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The Pandemic Pennine Way – Itinerary

A quick summary of my 2020 itinerary, mainly just to show how flexible and informal a Pennine Way can be.

The Pennine Way in Eighty-Three Sleeps

Pennine Way enthusiasts (or planners) might be amused to see this diagram, which I painstakingly drew for my book. It shows all the places on the trail where I’ve slept. Using the word ‘sleep’ loosely. Only three of my five PW completions (so far) are exhaustively (or exhaustingly) described on here, June 2016, October 2016 […]

Scottish National Trail – the Great Cape Escape

Things to do in Inverness: annoy staff in outdoor shops by saying ‘I’ve just walked the Scottish National Trail…’

Scottish National Trail – Cape Wrath at last.

I was in an odd position, not to mention an altered state of mind…

Scottish National Trail – racing the rain.

Such a thirty-five mile hike might have been feasible in Norfolk…

Scottish National Trail – peat, pizza and panic.

In fact, it’s all a bit wild and woolly up here. You could feel very exposed and alone…

Loch Cluanie in Glen Shiel, Scottish Highlands

Scottish National Cape Wrath Trail – how confusing!

West of Garrygualach, the Cape Wrath Trail introduces itself to you properly…

Scottish National Trail – glen setback, corrie doddle.

Even with my total inexperience of Scottish hiking, I could work out that this didn’t look promising…

Scottish National Trail – Glasgow to the Glens

Ascending a steep hill then plunging into a dark and mysterious forest, the crossing of the Highland Line feels very real…

Scottish National Trail – Borders to Big City

I walked the Scottish National Trail because I wanted to learn about Scotland…

Scottish National Trail – Overview

My itinerary and complete trail journals from the SNT, 470 miles of surprisingly manageable and fascinating hiking…

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Llimping round the Llŷn – 4.

Nourished and navigationally enabled, I headed north…

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Poles Apart – Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Poles.

Open eyes and realistic expectations…

The Gloves are Off – Gear Reviews!

Golden Rule of Gear – to get less, you have to pay more….

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Pennine Way Blog 2: Day 17

There’ll be a massive carved gate, trumpets…

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Pennine Way Blog 2: Day 16

A dodgy exploit verging on foolish…

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Pennine Way Blog 2: Day 15

Any sensible Sirens would be elsewhere…

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Pennine Way Blog 2: Day 14

It was distinctly wuthering up there…

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Pennine Way Blog 2: Day 13

I packed up grumpily and stomped out into pitch darkness…

dales national park england limestone karst landscape

Pennine Way Blog 2: Day 12

You need to take a distracting interest in something…