DAYS AND DAYS
Lands End Sennen Cove
Cape Cornwall blue and clear and cold Pendeen Watch wild camp
above Portheras Cove.
All this in a blur along the
Cornish coastal footpath.
Portheras Cove Gurnards
Head Zennor Head Trevalgan campsite.
Trevalgan St Ives for
breakfast Lelant on roads in the rain Hayle through sand dunes
and along the beach Upton Towans Gwithian BnB. Still crawling
across the first map; Landranger sheet 203.
Porthtowan St Agnes Head wild and wondrous in swirling fog St
Agnes Cross Coombe campsite.
Coastal path winding in and
out up and down.
Cross Coombe Cligga Head
Perranporth onto map number 2! Landranger sheet 200 on along
Perran Beach hard going sinky sand Ligger Point Holywell West
Pentire across the low tide Crantock beach Newquay Porth
Porth Trenance along
high cliff tops Porthcothan Constantine Bay cutting of Trevose
Head across on roads and footpaths St Merryn Padstow Dinas
Padstow for breakfast
ferry to Rock on the beach round to Polzeath hop on the road to
cut off Pentire head Trevan Point very beautiful twisting folding
cliffs Porth Quin Port Isaac Ranie Point wild camp above
Barretts Zawn Trebarwith
Strand paths round inland of Tintagel Halgabron onto map
number 3 sheet 190 down through Rocky Valley Boscastle BnB.
Collapse, rest day. Windy
blue bells on the cliffs outside Boscastle harbour.
On along that Coastal
Haven primroses and blue bells in dwarf oak woods to Millook
Widemouth Bay wild camp on the cliff at Higher Longbeck.
Higher Longbeck Bude
turn my back on the sea and road inland Stratton hitch-hike to
Bideford buss to Barnstaple - train to Bristol.
Rest day in Bristol with
Vivienne and Hob.
Train to Exeter buss to
Stratton campsite in Bush outside Stratton.
All day roads in the rain,
Cornwall into Devon.
Bradworthy Yeo Valley onto map number 4 sheet 180 farm camp
On down the Yeo Valley to
pick up the Tarka Trail at Landcross East the Water Bideford for
breakfast East the Water Tarka Trail disused railway on round
the Torridge and Taw estuaries Barnstaple BnB. First supplies
Barnstaple roads out to
Gunn Brayford up onto Exmoor, paths and open moorland wild
camp out there on Cow Castle above the River Barle south east of
Simonsbath. Opening up, moving along covering ground.
Cow Castle on across
Exmoor, paths and roads and onto map 5 sheet 181 Withypool
Winsford Exton farm camp on Kendal farm east of Exton.
Kendal farm winding
footpaths getting lost on the Brendon Hills picking up roads past
Elworthy Coleford Water campsite beneath the Quantocks at
Collapse, rest day in the
Flaxpool footpaths up and
over the Quantock ridge roads and footpaths winding onto map
number 6 sheet 182 across pasture and arable into Bridgewater
Out across the flat lands,
roads and paths between villages Chedzoy Stawell Catcott
Westhay Theale Chalcroft Hill south west of Westbury-sub-Mendip.
Oh yes moving along now.
onto the Mendips. Mendip Day! paths and roads north to Black
Down Dolebury Warren Churchill Cowslip Green campsite.
Cowslip Green paths and
roads Wrington Wrington Warren Brockley Nailsea and onto map
7 sheet 172 Cadbury Camp to stay with Jane and Julian.
Rest day with Jane and
Julian at Cadbury Camp.
Cadbury Camp paths down to
Easton-in-Gordano over the river Avon on the M5 road bridge
Avonmouth roads through industrial zone down onto the marshy
Severn Estuary Severn Beach wild camp above the salt marsh
between the two bridges.
Across the old Severn Bridge
Chepstow lunch in Wales picking up Offas Dyke path and onto
map 8 sheet 162 following the Wye Valley Brockwier wild camp by
the river at Coed-ithel Weir.
On along the river to
Bigsweir bridge Redbroke the Naval Temple - Kymin Monmouth
Out across rolling pasture
roads and paths onto map 9 sheet 161- Llantilio Crossenny White
Castle farm camp beneath Llangattock Lingoed.
