Kettleton Byre

Big Bothy Walk #8 Kettleton Byre may only have the one room, but its appearance has changed a lot in the years since the MBA took guardianship of it in 1983. An attic that was once accessed via a staircase that ran from the area where a draught-defying porch has now been built has since … Continue reading Kettleton Byre


Big Bothy Walk #6 The wind had kept me off the hills the morning I left Gameshope, so I had surrendered myself to the route out by the Talla Reservoir and a lengthy trudge along the road in the drizzle. It was deeply uninspiring. The only small joy being the viewpoint at The Devil's Beeftub; … Continue reading Brattleburn


Big Bothy Walk #5 I had spent the night before in Moffat enjoying such luxuries as laundry and showers. After resupplying, I set off with the encumberment of a freshly refilled bag to go and climb a Corbett. The route up Hart Fell rolled up along the Auchencat Burn from the road, parting from the … Continue reading Gameshope


Big Bothy Walk #2 It was a two day walk from Will's Bothy to arrive at Greensykes. The first had ambled on paths and small lanes alongside waterways to begin with, passing by the imposing ruins of Hermitage Castle; once known as 'the guardhouse to the bloodiest valley in Britain'. The mediaeval stone walls still … Continue reading Greensykes

Will’s Bothy/Leysburnfoot

Big Bothy Walk #1 One day in June 1993, Will Ramsbotham set off for Snowdonia. Will was a dedicated athlete who passionately embraced the outdoors. A member of several record-breaking mountain relay teams, he had a particular fondness for endurance events and had been well liked and admired. His trip to Snowdonia was to take … Continue reading Will’s Bothy/Leysburnfoot

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 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)

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