INTERVIEW: Walking is good for the soul says Buxton Rambling chairman

John Moss
John Moss

You cannot stay in a bad mood when you are out exploring the countryside, says Buxton Rambling Club chairman John Moss.

John has been involved with the club since 2007 and has been its chairman for four years. He said: “There is nothing quite like being outdoors.

John Moss

John Moss

“It is a wonderful therapy, getting out and getting away from it all. If you go out in a bad mood or are a bit stressed, you can’t stay in a bad mood in the countryside.”

The 68-year-old father, step-father and grandfather started his work career at Ferodo, before moving to Sharmans in Chapel-en-le-Frith. From here he entered the financial sector, during which he travelled all over the country.

John, who lives on Marlborough Road, Buxton, said: “When I left school I hadn’t got a clue what I wanted to do, but I’m really happy with how my life has turned out.

“I’ve always had public facing jobs. I like meeting people, normally I pop in there and by the time I have left I know people’s life stories.”

He recalls a time at Kents Back School, which is now the library in Buxton, when he went camping at Whitehall.

He said: “One time the leaders woke us up in the middle of the night and took us up the Cat and Fiddle and we had to make our own way back to the camp. That was definitely a bit of an experience.”

John likes walking and past holidays have taken him to the Lake District and Australia.

He said: “I went to Australia in the early 2000s, holidaying in Perth on the west coast and I flew to the east cost and explored the Blue Mountains which are near Sydney.

“It is an amazing place and so many wonderful walks.

“I remember being in Australia when the Rugby World Cup was held in England. Jonny Wilkinson was taking the winning try and there were crowds of people gathered around a shop window watching it.”

When John is not walking, he is a very active member of the community and is part of Buxton Town Team, the well dressing festival and Vision Buxton. He added: “I do wonder how I find the time for it all, but an active life keeps an active mind which can only be a good thing.”

Putting his best foot forward

John started walking about 20 years ago, but when he retired from working in Macclesfield he moved to Buxton and joined the club.

He said: “There are many pros to walking and for me as a diabetic it helps me.

“Walking gets my metabolism going and helps me to keep my insulin under control.”

For John, it does not matter if he is walking alone or in a group.

He said: “It’s nice being with your own thoughts, but when you are out with a group someone else is leading and there is always people to chat with.”
While the group’s regular walks are no more than 30 minutes drive away from Buxton, they go on two away weekends and explore further afield.

John added: “Walking is the tonic to everyday life.

“Now my daughters are older they are coming out with me more, which is great.”

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