Category: Long Distance Paths

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Southern Upland Way – Day 2

29th April 2013 – Stranraer to New Luce: 14.0 miles, 1,046 feet “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off...

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Southern Upland Way – Day 1

28th April 2013 – Portpatrick to Stranraer: 9.5 miles, 1,320 feet “Of all the exercises, walking is the best”  Thomas Jefferson – American President (1743 – 1826) The Harbour House Hotel is excellent. It was quiet and well maintained, having had an obvious recent refurbishment in the area I was...

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Southern Upland Way – Day Zero

27th April 2013 – Travel to, and arrival in Portpatrick “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see”  John Burroughs –...

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Packing

I’m packing! I tried, but I just couldn’t hold off any longer. You can click on the image to get a full sized version! There’s an OS Explorer map on the wall behind my kit – can anyone identify which one it is?

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Come on….. come on!

I’ve been feeling the tension build this week. On Saturday I leave for Portpatrick and the start of the Southern Upland Way, with my first day’s walking being on Sunday 28th April. It’s been fairly quiet at work too, and as a consequence I’ve had very little to keep my...

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No Walking! …Another Update

There are two previous posts that provide background to this one: No Walking! No Walking! …Update I felt really quite depressed after the last update. I felt that the eight weeks of rest had been pretty much wasted and the foot was no better, despite what the Podiatrist had said....

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Review: Trailblazer South West Coast Path

A few weeks ago I posted a review of the first volume, in a series of three, planned by Trailblazer to cover the entire length of the South West Coast Path. You can read that review here. The series is now complete, with the recent release of the third volume...

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No Walking! …Update

If you haven’t already, then it’s probably worth you reading the original posting, which covers the background information to this post. You can find it here: No Walking! I’ve allowed the foot to heal as much as I possibly can. I’ve done no proper walking – that is hill walking...

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Southern Upland Way Planning #5

Physical Preparation Most of my long walks take place in late April / early May. There are good reasons for that, not least that this is the best time of the year for ‘good’ weather. Good weather for walking that is. It’s typically the driest period of the year and...

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Southern Upland Way Planning #4

The Route Selection Process Choosing a route along a prescribed National Trail may seem like a pointless exercise, or rather the re-enactment of a task that has already been done for me by the trail planners. However, things are rarely so simple and although I’ve walked several waymarked trails now, I have...