The countdown to my Southern Upland Way continues. I’ll be heading out five weeks on Saturday and using a tortuous series of trains and buses to reach my starting point. I should at least be ready for the challenge ahead; last weekend’s walk with Chris has given me some confidence that I’ve found my hill walking legs again. It’s always a worry that I haven’t done enough training and the walk will be a nightmare struggle, although in reality this has never been the case.
As I mentioned elsewhere, the route I’m taking is a little different to the standard route, especially in the middle section where I divert to Leadhills, so for anyone following along, here are the stats for the route I’ll be following.
|1||Sun 3rd May||Portpatrick||Stranraer||9.6m||1,300 ft|
|2||Mon 4th May||Stranraer||New Luce||14.2m||1,200 ft|
|3||Tue 5th May||New Luce||Bargrennan||19.1m||1,900 ft|
|4||Wed 6th May||Bargrennan||Clatteringshaws Loch||17.5m||2,200 ft|
|5||Thu 7th May||Clatteringshaws Loch||Stroanpatrick||15.5m||2,000 ft|
|6||Fri 8th May||Stroanpatrick||Sanquhar||18.7m||2,800 ft|
|7||Sat 9th May||Sanquhar||Leadhills||9.8m||2,200 ft|
|8||Sun 10th May||Leadhills||Beattock||20.6m||3,700 ft|
|9||Mon 11th May||Beattock||St. Mary’s Loch||21.2m||3,500 ft|
|10||Tue 12th May||St. Mary’s Loch||Innerleithen||13.3m||1,500 ft|
|11||Wed 13th May||Innerleithen||Galashiels||14.6m||2,600 ft|
|12||Thu 14th May||Galashiels||Lauder||14.8m||1,700 ft|
|13||Fri 15th May||Lauder||Longformacus||15.6m||2,000 ft|
|14||Sat 16th May||Longformacus||Cockburnspath||18.4m||2,500 ft|
The two tough days between Leadhills and St. Mary’s Loch are the focus of my training for the remaining weeks. If I train for the worst, the best will be easy – or at least that’s always been my thinking.
I was going to do a posting on my Kit List, but the list is so similar to the kit I took on the same walk in 2013 that I don’t think I’ll bother. One or two small items have changed, but the approach is the same. I’ve found a system of clothing that works well, provides flexibility for different weather conditions and doesn’t weigh a ton. You can see most of the kit selection decisions from last time, here: Southern Upland Way 2013 Kit List.