Llanvihangel Crucorney up into the Black Mountains Twyn y Gear
hill fort for lunch north north west along the ridge Bal-Mawr
Chwarel y Fan bothy at the head of Grwyn Fawr reservoir.
Grwyn Fawr up to the
northern scarp of the Black Mountains north east Lord Herefords
Knob rolling down and following the contours picking up Offas
Dyke paths down in to Hay-On-Wye BnB.
Rest Day in Hay-On-Wye.
Hay-On-Wye on along Offas
Dyke onto map 10 sheet 148 Newchurch Disgwylfa Hill heavy rain
sheltering in a barn for lunch Gladestry Hergest Ridge wild camp
imagine the delight.
Hergest Ridge Kington
winding lumpy hills wild camp Hengwm Hill.
Hengwm Hill Knighton
Panpunton Hill along the dyke up and down onto map 11 sheet 137
into the Clun Hills wild camp at Hergan wet and cold May in Wales.
Hergan out of the Clun
Hills paths along hedges across arable, ripening wheat and barley
east of Montgomery onto map12 sheet 126 farm camp outside Forden.
Forden Beacon Ring hill
fort down into the Severn Valley Buttington along the
Shropshire Union Canal Pool Quay Arddleen BnB exhaustion.
Ardleen Four Crosses
buss to Shrewsbury train to Leominster.
27, 28, 29 May
Days off with my Parents and
Four Crosses back on the
canal Llanymynech Chinese take away carrying up to consume and
wild camp on Llanymynech Hill.
Llanymynech Hill On on
along Offas Dyke more wiggly hills and villages east of Oswestry
Treflach Trefonen Craigant Chirk Castle onto map 13 sheet
117 Froncysyllte BnB garden campsite.
over the canal viaduct wondrous path along beneath Eglwyseg
Mountain Worlds End early stop to enjoy wild camp up on Eglwyseg
Eglwyseg Mountain north
down from the hills across farm land paths and roads between
Villages into suburbia Four Crosses Trueddyn heading for the
bridge over the river Dee, last full day in Wales Pontblyddyn
Drury Farm Park campsite near Queens Ferry.
Out of Wales railway/foot
bridge across the canalised Dee confused going out of my way on
cycle route and roads Shotwick Burton down on to the Wirral
coast paths on the edge of the salt marsh Neston Parkgate
onto map 14 sheet 108 wild camp on the coast at Thurstaton.
Thurstaton north east to
cross the Wirral peninsula mainly roads into the city Birkenhead
Mersey ferry Liverpool Youth Hostel.
Day off in Liverpool.
Liverpool following the
coast north, roads and paths Bootle Crosby Hightown Formby
wild camp in the dunes on Formby Point.
Formby Point onto the
beach and on up across the sand first all day hot and sunny
Southport onto map 15 sheet 102 road east inland to Boundary
Boundary Farm roads to
pick up Leeds and Liverpool canal tow path footpath along dykes
north along the River Asland east along the River Ribble Preston
Preston lazy morning
Goosnargh roads and paths through farmland Green Hall farm camp.
Green Hall Slowly
wandering over Beacon Fell to meet Viviennes parents at Wickens
Lane End - Clevelies for the night fed and watered.
Wickens Lane End up onto
the Forest of Bowland at Blindhurst Fell following the ridge north
Fair Snape Fell White Moss Hawthornethwaite Fell Top down
through Black Clough wild camp in the Trough of Bowland.
Trough of Bowland on north
across wide rolling moors Brennard Great hill Mallowdale Fell
onto map 16 sheet 97 at High Stevens Head down from Gallows Hill
across Haylot Fell into the Roeburn Valley wild camp by the River
Roeburn in Outhwaite Wood.
Outhwaite Wood along steep
wooded valley dripping early morning into Wray paths across fields
to Hornby roads and paths in the rain across rolling pasture land
Burton-in-Kendal to pick parcel number 4 roads to Hale and BnB.
Lazy morning short day
Hale over Slack Head on the Limestone Link Fairy Steps
Hazelslack Arnside BnB.
