Tagged: scotland

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Southern Upland Way – Day 4

1st May 2013 – Bargrennan to St. Johns Town of Dalry: 25.4 miles, 3,099 feet “It is good to collect things, it is better to take walks”  Anatole France – French Poet (1844 – 1924) Day 4 I didn’t sleep too good last night. The room was comfortable and quiet,...

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Southern Upland Way – Day 3

30th April 2013 – New Luce to Bargrennan: 18.8 miles, 1,809 feet “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God.”  Anne Frank – Diarist and Holocaust victim (1929 – 1945)...

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Southern Upland Way – Day 2

29th April 2013 – Stranraer to New Luce: 14.0 miles, 1,046 feet “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off...

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Southern Upland Way – Day 1

28th April 2013 – Portpatrick to Stranraer: 9.5 miles, 1,320 feet “Of all the exercises, walking is the best”  Thomas Jefferson – American President (1743 – 1826) The Harbour House Hotel is excellent. It was quiet and well maintained, having had an obvious recent refurbishment in the area I was...

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Southern Upland Way – Day Zero

27th April 2013 – Travel to, and arrival in Portpatrick “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see”  John Burroughs –...

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Packing

I’m packing! I tried, but I just couldn’t hold off any longer. You can click on the image to get a full sized version! There’s an OS Explorer map on the wall behind my kit – can anyone identify which one it is?

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Come on….. come on!

I’ve been feeling the tension build this week. On Saturday I leave for Portpatrick and the start of the Southern Upland Way, with my first day’s walking being on Sunday 28th April. It’s been fairly quiet at work too, and as a consequence I’ve had very little to keep my...

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Southern Upland Way Planning #5

Physical Preparation Most of my long walks take place in late April / early May. There are good reasons for that, not least that this is the best time of the year for ‘good’ weather. Good weather for walking that is. It’s typically the driest period of the year and...

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Southern Upland Way Planning #4

The Route Selection Process Choosing a route along a prescribed National Trail may seem like a pointless exercise, or rather the re-enactment of a task that has already been done for me by the trail planners. However, things are rarely so simple and although I’ve walked several waymarked trails now, I have...

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Southern Upland Way Planning #3

Kit This planning post is going to cover my kit for the fast-approaching Southern Upland Way. I’m due to set out in 8 weeks and for the last month I’ve walked about 10 miles, due to a foot injury that I must allow to heal or else I won’t be...

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Southern Upland Way Planning #2

With the route planned at a high level and the number of stops determined by things like how far I can reasonably walk in a day and how much height gain I can manage, I now needed to book the accommodation. Booking accommodation is great fun, it’s one of my...

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Southern Upland Way Planning #1

Now that the actual path has been selected, I can start making some initial plans for the walk. Typically these early strokes on the blank canvas are related to getting to and from the walk, the number of days needed, the placement of accommodation along the route and the distances...