My Long Walks

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The Wessex Ridgeway 2014

The Wessex Ridgeway is part of an ancient trading route running from the Wash on the east coast, across the country to the south west coast. The Wessex Ridgeway part of this runs 136 miles from Marlborough in Wiltshire to Lyme Regis in Dorset via the edge of Salisbury Plain and Cranborne Chase




Anglesey Coastal Path 2014

My first coastal long distance path and what a delight. 124 miles anti clockwise from Holyhead to Holyhead. Something different to see every day, from Neolithic burial cairns, superb coastal landscapes, birdlife, and a rich industrial heritage





The Rob Roy Way 2013

A walk following in Rob Roys footsteps, from Drymen north of Glasgow on the West Highland Way, to Pitlochry in Perthshire. 101 miles along an old Drovers route, and many other historical characters during the Jacobite uprisings and various feuds amongst the local Clans.




A Skye Walk 2012

A magnificent walk from the southern tip of the Isle of Skye at Armadale, through the Black Cuillens to Sligachan, and up to the Totternish Peninsula. Superb scenery along the way, unique in the British Isles with wildlife to match. Some 99 miles finishing on the headland at Rubha Huinish at the northern end of the island.




The Cumbria Way 2012

A generally low level walk through the Lake District, from Ulverston in the south to Carlisle in the north. 74 miles easily completed in five day walks, in mixed winter weather. Next time I walk here I will add an extra day to knock out a long day and have greater flexibility on the route. There are lots of options to take a high route or go off piste, making this LDP very flexible and hence very enjoyable





The Cotswold Way 2011

Quintessentially peaceful English countryside. The way follows the escarpment formed by the Cotswold Limestone, passing through 102 miles of pasture and woodland. Easy walking with only one steep ascent during the entire week. Another long walk in fine weather, with only one shower along the way.





A wobbly Coast to Coast path 2010

A magnificent walk from the north east coast of England to the western coast of the Lake District at St.Bees. The route wobbles around a bit and follows parts of St Cuthberts Way, The Pennine Way, The Reivers Way, Hadrian's Wall, The South Tyne Trail, and Wainwrights Coast to Coast - there's a few bits of my own thrown in as well. Fantastic weather with only 2 hours of rain in 13 days




Herriot's Way 2010

A 52 mile circular walk based on the James Herriot novels in the Yorkshire Dales. An easy route to complete over a long weekend with 4 x 13mile days. I used a new guidebook written by S.W.Greig, which provided a very comprehensive set of walking notes and maps. Excellent value and you can purchase it here:





The Dales Way 2009

Walked in May - probably the best time to complete a LDP as the weather tends to be fine and mostly dry. This six day walk was completed in lovely sunshine for 5 days, and as we finished the heavens opened - ha ha - too late. The route follows Wharfdale to it's upper reaches before crossing over to Dentdale and then on towards the Lake District. A very easy walk of 85 miles at a low level - a good choice if this was your first LDP.




St. Cuthbert's Way 2009

Walking from Melrose on the Scottish border to Lindisfarne on Holy Island. A short long walk at 62miles in 4 days, with a mix of weather. Another walk with some history along the way - mainly ecclesiastical (abbeys), mixed in with Iron Age hillforts and some Neolithic Rock Art at Wooler.





Hadrian's Wall 2008

I walked from West to East with the sun at my back - actually it was mainly cloudy with a drop of the wet stuff mixed in. I started at Bowness-on-Solway and finished at Newburn, a day short of the end. See the story why I cut the walk short. A mass of Roman history as the walk progresses along the well preserved wall and forts along the 85 mile route.





West Highland Way 2008

A fantastic 85 mile trail running from the northern outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William and Britain's highest mountain. The route follows the shores of Loch Lomond before heading north on the old military road, passing through the majestic West Highlands of Scotland. I walked this in May before the midges start to be troublesome and was blessed with dry weather for 8 days, apart from one small shower - very unusual for the West side of Britain.




Offa's Dyke 2007 - South

Offa's Dyke dates back to the 8th Century, and this earthwork follows the English / Welsh border for long stretches. The trail runs for 177 miles from the cliffs at Sedbury near Chepstow, to the North Welsh coast at Prestatyn. It passes through many differing landscapes and towns. It's very peaceful in places and you could walk all day without seeing anyone else. I walked the Northern section from Knighton to Prestatyn before the days of digital cameras, so I shall have to do it again to complete the walk on here.