Category: Long Distance Paths

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Alternative Dales Way – Day 4

I knew day four was always going to be the tough one of the four days I’d planned and sitting in the comfort of my office, the day after I’ve finished, the stiffness in my legs confirms this. It’s just taken me 2 minutes to negotiate the stairs! I seem...

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Alternative Dales Way – Day 3

I lost my WiFi signal last night, so wasn’t able to post yesterday’s update until just a few moments ago, sitting in the bar of the Green Dragon Inn in Hardraw. Today has been grey and overcast for the most part, with occasional drizzly showers and no sun at all....

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Alternative Dales Way – Day 2

Another glorious day in God’s Own Country with even the couple of 5 minute showers failing to ruin the walk. The upside of showery weather is that the cloud displays are normally something to behold and today was a prime example. I spent most of the morning looking ahead to...

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Alternative Dales Way – Day 1

If I hadn’t been inappropriately dressed, today would have been pretty much perfect. Even the fact that I’m nowhere near fit and I’m carrying too much weight around my midriff couldn’t turn today into anything other than awesome. I parked the car high on the moors above Kirkby Stephen last...

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My Alternative Dales Way

Despite my crash out of the Southern Upland Way earlier this year, I find that I still have a pressing need to walk. This comes as an immense relief in more ways than one. I’m pleased I still feel the desire to get out and string a few days together, as...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Exit

I left the Southern Upland Way last night, at Sanquhar, at the end of Day 6. I posted this tweet from the train station. In some ways it was a stalling tactic – I needed to announce my departure because people were following my progress, but I didn’t want to...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Day 6

8th May 2015 – Stroanpatrick to Sanquhar: 18.7 mls I didn’t really expect a third day of good weather, so it was a bonus that I walked in sunshine for most of the day – broken by white clouds which took over later and eventually turned into rain, but not...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Day 5

7th May 2015 – Clatteringshaws Loch to Stroanpatrick: 15.5 mls   Although the day was perfectly acceptable in terms of weather, it was a bit worse than forecast, so ended up being a let down. The BBC local TV forecast showed a picture of southern Scotland without any cloud cover...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Day 4

6th May 2015 – Bargrennan to Clatteringshaws Loch: 17.5 mls A day of better weather than forecast is always something to be thankful for and such was today. Today’s walk, after much deliberation, is brought to you by the teachings of Mr. Miyagi, who spent many hours instructing young Daniel...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Day 3

5th May 2015 – New Luce to Bargrennan: 19.1 mls Today’s walk is brought to you by the word “puddle” and by the sound your legs make when you walk in overtrousers all day! My pedometer says I did 30k steps today, so that’s 30,000 swishes, many of which were...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Day 2

4th May 2015 – Stranraer to New Luce: 14.2 mls Today was fantastic! A breeze marginally stronger than I would have liked was the only thing preventing me from calling this a perfect days walking. Today’s walk is brought to you by the colours Yellow (for the gorse bushes and...

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Southern Upland Way 2015 – Day 1

3rd May 2015 – Portpatrick to Stranraer: 9.6 mls Today’s walk is brought to you by the word “dreich” which is a proper Scottish word hijacked by us southern softies who don’t really know what real weather is. urbandictionary.com defines the word as A combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold,...