The 90km commute

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As an Australophile, I enjoyed watching Beau Miles video, 'The Commute: Walking 90km to work', in which he ditched his car and walked to Monash University in Melbourne to deliver a lecture about adventuring. Fresh from the adventure, so to speak. Or not so fresh given the nature of the commute. It was recommended to […]

Stirchley walk series 1: High Street Highlights

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This short tour runs the length of Stirchley high street and combines local landmarks, art, architecture, innovation, history and curiosities. It starts at a high point and descends to a flat bit. This is the first of some Stirchley taster walks, perfect for everyone who wants something every time.  Download walk: Directions We start on […]

Birmingham Dazzle Walk

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A silent walk through an observed city Every journey starts with a single step. In 2016 mine was finally getting around to sorting out my crappy online passwords. I took a short cybersecurity course and decided to pay it forward by offering help sessions in a local café. This grew into The Interrogang – a monthly […]

A full moon night hike in the snow

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There is something about walking at night. The experience of it is so different from walking in the daytime. There is pleasant disorientation even in familiar terrain. The known becomes unknown and new. The darkness, and the cold of winter, keep others away bringing a stillness and communion with things that are bigger than the […]

Art and walking – a book extract

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Nyla Naseer is an author and walker based in King's Heath, Birmingham. During lockdown she wrote a book to celebrate walking. 'At Walking Pace' was published last month, is easy to read, well researched and has one of the most pleasing book covers of all the walking books! Nyla's book is all about how walking […]

Take a walk on the wild side

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We last wrote about Birmingham-based artist Kruse in February – Wayfaring with Kruse – and then something must have happened that got in the way of all that beautiful creativity… Happily she is now back after a nine-month hiatus, writing on her walk blog and taking cues from climate change and autonomous things and women walking. […]

Walk with Craig across Japan

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Are you up for a vicarious walk across Japan starting tonight? Craig Mod – writer of Roden and Ridgeline newsletters – is inviting people to join him on his durational walk 500km from Tokyo to Kyoto. It starts when he turns 40 at midnight tonight and he will walk daily until the end of November. […]

A walk around a closing supermarket

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Back in January, our local Stirchley Co-op supermarket closed forever; a Coop had been on that particular site for 106 years and in the Stirchley, Birmingham, area for 145 years. Several Walkspace members planned a processional last walk up and down the aisles to say goodbye properly, and also see what lay behind the layers […]

A tour of Stirchley's delights for the Summer Solstice

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Never in a million years did I think I'd be going on a tour of my local postcode, but lockdown has changed all that. Various Stirchley-based walkers – and I'm sure it's not just us – have developed a talent for 'extreme noticing' on our mandated daily lockdown walks throughout March to May. And the result has […]

Local roads in Birmingham are found to be in pain with irregular heartbeat

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