I have on the odd occasion walked home at night between 12-2am for 5 miles or so after drinking in a pub.
For example when I was
camping at Scarborough many years ago (maybe 20 years?) I got talking to this woman camping by herself
and we went to the pub. Walking down this country road when going home
it was pitch black and we could scarcely see where we were going!
her nervousness was coming off her in waves on the way back. After all
I'd only known her for about 3 hours or so! I felt like saying, it's OK, won't rape you or anything, but that would have made things worse
maybe. So I just pretended I didn't notice her nervousness and just
talked about inconsequential things.And
one night walking home for miles when camping at Skegness I met this
guy and a woman walking the same way. Drunk as I was I started walking
with them and started talking to the woman. Wasn't particularly dark
though. She was very friendly and we were
talking about all sorts e.g. I remember talking about Dean Koontz's
"Watchers", which she had also read, and how I'd love a genetically
engineered dog like the one featured in the book which was super
intelligent. But I felt the guy was becoming more and more pissed off. I could just feel it! Even though he basically said nothing.
New Years Eve night many years ago I walked home from Middlesbrough
centre to Fairfield in Stockton. 1am to 2.30am? About 6 miles
distance. For some reason I walked down Castle Eden Walkway . . it was pitch black! But I heard male voices ahead whilst
walking down there. Not a good idea for them to see me. So I hid in
the bushes at the side of the path. .When they walked past I still
couldn't seek them even though only about 20 feet away or so.! But
there was at least one woman with them. One of the women screamed out
in fear and whimpered. I think one of the guys must have hit her. And
he was threatening her.