My background is in education and I found that, at the end of a busy week or half term, escaping for a good long walk was a real tonic. Some of my best times have been on walks. There’s something fine, I think, about being out in the fresh air, meeting some like minded people and coming back nicely tired. I started with short rambles and they just seemed to get gradually longer! My base is in the Midlands, well placed for the Peak District, the Shropshire Hills and Staffordshire Moorlands, which is a bit of a lesser known gem.