SONY DSCThe Great Outdoors

Step one: free yourself from chair or sofa.
Step two: relax remote control grip, switch laptop off. Ditch the to-do list, leave unticked the emails, the phonecalls, the unfixed drip of the tap tap tap.
Step three: head for the door, ignore the washing up, the calender on the wall-the weeks scrawled full- and don’t forget forget your mobile. Aim for the wide open. Retreat. Away from the streets (bypassing the one-way and the out –of-town shops) until the roads become lanes become tracks becomes the right path and you’ve reached that point. Far enough to stop, stand still,reset. That’s the art of the great outdoors-the next step is all yours.

Written by Dean Parkin for the South&Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival.