Who would sit on a bench like this?

Published 14 September 2016

Bench near the summit of Latrigg with a view of Keswick and Derwent Water

A bench with a fine view

There are times when you’re out walking when you just wish someone had had the foresight to put a bench somewhere for you to sit on and rest your legs awhile. Or a log. Or, well, anything really. Anything other than the muddy grass that is almost inevitably surrounding you at the very point that you want to sit down.

But sometimes someone does answer your wishes, and you find somewhere perfect to sit down.

Now you may think that one bench may be pretty much the same as any other, but not always.

Bench at the side of St Mary’s Loch

Sitting at the side of St Mary's Loch

There are benches with rather grand and fantastic views.

Bench in Hay Dale

Why not tarry a while in the snow of Hay Dale?

And those that simply entice you to rest and relax a lot longer than you expected to.

Vandalised picnic bench on the outskirts of Abingdon

Vandalised picnic bench on the outskirts of Abingdon

And those that really don’t

An elaborately carved bench on the North Downs Way

An elaborately carved bench on the North Downs Way

There are grand benches.

A bench in Crane Bank Water Meadows

A place to relax in Crane Bank Water Meadows

And simple benches.

A duck themed bench on the London LOOP at Pages Wood

A duck themed bench on the London LOOP at Pages Wood. Well, I think it's a duck.

There are benches that have been specially themed.

Bench shaped like a train, near Shoreham-by-Sea

Toot too!

And benches so ‘themed’ that you’re not even sure if they’re actually designed to sit on at all.

Pilgrim statue sat on a bench

A pilgrim takes up part of this bench, and he seems to have no inclination to budge up

You might sometimes find yourself sharing a bench with someone.

Very long bench on Whiteleaf Hill near Princess Risborough

Based on the size of the bench, Whiteleaf Hill is a popular spot. Sometimes.

And benches where you’d be surprised if you aren’t.

A bench surrounded by historical figures in Central Park, Harold Hill

A bench surrounded by historical figures in Central Park, Harold Hill

Some benches surround you with history.

A bench with a poem on it, near Edale

A bench with a poem on it, near Edale on the Pennine Way

Whilst others inspire you with poetry.

Bench made out of concrere

A rather uncomfortable looking bench next to the Thames

And there are those that, when push comes to shove, persuade you that sitting down right now, really isn’t that good an idea at all…

Your Comments

Anne

14 September 2016 at 10:03 am

What an assortment of benches – some familiar ones amongst them. We often walk past a bench 20 minutes before lunch time, walk for a couple of hours hoping to find another one to sit on while we eat our lunch but end up sitting somewhere uncomfortable. Then we walk round the corner and there’s a bench!

Ravi Roshan Jaiswal

14 September 2016 at 11:32 am

Hi there,
Glad to meet you. 🙂

I’m so glad to see these wonderful benches and all comes with standard view. The first is highly impressive in look and the perfect destination to behold the beauty of nature sitting that bench. Honestly saying, I haven’t seen such awesome placed bench yet, and these are the perfect for person who love peace and live alone with nature.

A duck themed bench is awesome and designed perfectly. Also white-leaf hill spot looks amazing watching from the bench.

Thanks for sharing such hilarious post.
Have a great week ahead.
– Ravi.

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