Mr Vint’s Last Hurrah?
- Published: Monday, 29 October 2018 17:55
When John told me at the Margaret’s Bridge opening ceremony that he would be leading his last Strollathon on 11 October I said I would go along to see what it was all about. And I’m very glad I did.
Twenty one people met at Boulter’s Lock on a very fine Thursday morning to take a walk around Ray Mill Island. John had said he wanted two group photos taken, one showing how miserable everybody was about him giving up leading walks and the other how happy everyone was now his reign of terror was over. (I think I’ve got that the right way round). We took both photos before setting off on the walk and I leave it to you, dear reader, to decide which is which.
I tend to prefer wild walking these days whilst I can still do it and am more usually to be found in the more remote hills of the UK than the gentler paths around the Thames. This time, in excellent company, I really appreciated the time to stop and take a closer look at the scenery, or even ‘contemplating the water’ as John put it looking out over the weir. It also reminded me that it is possible to enjoy the countryside at any stage of life or physical well-being, and that whatever your level of ability there will be others of a like mind to walk along and chat with you. I and some others left the walk on returning to the lock, whereas John and the majority decided to carry on up to Islet Park to round off the walk.
Sometimes the slower road is best and I would certainly recommend anyone to take the occasional foray out at a more leisurely pace.
The only word of warning I would sound is to watch out for John’s All Terrain walker sneaking up behind you, as he assures me it will ‘go over anything’.
I certainly believe him on this but am not fully convinced he is finished with Strollathons just yet.