Arnside north along the
Kent Estuary Sandside roads to reach the bridge A590 paths
up through Wakebarrow wood out onto Whitbarrow warming up on
limestone looking west into the Lakes paths across rolling pasture
to farm camp at Lamb Howe west of Crosthwaite.
Lamb Howe heavy rain on
roads into the Lakes Windermere fish and chips onto map 17 sheet
90 Ambleside paths round Rydal Water and Grasmere High Close
Rest day at High Close.
Grasmere opening up to sunshine.
High Close north east Blea
Rigg High Raise north along Greenup Edge Ullscarf Standing
Crag wild camp on Bell Crags blissful summer evening up on top.
Bell Crags on north to
High Seat wide boggy ridge to Castlerigg Fell Walla Crag down
to Castlerig campsite.
2 months out half way.
Castlerig Keswick for
breakfast north into Skiddaw round Latrigg Cumbrian Way
footpath in through Glenderaterra Beck Skiddaw Ho beautiful wide
open high valley in the sunshine Grainsgill Beck Great Lingy
Hill wild and windy camp on High Pike looking down into Scotland.
High Pike out of the cloud
down to Hesket Newmarket on along the Cumbrian Way following the
River Caldew onto map 18 sheet 85 Sebergham river widening and
slowing now in open fields Dalston Carlisle BnB.
Carlisle slow start last
full day in England long straight roads out of town Rockcliffe
wild camp on the River Esk at Metal Bridge A74 into Scotland.
Metal Bridge across fields
for full Scottish breakfast Gretna east and down to the northern
shore of the Solway firth path disappearing along the salt marsh
struggle cutting north inland to pick up the road at Dornock
Annan following the river
Annan north Brydekirk short day Hodden Castle campsite by lunch
Hodden Castle continuing
north west up through Annandale open farmland paths and roads
onto map 19 sheet 78 Lochmaben for parcel number 5 roads north
to Templand and on to wild camp in a wood above the Kinnel Water
river near St Anns.
St Anns 2 hours on paths
and roads north to meet Charlie at rendezvous on the A701
Charlies place in Calgaith near Penrith.
27, 28, 29, 30 June
Little holiday with Vivienne
and Hob and friends in Culgaith.
Culgaith - car train and
taxi to Charlie rendezvous spot on the A701 late afternoon moving
into the hills roads and open hill fort country to pick up the
Southern Upland way at Beattock Hill north east paths through
thick plantation wild camp in a marshy clearing at Rivox.
Rivox on along the
Southern Upland Way up and down along fire breaks through the
conifers out onto the open at Hods Hill Sweetshaw down to Daer
Reservoir tatty forestry land heavy weather coming in winding
round hills heavy legs wild camp early down in the Potrenick
valley beyond Overfingland.
Overfingland up onto
Lowther Hill, highest spot so far 725m soft lumpy hills all around
down into Wanlockhead for early lunch on north west the Southern
Upland Way following the Wanlock Water Spango Bridge path up
westwards over high grassy hills Lamb Knowe wild camp by the
Spango Water east of Blackgannoch.
Blackgannoch north east
onto map 20 sheet 71 plantation and high rolling grassland
Pepper Hill Muirkirk Scotch Pie and out again into wide open
wild camp by Polkebock Burn beneath Meanlour Hill.
Polkebrock Burn out across
open heather and peat north west heading for the Greenfield radio
mast Wedder Hill Grange Muir Dog Hillock out of the Southern
Uplands onto map 21 sheet 70 and the road down to Galston BnB.
Galston west to the coast
roads to Kilmarnock out of town paths along the River Irvine
Gatehead Drybridge Shewalton wild camp in the dunes south west
Irvine Bay roads and paths
around the Garnock Estuary tatty suburban / industrial Saltcoats
Ardrossan for supplies parcel number 6 the ferry to Brodick and
Arrann across the sea to map 22 sheet 69 - BnB.
Rest through the day in the
sun on Brodick beach off with Mark in the evening north to wild
camp with the midges in Glen Rosa.
