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: 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)

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

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: 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

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

Pembrokeshire Coast: St Davids Head – Marloes Sands

12th - 17th January 2022 Image from the Hiiker app Day 43 - 44 Rest Day: St. Davids My parents had visited St. Davids a few years ago and had absolutely loved it. I'd been recommended to spend some time there if I could. It hadn't been my initial intention, but I had needed to … Continue reading Pembrokeshire Coast: St Davids Head – Marloes Sands

Pembrokeshire Coast: Cardigan – St David’s Head

7th - 11th January 2022 Image from the Hiiker app Day 38 Cardigan - Ceibwr Bay 8 miles/1652 ft total ascent The sleeping pad had arrived by ten thirty and I was off again. I gave the Mountain Warehouse behemoth to a homeless man after awkwardly rambling about how I didn't know if this was … Continue reading Pembrokeshire Coast: Cardigan – St David’s Head

Meirionnydd Coast: Porthmadog – Clarach

27th - 31st December 2021 Image from the Hiiker app Day 27 Porthmadog - Harlech 12 miles/2027959 ft total ascent I could see the dunes of Harlech sands as a rumpled clutch of hazy shadows across the Glaslyn estuary. This would be the estuary that began my hatred of the coast path estuaries. Where previously … Continue reading Meirionnydd Coast: Porthmadog – Clarach

Llyn Peninsula: Aberdaron – Porthmadog

22nd - 26th December 2021 Image from the Hiiker app Day 22 Aberdaron - Cilan 15 miles/2027 ft total ascent Each day would now gain another two minutes of daylight, It doesn't sound like a lot in isolation, but it meant that in a month's time, when I would inevitably still be on trail, I'd … Continue reading Llyn Peninsula: Aberdaron – Porthmadog