Leacraithnaich

Big Bothy Walk #19 I had managed to wrench myself away from the islands for now, which was good because I somehow lost all track of time and myself on them. Their slower pace, friendliness, individuality and, well, many distilleries, means I could pretty much turn into whatever the equivalent would be of an Odyssean … Continue reading Leacraithnaich

Doune Byre

Big Bothy Walk #13 "We've set up ten minutes down the loch. Camp with us, it's not even flat here" "Yes it is" (It wasn't) "You don't have to stay here, this bothy is shit" "No it isn't" (It was) My own rules for this Big Bothy Walk stated that I had to sleep inside … Continue reading Doune Byre

Greensykes

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

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

Gower: Landimore – Swansea

28th - 30th January 2022 Image from the Hiiker app Day 59 Landimore - Pitton 16 miles/1644 ft total ascent Whilst I don't believe that even summer could improve the coast path experience in Carmarthenshire, rain and fog definitely changed the vibe in Gower. The backdrop of the castle up on the hill was now … Continue reading Gower: Landimore – Swansea

Carmarthenshire Coast: Saundersfoot – Landimore

23rd - 27th January 2022 Image from the Hiiker app Day 54 Saundersfoot - Laugharne 14 miles/2366 ft total ascent Great, deep tunnels cut their way through the rock of the cliffs out of Saundersfoot, lit on the floor by small red lights. Walking through them, aiming towards the pinprick of light the other end, … Continue reading Carmarthenshire Coast: Saundersfoot – Landimore