Glen Rosa up over The
Saddle at the head of the glen down almost too steep into Glen
Sannox out to the coast wild camp on the beach at Fallen Rocks.
Goodbye to Mark Fallen
Rocks on north along the coast round the Cock Of Arrann into
Lochranza venison casserole ferry back to the mainland Cloanaig
and map 23 sheet 62 hot and sunny coast road along to Skipness
with a snooze and a swim in the icy clear sea up hill to cross the
An Coire moor defeated and retreating into the Skipness river
valley wild camp hot and midgy at Glenskible.
Glenskible winding path
north through plantation and open muir over the top too Tarbet
on along the coast of Loch Fyne onto the old coast road
Stonefield Castle wild camp on the rocky shore at Aird nan Rςn.
Aird nan Rςn on north
following the coast roads all day onto map 24 sheet 55
Inverneill Ardrishaig Lochgilphead Bridgend stay with
Richard and Sue in Kilmichael Glen.
Kilmichael Glen roads
north through plantation and pasture Loch Leathan Ford along
the north shore of Loch Awe Kilmaha camp in Sid and Maggies
Kilmaha on along the north
shore of Loch Awe plantations in mist and rain Dalavich north
on plantation tracks Loch Avich up and over bumpy wet moorland
hills on the String of Lorne drove road onto map 25 sheet 49
wild camp on the shore at the eastern end of Loch Scammadale.
Loch Scammadale on drove
roads and forest tracks round and over low hills Kilmore Loch
Nell round Cnoc Mor Oban Youth Hostel.
Day off in Oban
Oban on the ferry to
Craignure on Mull Craignure camp site.
Craignure roads south west
round Lochdon Loch Spelve Strathcoil north west on the old
road along the Lussa River into Glen Forsa boggy paths and bush
whacking beneath Beinn Bheag out to the east coast of Mull along
farm tracks by the River Forsa onto map 26 sheet 47 - wild camp on
the shore near Salen.
Salen raod along the coast
to Aros Cott inland into Glen Aros Tenga path out across moor
and in to plantation along the east side of Loch Frisa Wild camp
on the shore of the Mishnish Lochs.
Mishnish roads down into
Tobermory ferry to Kilchoan on Ardnamurchan road north then
paths out across the volcanic crater Glendrain wild camp above
Fascadale on the north coast of Ardnamurchan. 1 month to go.
Fascadale roads and paths
following the coast east Kilmory Ockle - path out into tangled
rocky wilderness onto map 27 sheet 40 down along forestry tracks
wild camp on the shore of Kentra Bay near Arivegaig.
Arivegaig cross the river
Shiel on the old bridge at Blain road then path and bush whacking
along the southern shore of Loch Moidart Ardmolich north into
the Moidart mountains Loch nam Paitean wild camp up on top Meall
α Mhadaidh Mςr.
Meall α Mhadaidh Mςr bush
whack down along Irvin Burn Roshven on Loch Ailort roads east
along the loch Lochailort Hotel for fish and chip luncheon A830
north west Beasdale Borrodale path north east following
Borrrodale Burn into the hills of Arisaig and South Morar wild
camp beneath Carn α Mhadhaidh-ruaidh. One thousand and four and a
half miles. (Love a duck)
Breakfast on Carn α
Mhadhaidh-ruaidh looking down on Loch Morar down to Scamadale
round the western end of the loch along Cames Ruadh the red beach
Steak and Ale Pie in the Morar Hotel road to Mallaig BnB.
Mallaig ferry to Armadale
on Skye onto map 28 sheet 32 road north west along the Sound Of
Sleat Saasaig Teangue following A851 north inland bush whack
north east across open muir Glac na Luarchrach wild camp on the
shore at Sgeir Fhearchair.
Sgeir Fhearchair east
along the coast road Skye bridge Kyle of Lochalsh for breakfast
road all day east along the shore of Loch Alsh Balmacara
Ardelve road northeast along the shore of Loch Long Allt-nan-Sugh
onto map 29 sheet 25 wild camp above the salt marsh at the head
of Loch Long.
