How it all began …..
I used to catch the Metro to work, but I began to walk to work when the line was closed for modernisation for 3 weeks in 2011. Rather than catching the replacement bus service, I decided to try walking to work instead. Now, unless the weather is horrible (which is thankfully very infrequently!), I walk to and from work every day, mainly for the health and financial benefits. I walk from Walkerville (East Newcastle) to Gateshead Civic Centre, which is just over three miles.
Now I frequently walk to meetings in Newcastle at the Civic Centre and University (again, weather permitting), and always walk the last mile from the bus stop to quarterly meetings that I have at Northumberland Fire and Rescue HQ in Cramlington.
The pro’s – and the con’s ……..
Walking to work has made it much easier to maintain my fitness level, as well as saving me a considerable amount of money each month.
Walking is also a very relaxing way to both start and end the day.
It’s a very reliable form of transport – I know within a minute or so exactly how long the journey will take every time, so I am not delayed by problems on the Metro or traffic jams.
The only real downside is that it takes slightly longer than getting the Metro – I can usually get from door to door using the Metro in 25 minutes (by car it is 30 minutes), but walking takes me around 50 minutes.
Tips for would-be walkers …..