The Dales Way, Day 3: Beckermonds to Dent (17 miles)

As the light started to finally seep across the sky just before seven, I did the ungainly clamber back over the drywall and proceeded onward to the village of Beckermonds. Still, serene and lovely in the thin veil of blue light, the Wharfe trickled between the handful of houses. Today would be the last day … Continue reading The Dales Way, Day 3: Beckermonds to Dent (17 miles)

Pendle Way, Day 2: Earby to Reedley (18 miles)

Bleara Moor was barely starting to get light as I packed up impatiently at seven in the morning. I fumbled around in the slowly easing darkness taking the tent down as the fog clung around. Descending from the access land onto farm paths, Earby stretched down beneath me and then disappeared behind. I came to … Continue reading Pendle Way, Day 2: Earby to Reedley (18 miles)

Skye Trail: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Northbound Start: Broadford Finish: Rubha Hunish Distance: 80 miles (129km) Total ascent: 13,074ft (3985m) Traditional northbound sections: (Over seven days) Broadford - Torrin, 12 milesTorrin - Elgol, 10 milesElgol - Sligachan, 11 milesSligachan - Portree, 12 milesPortree - Storr, 9 milesStorr - Flodigarry, 18 milesFlodigarry - Rubha Hunish, 8 miles Map from The Hiking Life … Continue reading Skye Trail: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Skye Trail, Day 1: Broadford to Elgol (23 miles)

The morning light folded the mist above the mountains into shades of blue like fine, laundered gauze. I had been sitting impatiently at the window of my room in Broadford, bag at the ready, waiting for enough of the daylight to arrive to begin. September now; morning came later, and month by month the hours … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 1: Broadford to Elgol (23 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Start and Finish: Douglas Distance: 100 miles (161km) Total ascent: 11040ft (3365m) Traditional sections: (clockwise over seven days) Douglas - Castletown, 18 milesCastletown - Port Erin, 13 miles Port Erin - Peel, 14.5 miles Peel - Jurby 14.5 milesJurby - Ramsey, 16 milesRamsey - Laxey, 13 milesLaxey - Douglas, 11 miles For context to the … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 6: Laxey to Douglas (10 miles)

Moghrey mie Mooinjey Veggey I made sure to remember to greet the Mooinjer Veggey for the final time as I walked away from the campsite. Today might have been my last day but that was still plenty of time to make myself a target of their nonsense and I'd prefer to make back to Douglas … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 6: Laxey to Douglas (10 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 5: Ramsey to Laxey (13 miles)

I dipped my red, burned, blistered, bitten legs in the waters after I packed up my tent. The relief from the night of sweating and itching was enormous and now I just never wanted to leave. However, the sun would catch up with me in only a few hours; I did not have the time … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 5: Ramsey to Laxey (13 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 4: Ballaugh to Ramsey (19 miles)

Well this was grimy. Blisters had popped up on my legs. Were they from the horsefly bites or from the sun? Who knew. A particularly grimy, lumbering bubble was pushing out to the side of my left knee. So much for all this walking looking good on me, now I definitely looked like some sort … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 4: Ballaugh to Ramsey (19 miles)

Raad Ny Foillan, Day 3: Peel to Ballaugh (11.5 miles)

It was only as I closed my book, snuggled into my sleeping bag, and turned over to sleep that I remembered that the Corrin family had not just lived here at the tower, they were buried here. The graves sat on the other side of the folly. Great, was I now going to be in … Continue reading Raad Ny Foillan, Day 3: Peel to Ballaugh (11.5 miles)

St Cuthberts Way: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Start: Melrose Finish: Lindisfarne Distance: 64 miles (103km) Total ascent: 6,805ft (2,075m) Traditional sections: (west to east over five days) Melrose - Harestones, 15 milesHarestones - Kirk Yetholm, 17.5 miles Kirk Yetholm - Wooler, 13 miles Wooler - Fenwick 12.5 milesFenwick to Lindisfarne, 6 miles For context to the below observations, opinions and advice; I … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections