Southern Upland Way: Day Nine

6th May 2013 – Beattock to St. Mary’s Loch: 21.3 miles, 3,310 feet

“Happy is the man who has acquired the love of walking for its own sake” W.J. Holland – American Zoologist and Paleontologist (1848 – 1932)

I’ve had to abandon the walk today. I tried to walk on the right foot this morning. I managed a mere 4 miles before I knew I wasn’t going to be able to complete the day.

Woods so risky they need a warning sign!

Woods so risky they need a warning sign!

Local Scottish fauna

Local Scottish fauna

In many respects I’ve been very lucky. Today is a bank holiday and I’ve been able to call my son to come and collect me.

I turned round and headed into Moffat where there’s plenty of shops, pubs and cafés to wait in until help arrives.

Perhaps if this had been the last day of the walk I would have managed to struggle through to finish it, but the fact is I have 5 more days after this one and the way the foot is feeling, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t complete it.

Abandoning things now makes logistical sense, even if I thought I could complete the 22 miles I needed to do today. Which I don’t believe I could.

Moffat

Moffat

I’ll do a fuller write up over the next few days, but until then, thanks for following along with me, thanks for all the comments and feedback and really sorry I’m having to draw this to a close prematurely.

I’m not going to post the photos of my shin and feet, especially the right toe – it’s a bit grim!

4 Responses

  1. Ray Wilkes says:

    It is interesting reading other folks take on this walk. We used the lifts from B & Bs and did the walk in short sections. It is a completely easy walk if you do it this way! At 67 years I am just out for pleasure. I did not like the fallen trees and pestered people by e-mails till I got them shifted for the next walkers. I recommend the walks and found the trains and buses OK for accessing the trips starts and ends.

    • lonewalker says:

      Ray, I’m planning on returning this May to start the walk again. I’ve looked into the lift options from Dalry and will likely take advantage of it this time round. I’m also going to get a train to the start and then bus to Berwick from C’path, then train home. I really enjoyed the western section and hope the eastern half lives up to that.

  2. stuarts67 says:

    Hi, Stuart
    The SUW certainly isn’t the easiest of the long-distance routes. It’s one you really have to work up to. I think, in the UK, only the Pennine Way exceeds it in terms of distance across tough terrain. Anyway, well done for getting as far as you did – I only managed as far as Glen Trool village (just past Bargrennan) in 2005. I’ve been meaning to try it again, but need to get myself seriously fitter!
    Regards
    Stuart S

    • lonewalker says:

      Hi Stuart – I enjoyed the section I did and it compares to the Pennine Way in toughness and terrain, so that was another reason I enjoyed it I think. I’ve decided to go back next year and give it another go; starting from the beginning again. Like you I need to get fit first though – being injured all summer hasn’t helped, I have a long way to go to get fit now 🙂
      Cheers
      Stuart

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