How would I survive a bivy in this? I began literally to cry out to the forest Gods for shelter, any shelter…

I just plonked the bivy down rather informally on the towpath. A couple of dog walkers said hello, but after that I had the place to myself…

On my Cosmic Solstice Rebirth Pilgrimage across Britain I now found myself slinking like a damp rat from pub to petrol station, scrounging brownies off innocent residents and slurping instant coffee from cardboard with desperate enthusiasm…

What a heritage, what a country. And what better way to appreciate it than to blunder through the whole accumulation, the whole palimpsest of it all, on foot…

heacham norfolk dune camp

On June 5th 2019 I stumbled with unusual optimism off my own front doorstep and onto the first long distance hike I’ve ever devised myself. It was to be my best and most unique adventure yet…

My first unambitious step into the murky and quite laborious world of MYOG – Making Your Own Gear.

gritstone rock at sunset on kinder peak district england

The sky was clear and sunny as I bounded up Jacob’s Ladder….

scarista beach on island of Harris

Who wouldn’t want to walk to what, according to the record book, is the UK’s windiest place?

The Scottish National Trail: manageable and almost overwhelmingly interesting.

summit pennines camping trekking hiking backpacking cumbria long distance national trail england

The Perverse Pennine Way blog, walking the ‘wrong’ way, north to south, and largely spurning indoor accommodation.

pennine way national trail hiking england

The Pleasant Pennine Way blog – a challenging but enjoyable walk along England’s oldest and best National Trail.

You may be surprised to hear anyone might casually stroll onwards into Scotland…

windy gyle bivvy view over cheviot hills

I sorted myself out and hunkered down, it started to get dark…

I am running out of expressions for ‘it started to rain really quite heavily’…

I’ll show you! Who needs to allegedly ruin your ‘private party’…

Everything was very wet and everywhere was very quiet…

pennine way hiking trail england

They’d put the flags out for me…

summit to eat camp foods

Am I converted to freeze-dried camp food? Hmm…

I can’t decide whether the Hebridean Way will become a classic trail…

A much more fitting end to a long trail…

In the Outer Hebrides these things often turn out not to be problems at all…

northton bay harris outer hebrides

You’re about to step onto one of the most beautiful, moving and remarkable treasures of the UK’s built heritage…

Hebridean Way hiking trail outer hebrides

There was nothing for it but to go for a walk…

I stood by myself in the wind, in the middle of nowhere, staring at some dirt, and suddenly began to understand…