- Hunt down the historic homes local icons in your area
- Go urban birdwatching - how many parrots can you spot in the trees (good for late afternoon/early morning walks)
- Go rare or flowering tree hunting
- See how many red post boxes you can include in one walk
- Take photos of blue objects while out and about
- Find the houses with dragon finials on their roof
- Seek out the teddy bears and butterflies which people are putting in their windows and gardens, or the chalk footpath messages to cheer each other up during COVID
- Find a new cafe a bit further away than your 'usual' and grab a takeaway coffee or chai to help support them
- Look for diverting sculptures and water features in the gardens of the houses you walk past
- Go for a walk to the local town hall, just to check out its beautiful architecture
4. Follow the water!
Two friends of mine have built this into a high art form in the first shut down - using a GPS app to track their walks and taking requests! Check out their fish!
They got inventive enough to do snails, crocodiles, butterflies, maps of Australia and even a Yoda. Have a 3D image in your head as you walk along and see how accurate you can get. Try posting it like my friends do and play a creative guessing game with your FB friends.
In this way, I can guarantee you will discover all sorts of things about your local neighbourhood you never knew before, and which you would never notice from a car. What other ideas have you tried to turn your local walks into an adventure during the lockdown?