I walked the Ridgeway with Alex, a friend from work who wanted to get out and walk more but was locked in the flat-lands of the south with little motivation to get himself out at the weekend without the impetus of meeting up with someone. I provided that impetus and he provided the excuse for me to drive down to find the hills south of Birmingham.
Our first walk together was a traverse of the Malvern Hills. As we both drive up from different directions we have the luxury of two cars, which means we can do a linear walk, using one car at each end, rather than being restricted to the traditional compromise of a circular walk.
We would meet at a point designated as the end of the walk – selected for good parking facilities, proximity to the actual path and within a reasonable walking distance of the point we designated as the start of the walk. We would leave one car in the parking place I’d identified and then drive back to the start point where we’d leave the other car. We would then walk along the path to the first vehicle and then drive back to collect the second. Sounds simple doesn’t it? But I think Alex still struggles to grasp the principle of meeting at the end of the walk, rather than at the beginning!