Tagged: southern upland way

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Transport

“It really shouldn’t be this difficult!” A phrase I kept repeating while trying to book rail tickets for my Southern Upland Way walk in May. Public transport needs to be much easier to access, or we’re all going to continue taking the default, simple, convenient and probably more comfortable option...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Planning

I’d walked about a mile or so out of Beattock, heading for the Ettrick Hills and as I reached an old cattle feeder standing rusting beside the track, I knew I wouldn’t finish the Southern Upland Way. I paused for a few minutes and wrestled with my conscience; I didn’t...

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Southern Upland Way 2015

I spent last weekend planning my long distance path for 2015! It was significantly easier than the planning I’ve had to in recent years, simply because I’m returning to the Southern Upland Way. It and I have unfinished business and I’ve been itching to get back there and finish it off....

Wonderful stone arch on Benbreak 0

Southern Upland Way – reloaded

I’ve revamped my Southern Upland Way journal from 2013. It now has more photos from the walk and I’ve brought together all the planning posts and walking posts into one place. The journal only covers the first eight days as I was forced to bail because of injury, but I’m thinking...

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I'm Back!

Regular readers may have noticed, it’s been very quiet around here recently and for that I must apologise, however, that’s about to change and I should be getting back into the swing of updating the blog more regularly, with some (hopefully) interesting posts. The last post covered, the final, traumatic...

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Southern Upland Way – Day 9

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...

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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...

Interesting fence ornament on the way up Coupland Knowe 4

Southern Upland Way – Day 7

4th May 2013 – Sanquhar to Wanlockhead: 8.2 miles, 1,973 feet “All walking is discovery. On foot we take time to see things whole”  Hal Borland – American Author & Journalist (1900 – 1978) Although day seven was the shortest one of the lot, it’s had some of the best...

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Southern Upland Way – Day 6

3rd May 2013 – Nether Holm to Sanquhar: 15.1 miles, 2,002 feet “After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value”  George Macauley Trevelyan – British Historian (1876 – 1962) For once the weather forecast was bloody right. It predicted rain all day and that’s exactly what I got. I heard it start...

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Southern Upland Way – Day 5

2nd May 2013 – St. Johns Town of Dalry to Nether Holm: 14.9 miles, 2,873 feet “One may walk over the highest mountain, one step at a time”  John Wanamaker – “A pioneer of marketing” (1838 – 1922) Day five has certainly been the pick of the bunch so far....