In the past couple of years I’ve started to get a real appreciation of the outdoors. During the past two years of self-employment I’ve also spend my fair share of time indoors behind a laptop and sometimes haven’t left the house all day. I realised how ill this was making me feel, and how much better I felt when I got out from behind the screens and spent time in nature. We know instinctively that we feel better spending time outdoors, but often we are pulled in all directions and a week goes by before we actually spend time outside.

I wanted to create a monthly networking event where we could get outdoors, chat about our businesses and enjoy a nice scenic walk (around thirty minutes) before finishing at an independent cafe, where we can spend more time getting to know each other over a bite to eat or a drink. I’d read about walking networking in other parts of the country and thought, “why not do this in the North East?” I’ll be hosting a monthly event lasting 1.5 hours to two hours (including the walk) in various places around the North East in 2018.

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I love walking and I’m lucky enough to have some of the best places to walk on my doorstep, yet I still find myself staying in all day to get work done while the kids are at school. So some fresh air and exercise with fellow business owners certainly appealed. As did the promise of a trip to Kiln afterwards! We met outside the Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle and walked along the Quayside to Ouseburn.

It’s amazing how much more you see on foot – I spotted several heritage plaques I hadn’t seen before and grabbed a coffee at a cute little kiosk under the Swing Bridge.

I’m looking forward to the next event already! I felt so much better taking some time out and getting some fresh air and exercise.

Angela Reed

Owner, Creative Calligraphy