It’s almost the end of the year and typically by this time, I’ve already got next year’s long distance path planned and often booked as well. This year though I’ve been concentrating on the Pennine Way, right up until last week and thoughts of anything else have been thrust into the background.
I still have loads to do on that project, the walking maybe almost done, but there’s still the bulk of the book to write before I can consider the project done and dusted. But I have been thinking about next year’s walk this weekend and I think I’ve come to a decision.
I still want to finish the Southern Upland Way, but I can do that as a short walk, taking a week or so, sometime in the late summer or early 2015 even. It doesn’t feel like a new walk anymore and I need something new for next year.
My initial thoughts were one of the other Scottish long trails, perhaps the East Highland Way or perhaps a couple of short trails stuck together. But the logistics of doing those far Northern walks are troublesome and the day needed to get there and back again strip away holiday days and I have very few next year in comparison to previous years, since I started the new job.
I’m thinking of a Coast to Coast walk again. Not THE Coast to Coast I hasten to add. I’ve been there and done that too often in the past few years and it will be a while before I return to Wainwright’s path. I have another idea in mind though.
Following the inspiration of AW and of my good friend Rambling Pete, I’m going to draw a line between two points on the coast and plot as scenic a route as possible between them. On the way my route is going to pick out as many trig points as is feasible. My walk will be built around them and the route will essentially be a huge trig point walk from one coast to the other. The walk is probably going to start at the southern end of the Lake District, at the toppled pillar of Annaside Banks, progress through the Lakes, the Northern Pennines and Northumberland, ending at the trig point on Holy Island and Lindisfarne.
I’m probably going to set myself some guidelines in terms of number of trig points per day, but I’m hoping to rack up about 50 along the route, mostly new ones as well wherever possible. It’s likely to be a B&B walk, I like my evening comforts and I still don’t think I’m ready for a multi-week backpacking trip, despite how much flexibility that would give me.
More news to follow as I firm up the plans and if you have any suggestions for adding some spice to the route, then please feel free to shoot out.