Category: Long Distance Paths

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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...

The joys of winter walking 0

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...

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The Foot Dilemma

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been suffering with an injured foot for the past several weeks. I somehow managed to damage a tendon in my left foot and I was advised to give it complete rest for up to two months. That has been very hard, I...

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Southern Upland Way Planning #3

Kit This planning post is going to cover my kit for the fast-approaching Southern Upland Way. I’m due to set out in 8 weeks and for the last month I’ve walked about 10 miles, due to a foot injury that I must allow to heal or else I won’t be...

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The Ultimate UK Walking Challenge

UK Coastal Walk Until recently I thought Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) was the toughest walking challenge the UK had to offer. It’s certainly very well known and I guess at least a dozen or so people walk it every year, along with many more who are doing it...