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 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)

Dales Way: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Northwest from Ilkley Start: Ilkley Finish: Bowness on Windemere Distance: 80 miles (128km) Total ascent: 5,217ft (1,590m) Traditional Sections: Ilkley - Burnsall (13 miles)Burnsall - Buckden (14 miles)Buckden - Cowgill (18 miles)Cowgill - Sedbergh (9 miles)Sedbergh - Burneside (16 miles)Burneside - Bowness on Windemere (10 miles) I walked northwest from Ilkley in November 2021 over … Continue reading Dales Way: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Pendle Way: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Eastward From Barrowford Start and Finish: Barrowford, Pendle Heritage Centre Distance: 45 miles (72.5km) Total ascent: 5,993ft (1,836m) Traditional Sections: Barrowford - Barnoldswick (7 miles)Barnoldswick - Earby (5.5 miles)Earby - Laneshawbridge, (7 miles)Laneshawbridge to Coldwell Inn, (6.5 miles)Coldwell Inn to Reedley, (4.5 miles)Reedley - Newchurch, (6 miles)Newchurch - Barley, (5 miles)Barley - Barrowford (3.5 miles) … Continue reading Pendle Way: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Pendle Way, Day 3: Reedley to Barrowford (14.5 miles)

I left Reedley as the light started to press against the ash grey veil of the new morning. Whilst my first day had been crisp and blue and yesterday had been drizzly, today looked to be thoroughly overcast with occasional rain. The gloom of autumn was setting in after the initial joy of seeing the … Continue reading Pendle Way, Day 3: Reedley to Barrowford (14.5 miles)

Snowdonia Slate Trail, Day 3: Beddgelert to Llan Ffestiniog (16.5 miles)

I was up bright and early, trying as quietly as I could to gather my things together to exit the bunkhouse and meet the taxi driver. His son has somehow further disappointed him in the last twelve hours and now his wife was overfeeding the dog as well and everyone kept saying how they needed … Continue reading Snowdonia Slate Trail, Day 3: Beddgelert to Llan Ffestiniog (16.5 miles)