Out and About: Ripley Common

A couple of weeks ago both Fi and I were at the parental abode for the weekend. As we were in the middle of half marathon training (eek!) we decided to head out on a run early Sunday morning with our Dad. The plan was to head out to Ripley and then run along the canal. Nothing like having a great running plan. Except come Sunday morning I awoke with a horrible horrible cold and sore throat thing, and the last thing I wanted to do was run for 90 minutes. Also I was pretty sure that if I tried to run for even five minutes then breathing was going to be a problem! Best laid plans of mice and men hey! Instead I opted to head with the running pair to Ripley and have a wander around Ripley common and through the woods. Thereby getting some fresh air and exercise without actually doing myself any damage.

During my little wander I took a few snaps to share with you all.
Ripley Common - Out and About - This and That Blog


the runners running

Ripley Common - Out and About - This and That Blog

this sign made me giggle!

Ripley Common - Out and About - This and That Blog

silver birches

Ripley Common - Out and About - This and That Blog

dream house


I’d forgotten just how lovely Ripley is. I remember playing here all the time when I was younger, but I just don’t get back that much anymore. They also have a fantastic bonfire and fireworks display in November – or at least they used to. I’m definitely going to try and catch that again this year.

I can highly recommend getting out and having a wander through undiscovered areas around where you live. Especially early on a Sunday. Yes, a lazy day is great, but there’s something special about being up early before other people and trampling around in the cold. Plus it makes the cooked breakfast afterwards even better!

Laura xx



It looks like a great place to go for a run. Nice surroundings for running make all the difference, don’t they!

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