Walking ‘St Peter’s Way’ a Summer Microadventure

Images from St Peter's Way

On a sunny weekend in August last year I took on the persona of a Pilgrim of old as I walked the length of an ancient route known as St Peter’s Way.

St Peter’s Way is a 45-mile-long walk through the countryside of Essex starting from the village of Chipping Ongar and going all the way to the ancient 7th century chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall on the remote Dengie Peninsula.

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The route included some spectacular countryside including ancient woodland, old green-ways, commons and hills, marshes, estuaries and coastline.

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I’d decided to challenge myself to complete this walk in just two days sleeping wild in a field overnight and to treat the whole concept as a a bit of a #microadventure (something you can do near to home that can be squeezed into a very small amount of time and done very cheaply!).

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Eventually the walk ended up taking nearly twenty hours of solid walking over the two days I’d given myself. Sitting at work on the Monday as I wrote this with my feet blistered, battered and sore beyond belief I felt pretty proud to have attempted such a challenge and even more impressed that I actually completed the challenge.

The little adventure, which was practically on my own doorstep geographically speaking, provided plenty of escapism and felt equally as epic as anything that I had attempted and written about on this site. It cost me next to nothing money wise and it was squeezed into just one weekend, so it’s a big hats off to the whole #mircoadventure concept and as a result of my experiences I now strongly advocate everyone to give this type of thing a try, even if it’s just the once! Go on have a #microadventure for yourself!

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If you are interested you can find out more about #microadventures here: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/plan-microadventure/ and all about the book that inspired the trip here: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/microadventures-book/ or on Twitter here: @Al_Humphreys

The Route

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