Loch Ness 360: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Antclockwise from Inverness Start and Finish: Inverness Castle Distance: 80 miles (128km) Total ascent: 10,159ft (3,097m) Traditional Sections: Inverness - Drumnadrochit (20 miles)Drumnadrochit - Invermoriston (13.5/14miles)Invermoriston - Fort Augustus (8/7.5 miles)Fort Augustus - Foyers (15 miles)Foyers - Dores (13.5 miles)Dores - Inverness (10 miles) I walked anticlockwise from Inverness over four and a half days … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Loch Ness 360: Day 5; Inverfarigaig to Inverness (19 miles)

The owls had eventually run out of things to talk about and I had managed a long and heavy sleep which ran onto a lazy morning. Up in a part of the forest a way away from any paths I wasn't in a massive rush in order to maintain discretion and set off just before … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Day 5; Inverfarigaig to Inverness (19 miles)

Loch Ness 360: Day 4, Fort Augustus to Inverfarigaig (20 miles)

I had now extensively asked about the boar plague and, it seemed, that their numbers were far, far more significant on the north side of the loch than the south. Once I turned the canal again by Neptune's staircase I would no longer have to be concerned about a midnight death caused by a stampede … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Day 4, Fort Augustus to Inverfarigaig (20 miles)

Loch Ness 360: Day 3, Ruskich Wood to Fort Augustus (16 miles)

I woke to a text from my dad - 24 people rescued on Ben Nevis yesterday. One death. My dad is my biggest support, but I'm not sure he looks up the trails I tell him I'm doing until I'm actually on them, and then expresses his concerns through 'breaking news' style texts. This approach … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Day 3, Ruskich Wood to Fort Augustus (16 miles)

Loch Ness 360: Day 2, near Blackfold to Ruskich Wood (20 miles)

What started as a cold night eventually became a cosy one. I could hear the wind beating and whining around elsewhere, but not a single leaf rustled around me; I woke up unsquashed with an intact tent which really is about as good as it gets. The frost on the outside of the fly was … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Day 2, near Blackfold to Ruskich Wood (20 miles)

Loch Ness 360: Day 1, Inverness to near Blackfold (5 miles)

A druid travelled through a valley where water was everywhere, but none pure enough to drink. Marshes and bogs formed where snow had melted and fallen slowly down the peat covered sides of the mountains, and whilst there were many pools; they were all dark with mud and covered with a constant haze of midges. … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Day 1, Inverness to near Blackfold (5 miles)

Loch Ness 360: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

In the sixth century, the Irish monk, St. Colombo, was chilling out with his Pictish pals when he came across a burial taking place by the River Ness. It was explained to him that the deceased had been attacked by a huge water beast that dragged him underwater and mauled him to death. Colombo sent … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

Wales Coast Path: Information and Advice

Southbound Start: Chester, North Dee Cyclepath Finish: Old Wye Bridge, Chepstow Distance: 870 miles (1,400km) Total ascent: 100,414ft (30,606m) North Wales Coast (78 miles)Anglesey (133 miles)Llyn Peninsula (123 miles)Meirionnydd Coast (57 miles)Ceredigion Coast (71 miles)Pembrokeshire Coast (175 miles)Carmarthenshire Coast (62 miles)Gower (64 miles)South Wales Coast (114 miles) What is the Trail Like? The Wales Coast … Continue reading Wales Coast Path: Information and Advice

South Wales: Barry – Chepstow

4th -7th February 2022 Image from the Hiiker app Day 66 Barry - Cardiff 12 miles/821 ft total ascent Saint Cadoc, the sixth century Abbot of Llancarfan, was a notable and highly respected man of God with an entourage of keenly pious men. Whilst these men might have shared the devotions of faith, some were … Continue reading South Wales: Barry – Chepstow

South Wales: Swansea – Barry

31st January - 3rd February 2022 Image from the Hiiker app Day 62 Swansea - Margam 16 miles/525 ft total ascent Swansea Bay was beautiful in the morning sun, with orange skies over the softly waving grasses sliding down to the sands. Wind turbines on the far horizon gently spun their turbines and, if you … Continue reading South Wales: Swansea – Barry