Walking The Dog #walks

This could be a post about my years as a pogoing punk rocker and the glories of Dr Feelgood circa 1979.

It’s not. It’s about art. Specifically something called strava art.

I’d not heard about this until a WhatsApp from No. 1 son. He’s in the midst of a fitness january organised by some friends. Every run, bikeride and swim gains various points allocated according to strict criteria. Ish.

‘I need points.’


‘Any chance you can come up with a strava art walk?’

We looked it up. This is an example

As you can see it is a mapped walk on these strava gizmos that creates a picture.

‘It has to be at least 5 kilometres. And the more complicated the better.’

No amebos then.

So she with two left brains and me with my map fixation had a ponder.

By Thursday we’d sketched this on our OS map that covers South London.

The questions were:

– would it look like this

– could we link some parts together

– and how long?

We guesstimated 15 kilometres and a close study of Google maps suggested it should be possible…

So on Saturday the Broker and I met up at Brockwell Park in Herne Hill a stone’s throw from his flat.

It was cold and gloomy but we pottered about carving the head and eye and ear before heading into the mean streets…

It was fun. I’d plotted each road and turn. He had his strava on, I had Google fit on my phone.

We visited some bits of South London we’d never seen before, such as the alphabet streets around the Church of Queen Mary in Streatham, built in the 1890s amongst early social housing (‘homes for tradesmen and artisans’).

And eventually we returned to Brockwell Park where, nervously we checked the apps.


And if you don’t know those doyens of a melodic pop song…


… it’s not this.

Maybe next week it’ll be a fish.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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33 Responses to Walking The Dog #walks

  1. Oh my, the inventions are becoming more and more crazy. Lol But indeed a very interesting idea to get the duty of dog walking done, too. Thanks for sharing, Geoff! Enjoy a beautiful rest of this Tuesday. xx Michael

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  2. Excellent. Dog would be delighted

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  3. joylennick says:

    I can well see that most doggies would be delighted, but it would have to be a fair-weather pursuit for moi…. Put your best foot forward and the best of British x

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    What a clever way to get in a 15 km walk. You should take a photo of the map, make it an NFT, and sell it! Not sure I could do 15 km. My stravart would be a circle or a figure 8.

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    What a treat. I had never heard of such a thing and am unlikely to do it but I am glad to see the fun you and your son had.

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  6. I reckon Wilko Johnson was probably the first to create strava art every time he performed! Well done the two of you.

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    • TanGental says:

      So true. Did you see them? I was in Bournemouth at the Winter gardens and Wilco was utterly manic. Goodness knows what he was on. I think my ears are still ringing… the other day I saw my vinyl copy of Stupidity. A bit sticky – goodness knows what’s on it!

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      • I never saw them live but always enjoyed their TV appearances. He says Speed was his go to drug but also LSD and the worst abuse was alcohol. Considering that he had a 3kg tumour removed it is amazing he’s still around. As for the sticky – clean it before anyone tests it!

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      • TanGental says:

        Ha, good advice! I’d not heard about the tumour. It amazes me how some of those rock stars survive given what they ingested.

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  7. It is a dog’s life, after all. Well done.

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  8. Erika says:

    What a cool idea. This is too funny!

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  9. Josy A says:

    LOVE it! This is brilliant Geoff! I tried this too, but the roads here are mostly in a grid, so it was really hard to make good’uns. I only managed to draw a bottle of wine…

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    Now that’s what I call giving your walks a purpose!

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  11. arlingwoman says:

    This looks really fun, and you get to plan the shape. What a hoot. AND your participation gave Sam his longest walk yet…. 😉

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    • TanGental says:

      The planning was probably the most fun. London and its ancient curvy streets, little footpaths and passages sort of cries out for this if you have the eye (and, happily, Mrs LP has just that)


  12. ThingsHelenLoves says:

    A creative way to get the miles in! Were any dogs walked in the creation of the Strava dog?

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  13. How clever! Never saw Dr Feelgood, but have seen WJ twice with his current band, once after he had more or less come back from the dead as alluded to in a previous comment.

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  14. Widdershins says:

    What a neat idea! 😀 … well done.

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  15. Bravo, Geoff, you did a great job with this.

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