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Microadventure #1 - Walk to Work

The term microadventures was coined by Alastair Humphreys, named National Geographic Adventurer of the year for his work on the idea. A microadventure is exactly what is says on the tin, a small adventure. They typically cost very little, if anything, and can happen in your garden, local area or slightly further afield. The idea is that you don't have to travel or spend to have an epic adventure, it's more about imagination and attitude.

The simple idea has become much more relevant in our current era as we move even closer to technology, long working hours, hefty travel footprints and an increase in mental health issues. Microadventures are a really easy way to spice up the every day, improve your quality of life, your overall health and well-being, and your relationships with others who are willing to join you. It also encourages you to grow your sense of adventurous spirit!

We have a fantastic team of staff with a wide variety of outdoor skills, so we thought that we would share more of our own local activity ideas on a regular basis – practice what you preach right? The outdoors should be accessible for all, so over the next few months we will be sharing a variety of microadventures that can be done easily, with a little inspiration and a can-do attitude.

Our premiere microadventure is one that can easily fit around your 9-5, walking to work. Perhaps aiming a little too high for our first effort, our Sales team decided to walk the 12.5 miles from Derby, to Mount Cook Centre in Wirksworth to try and arrive in time for work.

The view over the Ecclesbourne Valley from the Ecclesbourne Way


Bryony: It's a drive that I have done over a thousand times since starting work at Mount Cook, the landscape is wonderful at every time of year and even from the road you can see so much wildlife, so it's always been an area that I wanted to explore in more detail.

Madeline: Bryony pitched the idea of walking to work from her house a couple of weeks ago, I was keen to join in and get the most of out of the early Autumn weather. My walk to work is only 5 minutes so this was slightly more strenuous!


Madeline: Head torches, hot coffee, snickers bars and the infamous Mount cook can-do attitude!

Bryony: Probably not enough food in hindsight, but plenty of warm layers, water and good directions were all we really needed.


Bryony: The only route I knew was the main road which had little or no grass verge and had traffic going at national speed-limit. I had heard about the Ecclesbourne Valley which took you from Duffield to Wirksworth and was tempted to give it a try. I googled the route and found some very descriptive instructions.. thought it would be an adventure to give them a go!

Madeline: They read like a friend is directing you. While both of us know our way around an Ordnance Survey, we were a bit apprehensive about following such colloquial directions. Turned out they were an absolute saviour - I recommend printing them out if you're thinking of tackling the route.