Southern Upland Way – Day 8
5th May 2013 – Wanlockhead to Beattock: 20.0 miles, 3,578 feet
“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing” Aldous Huxley – English Author (1894 – 1963)
Only a brief update for today, sorry.
Today was my least favourite of the whole walk, certainly after the first 10 miles. Up until that point I’d enjoyed the Lowther Hills and the paths had been wet by not too bad.
Beyond Beld Knowe it all got horrible and boggy though. The tracks through the forests were the worst so far, horribly wet, poorly signed, many blocked by fallen trees. By the time I’d reached Beattock I was considering quitting, the day had really been that dreadful. The insesent wind and on/off/on rain didn’t help either.
I’ve also picked up two injuries, both of which hurt like blue blazes. Left shin impacted rock and I had to apply bandage to it from my first aid kit, that stung like buggery for ages. Then last night I kicked my bed leg with my right little toe and that’s been like fire all day, except the last 3 miles when I couldn’t feel it anymore.
A shower in the hotel, hot meal and a beer seem to have lifted my spirits though, so I won’t be quitting. Not unless my foot or shin turns gangrenous 🙂