Sunday, 1 May 2011

Mud walking

I've just returned from the Netherlands where I spent almost a week staying with a friend in Amsterdam. This has got me thinking again about wadlopen or mud walking. There is a line of islands along the northern coastlines of the Netherlands and Germany. When the tide is low it is possible to walk with a guide along the mud flats and even from one island to the next. These are challenging walks that can take up to 4 hours to complete and involve wading through cold sandy mud. Sometimes thigh deep. On a Dutch person. Dutch people are tall. I'm not tall.

Bart would also like to do this so it is something we could do together. I'm usually there at Easter which is the wrong time of year, as it is too cold and unpredictable before May. So maybe next year I have to make my trip for the June half term instead. High top trainers are recommended for the walk and as they went out of fashion in the 80s they can be quite hard to find now. So I'll start looking around charity shops for a cheap pair so I have them ready for whenever the wadlopen opportunity presents itself.

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