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: 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

Out With The Old: Recycling, Upcycling And Donating Old Gear

This is a scheduled post. I am currently walking the Wales Coast Path to raise money for the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team. (Update: I completed the Wales Coast Path on 7th February 2022 and raised £1,300) I recently had to accept that it was time to retire my old hiking boots. This time, I didn't … Continue reading Out With The Old: Recycling, Upcycling And Donating Old Gear

Wintery Walks: Long Distance Paths For Winter

This is a scheduled post. I am currently walking the Wales Coast Path to raise money for the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team. (Update: I completed the Wales Coast Path on 7th February 2022 and raised £1,300) It is completely understandable that so many hikers hang up their boots for winter; resigning themselves to short day … Continue reading Wintery Walks: Long Distance Paths For Winter

The Ordnance Survey Map Quiz!

This is a scheduled post. I am currently walking the Wales Coast Path to raise money for the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team. (Update: I completed the Wales Coast Path on 7th February 2022 and raised £1,300) Whilst I am making my way around Wales, I've scheduled some posts to entertain you, and hope you don't … Continue reading The Ordnance Survey Map Quiz!

Walking the Wales Coast Path for Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team

This is a scheduled post because, well, you'll see. I spent last night in a nearly empty hostel in Chester. It's a Wednesday on the seam of December; not exactly primetime for holiday makers. Long summer days are a distant memory; most campsites and many small guesthouses have shut up shop for the off season … Continue reading Walking the Wales Coast Path for Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team

The Dales Way, Day 5: Burneside to Bowness-On-Windermere (10 miles)

Leaving Kendal, I journeyed back towards Burneside (incidentally, this is pronounced 'Burny-side' not 'Burn-side' like I'd been jabbering). The route onwards went along the River Kent along organised paths on the edges of fields to the next village of Bowston. The sun was bright and orange this morning, far more encouraging than yesterday, and shimmered … Continue reading The Dales Way, Day 5: Burneside to Bowness-On-Windermere (10 miles)

The Dales Way, Rest Day and Day 4: Dent to Burneside (20 miles)

The rest day was a nice choice. Being that I wasn't taking it because I was knackered or hurt, I simply spent the day going on short out and back walks from Dent - to Flintergill, to the banks of the Dee, to a random cornerstone supposedly of note on a farm. I ate decent … Continue reading The Dales Way, Rest Day and Day 4: Dent to Burneside (20 miles)

The Dales Way, Day 2: Grassington to Beckermonds (17 miles)

A soft purple morning light gently bathed Grassington as I passed through. A maze of high drywalls led up the hill to the town and the other side up to the moors. Today would take me away from the riverside wanderings beside the Wharfe to delve into Bronte country of the windswept exposed higher lands … Continue reading The Dales Way, Day 2: Grassington to Beckermonds (17 miles)

The Dales Way, Day 1: Ilkley to Grassington (16 miles)

Life has randomly brought me to Ilkley a number of unconnected times with unconnected people. It is now a place that is very familiar to me; an old spa town full of Victorian stone houses, bedecked with great baskets and bushes of flowers that compete aggressively each year for coveted In Bloom trophies. Its high … Continue reading The Dales Way, Day 1: Ilkley to Grassington (16 miles)