Yesterday was a lovely day, despite the occasional shower. Lyn suggested we go for a walk, something I was certainly up for, but when she proposed trying to make it all the way to Welling, I was a little more apprehensive. I think of Welling as miles away, and usually take the bus; but Lyn wanted to get a special toothpaste from a chemist there, so, after a coffee at the cafe, we set off.
Lyn lead the way, down towards Woolwich, then on to the common. Whenever we felt a few spots of rain we took cover, but even so, in the clean crisp air it felt great to be out. We then headed down Shooters Hill Road, so evocative of it's long history. Along there, you pass many historic buildings - old churches and converted asylums - which just make you wonder about the past.
We made good progress, and our little adventure down the ancient Roman road did not take as long as either of us expected. After a while, with a wood on one side of the road and a golf course and small farm on the other, it felt as if we were heading out into the countryside. Memories flooded back of the walks I used to take in cheshire, up Giantswood Lane, and it felt wonderful. In that moment, all I felt was peace and happiness. I was heading through a lovely area, with my girlfriend, to whom this type of exploration is still quite new. Paths and winding roads lead off to one side and the other, begging further examination.
We got to Welling in really good time, and I made a mental note to head that way again soon. We passed good old Welling Mobility, shut by that time on a Saturday, and found the shop L wanted to visit. Luckily, they had the toothpaste she was after, and we bought some. By then, though, it was already getting a bit late, so rather than try to come back by chair we got busses. But now we know what wonderful walks are to be had that way, I think we'll soon be heading there again. There is plenty to explore: roads and buildings which caught my eye and made me curious. Now we know how feasible heading that way is, I'm just itching to strike out for Welling again.