The Joy of Walking

Last week, I went for an appropriately socially distanced stroll around Bristol docks with horror writer and Bram Stoker Award nominee, Gemma Amor. We started at the Watershed (see picture above) and did a circuit taking in the Arnolfini, M-Shed, ss Great Britain, the Nova Scotia pub, Hotwells Road, and Millennium Square.

After living the hermit lifestyle for so long, it was great to actually be out getting some exercise and enjoying the company of another author. Writing can be so solitary that it’s always inspiring to meet someone who understands what it’s like to toil in the word mines.

According to the Health app on my iPhone, I racked up almost ten thousand steps, which felt great. One of my aims for 2021 is to start getting more exercise, and our circumnavigation of the floating harbour reminded me how much fun that can be.

Plus, exercise really lifts my mood. I have been down in the dumps a lot, which can make it hard to summon the energy or motivation to get outdoors – but even a brisk ten minute walk can clear your mind and help you relax.

It certainly makes me feel more confident and ready to tackle my writing. Getting the blood flowing gets the brain working, and problems that seemed intractable before appear suddenly manageable.

So, get away from that screen, strap on your walking shoes, and get out there. Health and inspiration await!

[You can see my photos from the walk on my Instagram feed here, and Gemma’s on her feed here.]

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Author: Gareth L Powell


One thought on “The Joy of Walking”

  1. You look like it did you both a lot of good! You know I’m all about the walks. I love it.
    Sadly we’re not allowed to meet up or exercise with anyone from another household, even outdoors.
    My walks are all solitary. I still enjoy them, but it would just be nice, once in a while, to have a conversation.

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