My main ambition on retiring was to get fitter and visit the places (not all pubs) in the UK and abroad I hadn’t managed.

In the last 6 months I’ve increased average daily miles walked from about 10 to 15, with quite a few 25 miles days recently. There is no doubt that it’s easier to maintain motivation to complete a long stretch when there’s a new pub at the end, particularly if it’s as good as the Teuchters at the of the Leith Walk.

I’m no expert on the trade-off between exercise and health, but it is comforting to see my Fitbit clock up calorie losses of 3-4,000 each day. Some CAMRA newsletters (Oxford is an example) give walk suggestions but they are overwhelmingly rural; I prefer a random ramble through industrial estates and suburbs and see what comes up.

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