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‘Stay Home’ doesn’t mean you can’t ‘Stay Adventurous’

It is becoming a familiar routine. Another impending school holiday in lockdown, another ‘Stay Away’ message from local authorities. Today, police forces in England’s popular southwest regions issued messages reminding people of lockdown rules during half term. “Devon and Cornwall aren’t going anywhere, please visit another time,” tweeted the Devon and Cornwall police. “We are in lockdown. We are closed. Please, please do not come,” said Alistair Handyside, South West Tourism Alliance chairman. So stay at home we must. But this doesn’t mean you cannot find adventure, wonder and variety close to home. One gateway to local adventure is through the medium of good old fashioned maps. Call me an anorak, but the other week I bought a copy of the Clapham Common Ordnance Survey map from 1870 to see how the local area has changed in 150 years. I keep it in my backpack on my lunchtime wanders, and what was once a residential corner of southwest London is now a landscape of lost ponds and forgotten farmland. For a more contemporary cartographic foray, Ordnance Survey has a website called OS Greenspace which allows you to search your local area map to find accessible parks and open spaces. They have specially curated walking routes available, too, if you’re after some new ideas. Or, of course, you can carve out new routes of your own without a map. The other day, half way through my usual route to the common, I took a random left turn. What I found was the post-war Notre Dame Estate, housing a perfectly symmetrical, opal white 18th-century orangery as its centrepiece (you can read more about the Clapham Orangery, and its links to Clapham’s colourful history, here). Another option is to mix up the times of the day that you explore your familiar routes. Yesterday, I popped to the park at the crack of dawn before work – something I don’t usually muster the energy to do. I was rewarded by a frozen-over pond, with ducks ignoring their parents’ advice by trotting about on the surface.