I’ve become increasingly interested in walking over the last couple of years. I’ve introduced it as a service in my own little business, opened my creative walks to the general public and I’ve swapped mountain hikes for beach holidays. I’ve also begun digging into to a world of walking-related literature: Iain Sinclair, Robert Macfarlane and Robert Ackroyd as well as getting lost in the somewhat murky world of psychogeography and the situationists. It’s fascinating stuff.
I went for a walk back in August of 2016. I was stuck for ideas and needed to get away from my desk, out of the house and kick-start my divergent thinking. As I wandered, I began to jot down the route I was taking: nothing complicated, just making a note of my lefts and rights. I went for what turned out to be a marvellous, 19km stroll through the streets of Munich.
Armed with snacks, a ‘Field Notes’ notepad and a nice pen I (re)discovered the city that I love so dearly. I didn’t know where I was going to end up – my final destination was a mystery.
All I knew was that I was going to take 90 turns and mark them as waypoints.
I’ve made a map of that walk. The map marks the 90 waypoints where I either turned right or turned left. I scribbled down a series of lefts and rights in my notebook until I reached the 90th turn: which ended up being Nymphenburg Palace.
So now I have a map that I and some others have been using for just over a year. I’d like you to use it too. The idea is that you can use the map anywhere in the world: in any city, town or village: the map never changes the same, but the walk, the journey and the distances would be different. The destination, the photo finish, would be different too.
Here’s how it works:
Start anywhere in the world. Follow the turns on the map.
You have ten wildcards use them to ignore streets, alleyways or paths that don’t tickle your fancy.
Take a photo of what you see at the photo finish, share it on Twitter or Instagram and use the #90waypoint hashtag or send it to me per email.
You can download the map and the 90waypoint map here if you’d like to have a go, test the map and go on a little adventure of your own. Use the map to wander, find ideas, clear your head and discover new places, sights and your city.
Have fun with it and do let me know how you get on with it.