It all started when I left a comment on Alastair Humphreys’ blog:
Me: “Everyday I sit on the train to work and watch the countryside go by and look oh so longingly at the woods, the woods, we gotta get into the woods!”
Alastair: “Why don’t you walk home from work one Friday night. Try to follow the train line as close as you can cross-country. You will see things from such a different perspective. And whenever you are on the train to work in the future you will have great memories of the microadventure…”
Well, I thought, what a jolly good idea and why not take it a step further and wild camp the night in that there wood? How’s that for a fine idea? And thus was born my plan for a spring microadventure.
Below is a picture of the wood taken from my speeding commuter train last week.
As you can see, the wood is about half a mile from the train track, on the other side of the wood, about a mile and a half to the west is a motorway, wildness abounds!
I decided to blog this now as a way of holding myself to the project, it’s a lot harder to weasel out of it all it all by making it public.
Here’s the plan. A weekday towards the end of April, start of May:
- 5.30pm leave office job for the day..
- 6.00 pm stuff face in noodle bar by King’s Cross station
- 6.30pm leave King’s Cross
- 7.0pm arrive at a station 6 miles from the wood.
- 7.0pm – 8.30pm hike to wood and find two good looking trees for my hammock
- 8.30pm – set up camp
- 9pm make a cuppa
- 9.30pm hop into hammock, sip some scotch.
- 10pm sleep
- Next morning – cuppa tea, train to King’s Cross, bacon sarnie and coffee, go to office, start work.