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by zoe tehrani
Zoe Tehrani wearing a red dress in the countryside.

Hello everyone, if you don’t know me, my name is Zoe. I started my first blog ‘that girl outdoors’ about adventure travel at the beginning of 2019. So why start a new blog? You may be thinking.

Well, I was writing quite a lot about hikes and country walks in England, and it’s something I get asked aaaaaall the time. Where can I go hiking in England? Where can I go hiking near London? Is it even a thing?

So, I decided to start this blog dedicated to all things England hikes and walks. It’s early days, but my plan is to get lots of areas of England covered so you can pick where you want to walk or hike based on:

1) Location

Whether it’s a day trip from London (I realise not everyone reading this will be based in London, but I’m from London and we think everything revolves around us……not everyone gets my humour so I feel the need to point out that was a joke), or a weekend trip on the other side of the country.

2) Difficulty

I will cover a range of difficulty levels, from easy to very very challenging. I let you know in each post what its like so you know what you are getting yourself into.

This is quite a subjective measure, so, for your guidance, I am basing it on a person who isn’t a regular hiker.

3) Trail name

I’m working on a few long distance walking trails, not in one go but in stages. Although, I have my eye one some that I want to walk straight through.

I will be breaking them down so that if you want to tackle them without taking time off work, then I can help you there. Or if you are planning to walk one straight out, then each of my posts can (hopefully) guide you through the different sections.

Tips

I am planning to start writing about tips such as how to travel around England, how to plan your own walk or hike, places to stay if doing an overnight trip, gear I recommend and use.

I haven’t done this yet….but I will.

Every walk and hike I write about is something I have personally done, and the photos are ones I took on the walk (with some editing of course ;)). Every post has an interactive map which you can follow for some extra guidance.

I am using maps from Google maps and Alltrails. Any walk that isn’t too complex I will display in Google maps. The more complicated stuff will be displayed on Alltrails. This is the app I use when I track my walks. You will need to download the app to follow it. It’s free to use, and I highly recommend it. I have tried a bunch of hiking apps, and this is my favourite.

Who am I?

I realise I have not actually told you much about me, which I think is what this page is supposed to be about. So, here we go….

I’m a 30 something physiotherapist working full time in London. I’ve always been kind of adventurous, but it wasn’t until I hit 30 that I started walking and hiking my way around England.

London snob

I have always loved a good hike, and whenever on holiday it is something I would look to do. For some reason I never saw England in that way. Living in London, the rest of the country didn’t really exist to me (I did actually live in the countryside for a few years as a teenager, but I always forget that). In my spare time, why would I leave London, unless I was going abroad?

Yes, I was that person.

Traveling the world

Then, in 2014, I took a career break and went backpacking in SE Asia and the South Pacific for 6 months…..When I returned home, I got super depressed.

After nearly a year of feeling miserable I went on anti depressants, then a few months later I went on holiday back to SE Asia. My first stop was Hong Kong, and when there, I did a hike just outside the city.

I LOVED it.

It reminded me of what makes me happy. Being outdoors and travelling. This hike was so easy to get to, just outside of the city. I wondered if London was the same.

Exploring England

So when I got back home I took action. I started travelling again, but importantly, I started exploring hikes near London.

Hikes and country walks near London then turned into weekends all over the country. I do love living and working in London, but I love even more escaping to the countryside and I try to do so on most weekends.

It took me over 30 years but I now realise how beautiful England is.

Getting injured

In 2018 I had bilateral hip surgery (long story, NOT CAUSED BY HIKING), and had to take a year out from hiking. But I’m back at it now and almost as good as new. If you want to know more about that story, I have written a few posts about it on my other blog – that girl outdoors.

One last thing

I am obsessed with nuts. I always have a stash with me in my bag. If I leave the house and realise I don’t have nuts on me, I panic a little and go and find some immediately.

Anyway,

Happy hiking 🙂