Spring walk along Portsdown Hill

p hill 5Now that the temperature is finally warming up, it’s actually possible to take evening walks without freezing to death!

This is great news for me because it means I can spend less time in the gym and more time exercising outside. You see, you may not think that walking is a great exercise, but I have to tell you that after I had walked up, along and down this hill the other day I was more achy than I had been in ages!

Living in Farlington, just outside Portsmouth, I am lucky in that I am close to the town but also have the countryside near to be as well. To make the most of this, I decided to walk up Portsdown Hill nearby the other day.

Now if you live in Hampshire, you may know this hill as the home of ‘Mick’s Burger Van’ –  a food van which is famous for its huge, but yummy burgers. Luckily, I’d already had a Nandos this evening so I didn’t indulge and could concentrate on the exercise!

I started at the right-hand base of the hill, with an opening just at the Tesco Express in Farlington. I like entering here as halfway up the hill there are ponies in the fields and I always give them a little wave on my way up. I then walked all away along the top and then back down to Cosham before I headed home.

Overall, my walk took me about 1 hour & 15 minutes, which definitely stretched my legs out and made me sleep well that night!

If you have any fields or countryside near you, I would definitely recommend you make the most of it while its warm as it’s such relaxing and more strenuous that you would think. If you live in Hampshire definitely try doing this walk or head up the hill at night where the views are amazing – overlooking the whole of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

I’ve included some pictures of my walk below…

Sam x

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