Ding ding! Next stop Colne Barrier and Ferry Marsh!
Whilst preparing my usual yawn-infused breakfast, I kept spotting a group of fast-moving walkers swoop past my window on West Quay.
It turns out that a walking bus leaves the Business Park every morning (Mon-Fri) at 9am sharp and takes a 2k-tour along the river and back via the newsagents. This all-weather and totally free service is organised by Charlotte Bernays, a local artist, who wanted to find a way to walk regularly with company.
You don't need to book, you can turn up on any day and you can join and leave whenever you like. The route avoids too much mud so you don't even need wellies or any serious trekking gear.
As a home worker, the bus is a great excuse for me to get out and about first thing for a burst of fresh air and to boost my step count. As a bonus, I get to catch up with other walkers, fit in some twitching and have a mosey at what's going on in the village and on the river. Last week I spotted my first kingfisher!
"The pace is entirely up to you. Slow is fine! The illustration on the poster is supposed to indicate a group of walkers at different paces."
Charlotte Bernays, artist and organiser of the walking bus
For many though, this is not a dawdling, faffy, meander. Oh no. You can definitely use it to get warm, get fit and improve your speed... and if you can catch your breath, have a chat. I was of course trailing at the back on my first 'ride'. Hopefully I'll be up front in no time.
Find out more about the Walking Bus on this Wivenhoe Forum post and do come join in one day.
This blog post was updated on 8.2.17 to reflect that the pace is up to each individual walker!!