Woods in Ealing by the Grand Union Canal. The view from Alexandra Palace, looking south across #London.

Expeditionary Football

The traditional aim of football is to kick a ball into a goal. The aim of expeditionary football is the use the ball to creatively explore a place, the goal being to discover unexpected things – who knows where the ball will roll…. It’s also a great way to reduce the amount of moaning children do when ascending a long hill, so it’s a great parenting tactic too.

When visiting Thrunton Woods in Northumberland we played an epic downhill game, making use of a number of steep mountain bike tracks and avoiding ‘wilder’ and more ‘natural’ places that we did not want to disturb. We did have a couple of tumbles, but they were worth it. Next time you go into the woods, why not take a football?

You can follow all of our #Route125 adventures on the Route 125 blog.

Geography in Portland

After a very long journey I’ve woken up in Portland, Oregon. The mountains on landing were stunning and I’m excited to get out and start exploring the city. I’m here to help National Geographic Education train a number of Geography Awareness Week coordinators in how to use the new Mission:Explore website which is coming out this September.

Tomorrow we’re going to be walking 22km across Portland from west to east. In the style of URBAN EARTH, we’ll be taking photo’s every 8 steps and putting together a short film.

On Friday and Saturday over two sessions I’ll be explaining the history of guerrilla geography, Mission:Explore and how this approach to geography education can help to engage young people differently.

I’ll let you know how it goes.



This new blog is my latest (mis)adventure. Over coming posts I will share my explorations and experiments in experiencing, rethinking, recording and (re)presenting our worlds.


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