I can walk.  I can put one foot in front of the other, so as a foil to February’s “newly” acquired skill, I’ve got this one in hand.

Having gotten just a little lost earlier driving around the city, I know that I should know this place a little better.  I know where my favourite shops and eateries are in the city centre and where friends’ houses are and I know the tried and tested way to walk or drive between each.  I know that I have a tendency to stay on the eastern side of the river.  I’ve worked here for roughly 10 years and lived here for a year and a half, so it is time to get to know this city a little more intimately.

The Exeter Green Circle seems a good way to get some exercise and see parts of the city I don’t know.

Exeter Green Circle Route map

Exeter Green Circle Route map

The Exeter Green Circle is a twelve mile walk that provides a great walking experience within the boundaries of Exeter – from green countryside valley parks to the pavements of quiet leafy suburbs. (Exeter City Council)


The rise and fall of the Exeter Green Circle

The rise and fall of the Exeter Green Circle

It has been some time since I have walked 12-13 miles, probably not since my Duke of Edinburgh days, so that is a challenge in itself.  Add to it that I intend to walk it on March 20th, the same day as the partial solar eclipse. As it is the last total solar eclipse visible in Europe until the eclipse of 12th August 2026,   I hope to get high on the hill behind the house and see as much sky as I can before heading off eastwards to pick up the path.

The eclipse's path

The eclipse’s path

In addition, a girlfriend has expressed an interest in walking it with me.  Roll this altogether and there is a fabulous recipe for my March Microadventure, without sleeping outside!

Pinch, punch! First of the month!


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