then my feet get cold and wet. Cold is fine, it's just the wet. Mind they do neoprene ones now, which I was going to buy, but they were out of stock when I wanted them. Bah.
If you hav a dodgy knee, keep in mind down is worse than up. You might want to investigate a strap.
Yes, it complains more about downhill, but the worst actually seems to be sideways slopes. When it gets bad, even a slight camber on the pavement is problematic. Also awkward sometimes is climbing up steep steps/rocks.
You might use them already, but I am for the first time investigating hiking poles. Someone else on here was saying she used them a lot while hillwalking. It sounds like they help with any sort of incline or uneven bits, particularly taking a lot of strain off knees. Apologies if preaching to converted... But how does this sound?
That's odd, LJ never sent me an email about this comment.

I was wondering if walking poles would be helpful. I recently tried using a walking stick when my knee was bad, and it didn't really help other than when climbing the stairs at Wibble's house (there's no banister rail to hang onto).

Have you heard of "Nordic Walking"?
Yup! I've been investigating poles over the last week - see one of my previous posts. So far it looks like hiring regular sporty ones from Scout Outdoor centre might be a good way to check out if they work for me.

I am hoping they will work better than a walking stick, which I already have. The ones I am looking at are grasped in a more upright way - it looks like it might be more stable and supportive.

I've been recently reading some American hiking/Applachian trail walking forums, and lots of people talk about how useful the poles are for descents and uneven ground. That's what got me thinking in the first place...

Maybe we should share our research on the subject ;)
Time to think orthotics. If it's worse on a slope then what's happening is that the muscles aren't strong enough to take the pressure that should be sorted by the cartilage. What you are describing was what took me off my feet last year--believe me, it's worse in most women's shoes because even a sensible heel is too narrow to provide support.

For most people a simple off the shelf shoe insert designed for knee and back pain will provide additional stability by turning the feet inward slightly and hence the knees also.

I know it sounds like quack medicine, but it works, it really works. If you saw me walking at the con this year, it is *entirely* due to the orthotics (mine are specialist, but then my knees are wrecked).
Thanks, I will definitely investigate orthotics. :)
it's worse in most women's shoes because even a sensible heel is too narrow to provide support.

80% of women's shoes are the Spawn of Satan.
There's a reason I'm often found in Doc Martens!
Even ecco proved too unstable. They curve the sole across the foot. A disaster for me.
Goodness. Admittedly not tried that brand... Seem to be ok with Naot flats though, love them.

I promise to not be evangelical unless asked, considering this is Alex's space... but I've found Feldenkrais movement classes has made a lot of difference to me keeping moving.
Will look them up. They can't do a thing about my knees right now (no cartilage left to mend) so it's a case of how long can I go before replacement. I already do six hours weight training in a good week.