Loch Long footpath north
east into Glen Ling north on paths and forest track up past Carn
Allt na Brΰdh down into Attadale roads and railway track
northeast into Glen Carron - Strathcarron Balnacra garden
camp on the shore of Loch Dωghaill at Achnaschellach.
Acnaschellach north on
forest track and drove road over the Coulin Pass down through Glen
Coulin Coulin Torran Coulin up on forest track and out in the
open beneath Carn Dhomhuill Mhic α Ghobha down along imaginary
forest paths onto map 30 sheet 19 - into Kinlochewe Kinlochewe
Kinlochewe paths north
west all day out along the shore of Loch Maree goodbye to sun/rain
hat Letterewe House wild camp above Letterewe House. 100 days on
Letterewe path north north
west down through Strathen Buidhe into the Fisherfield Forest
walking slowly into wild country eyes wide open east to cross the
causeway between Fionn Loch and Dubh Loch Cranmore north west to
wild camp on the shore of Fionn Loch.
Fionn Loch path up north
east to pass between Beinn α Chΰsgein Beag and Frith-mheallan past
Loch Toll α Mhadaidh bushwhack north and down to the Gruinard
River track north west along the river out towards the sea wild
camp on Carn na h-Aire above Gruinard House.
Carn na h-Aire bushwhack
north east over and down to Badluarach meet up with John for a
boat ride across the mouth of Little Loch Broom Scoraig stay
with John amd Debbie at Achmore.
Achmore Scouraig path
south east above the shore of Little Loch Broom Badrallach meet
again with Jane and Julian Meg and Ryan.
3 4 5 6 August
Little holiday with these
nice people in Badrallach.
Badrallach road and track
carrying canoes down to Altnaharrie canoe across Loch Broom
Ullapool road north west then track north east; The Peat Road
across much dug moors onto map 31 sheet 15 Loch Bein Deirg
reservoir bushwhack north boots off to wade the River Kannard on
to wild camp above Drumrunie.
Drumrunie main road A835
north all morning into Southerland Elphin path north west out
along Cam Loch sunshine walking slowly into Assynt wild camp on
Meall α Mhuthaich above Loch na Gainimh between Suillven and Canisp
Meall α Mhuthaich
bushwhack down to Loch na Gainimh - path out to the sea through
Glencanisp in the mist Lochinver - Timbale of Haggis with Drambuie
Cream Monkfish with Creamy White Wine and Prawn Sauce Pint of
Tenants 80% - wild camp above Baddidarach on Loch Inver.
Baddidarach lazy raining
morning in tent then on path over to Rhican path north east up to
Loch Crocach bushwhack on across lump moors to wild camp on top
above Nedd on Loch Ned.
Ned for elevenses road all
day winding east around Quinag north down to Kylesku wild camp
on Garbh Eilean by the Kylesku Bridge.
Kylesku path north out
into hills bushwhack north east out heading for Ben Stack onto
the last map number 32 sheet 9 Cnoc na Saile up to wild camp on
the stormy western shoulder of Ben Stack.
Ben Stack up to the top
into the clouds down and north to Loch Stack Lodge path north
east and round the north of Arkle bushwhack to wild camp above
Loch α Gharbh bhaid Beag.
Loch α Gharbh bhaid Beag
following my nose in a circle out west towards Foinavon round east
to wild camp on Garbh Shron above Rhiconich.
Rhiconich road north along
Loch Inchard Kinlochbervie pick up the last supplies parcel
Kinlochbervie Hotel BnB by lunchtime.
Kinlochbervie north west
on the last road out to Sheigra path then bush whack out to the
coast along the cliff tops wild camp in the dunes in Sandwood
Day of waiting for the
weather to change and wonderfying at Sandwood Bay.
Sandwood Bay bushwhack
north up and down along the cliffs Cape Wrath at 4.00 wild camp
on the cliff at Cape Wrath.
Cape Wrath bushwhack west
up and down along the cliffs and wide open rolling high dry moors
Kearvaig bright sunshine sea and sky wild camp out there for the
last time on Beinn an Duibhe.
Beinn an Duibhe south
down to the road at Daill road along the Kyle of Durness ferry
to Keoldale onto limestone and over to Durness Durness Youth
Hostel by 6.00