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Cottingham - my saviour!

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

Starting a new venture during a global pandemic has been a challenge to say the least. How do you keep your sanity in such challenging times? Well, the answer for me has been really simple. Cottingham.

I’ve lived in the village for about 12 years, but it’s only in the last 3 months that I’ve really discovered it. I’ve found some beautiful walks and found some lovely scenery in the process.

I am now very familiar with every pylon from Creyke Bank and beyond. I enjoy a walk along the golf course. I love the quagmire that takes you on Abbot’s Walk past Haltemprice Priory to Willerby. Nut wood is magical. The old Beverley Road is a delight. I’ve also discovered what I call dingly dell – the bushy path from Risby towards Burn Park Farm. And if I’ve seen Skidby Windmill once, I’ve seen it 100 times!

Going a bit further afield, I've really enjoyed The Yorkshire Wolds Way - especially around the Drewton Estate to see the beautiful structures of the Hull and Barnsley Railway.

Walking has had a really positive effect on my mental wellbeing, but has also done wonders for my physical health too. Walking at least 5 miles a day for 3 months has led to the loss of 2 stone in weight, a massive drop in my high blood pressure, the virtual cessation of using my blue asthma inhaler, and I am hoping that the impact on my blood sugar levels will be significant (something which my nurse at The Chestnuts, Helen, will no doubt be delighted with!).

What else has helped me? Well, I’d have to say the power of positive thinking thrown alongside some counselling. This has helped me resolve some outstanding issues and keep my focus on my goals.

If some coaching and talking therapy would help you through these difficult times, get in touch. I’d be happy to help.

Oh, that’s right, I didn’t tell you that did I? That’s the business I have started – Talking Works. I’ve been coaching people for about 8 years now – and now I’m launching my new brand, and I'm based at my home on South Street.

If you would like to join my facebook page, the link is

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