people have recommended that I get used to spending all day on my feet in preparation for the trek.
Well today was killer - not enough sleep from getting in late after a lovely dinner at my bro Tom's, out to my volunteering work at 7.30 till 12.30, then a nice long walk in Richmond.
Richmond is great, though - you can march up and down the beautiful terrace gardens, terrace field and Petersham Common which are all next to each other in front of the Star and Garter Home; 5 mins walk from Richmond station but for a minute you could be in the countryside.
The terrace gardens make you feel like you are gracefully wafting around in a Jane Austin novel. Even in hiking boots and a backpack. Glam.
and they are all really really steeeep!