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How natural is the natural environment? Part 2: Walking to International House

For my first walk, I decided to walk to International House student accommodation.

I had two reasons for choosing this location;

  1. I use to live there during my first year of University
  2. A lot of people use to say how relaxing and natural the walk was to and from uni was when I was living there

    To help document this walk to see if I could get to International House by only using the ‘natural environment’, I used my mobile phone to take pictures and to track where I walked.


    To track where exactly I used an IPhone App called Strava. This App was fantastic to use, not only did it show where I was walking, it also was able to tell me how far I walked and how long it took me.

    Before I started my first walk I assumed that I was going to have to walk on a man made structure between 5-10 times. I know there is a lot of roads and footpaths around, but I believed that if I structured a derive around my gut feeling and following where there was lots of grass, I would be able to get to my destination without encountering a lot of obstacles.

    Although I had a lot of faith at the start of the walk, the harsh reality soon became very evident. By the time I had reached the halfway point, I had already stepped on a road or footpath at least 20 times.

    By the time I had reached my final destination, I had encountered roughly 50 obstacles. To be honest I was very surprised that the number was this high. I understand that the area is densely populated and a high traffic area, but 50 obstacles is a lot, especially when your main goal is to avoid them.

    Throughout the walk my main two obstacles were having to cross roads and facing driveways that were to long to jump over.

    Hopefully this video will help to show the many obstacles I encountered when trying to travel via the ‘natural environment’.