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Day 25 – Fort William to Laggan

Day 25 – Fort William to Laggan

Always hard to get up after a day of rest but we manage roll out of our tents, whack on the gas burner & gobble down a healthy portion of porridge. We depart the campsite passing the grand nevis on the right. In Fort William we start the great glen way towards Inverness.. Eventually we gain some heights passing through the beautiful forested shores of Loch Lochy As we continue along this Loch and back on the Caledonian canal after…

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Day 20 – Sallochy to Inverarnan

Day 20 – Sallochy to Inverarnan

The birds tweet as I write this evening, gazing into the remote highlands. Skys have turned blue from a day of threating rain, and most importantly midgies are no where to be seen. A deep breath in and long sigh out… life is good. Like anything, walking is an art, a vast amount of people we bump into on the West Highland Way seem to be in some sort of state if shock. If only they walked the purgatorious Pennine…

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Day 8 – Haltwhistle to Bellingham

Day 8 – Haltwhistle to Bellingham

‘The only difference between a saint and an ordinary man is motivation’ is what a friend once told me. To strive for constant surrender of gods will is a life times work. To accept what is, and release what judgement takes residence in the body. Now in walking terms, without motivation & dedication, you will stroll round never getting to where you are getting do. Like my practise of prayer, early rises are a valuable key to a long days…

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Day 6 – Middleton in Teesdale to Blanchland

Day 6 – Middleton in Teesdale to Blanchland

Area: North Pennines, Weardale Starting point: Middleton In Teesdale Ending point: Blanchland Date of walk: 13th May 2016 Trails: unmarked paths & road walking Distance: 20.09 miles Difficulty: Moderate – Hard Terrain: Road walking, hills Weather: Cloudy, light rain Today was a test mentally. As I gained height out of Middleton In Teesdale and hit the moorland, visibility was severely reduced due to rain and clouds. The footpath (if you can call it that) was lost pretty quickly and I find myself once again up and over walls….

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Day 5 – Keld to Middleton In Teesdale

Day 5 – Keld to Middleton In Teesdale

Area: Yorkshire Dales & Weardale Starting point: Keld Ending point: Middleton In Teesdale Date of walk: 12th May 2016 Trails: Pennine Way Distance: 21.10 miles Difficulty: Moderate – Hard Terrain: Moorland Weather: Sunny & cloudy     Today has blown me away. For many reasons, this was one of those days where you think could this get any better? and life pleasantly reminds you of the kindness which flows through this world, and the gentle souls who reside on this planet. 7:15am I start the misty uphill slog out…

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Day 4 – Hawes to Keld

Day 4 – Hawes to Keld

Area: Yorkshire Dales Starting point: Hawes Ending point: Keld Date of walk: 11th May 2016 Trails: Pennine Way Distance: 12.03 miles Difficulty: Moderate Terrain: Mountain & road walking Weather: Sunny & cloudy Really getting into the swing of things now. Body seems to be getting stronger by the day & experiencing this ever changing environment which I am walking through is truly a blessing. I opt for the later start this morning, as I need to visit the village pharmacy for some Sudocrem & an outdoor shop to…

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Day 3 – Malham to Hawes

Day 3 – Malham to Hawes

Area: Yorkshire Dales Starting point: Malham Ending point: Hawes Date of walk: 10th May 2016 Trails: Pennine Way, Dales way, A Pennine Journey Distance: 22.49 miles Difficulty: Hard Terrain: Straight up Dales, mountains, road walking Weather: Sun, light clouds Spending time alone, walking, walking, and more walking, up and down through the hills & valleys. Expectably people ask on the way why I go for such long walks. The short answer is, because is brings me true happiness. And this day, reflects strongly this. Spending time alone can…

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Day 1 – Hebden Bridge to Earby

Day 1 – Hebden Bridge to Earby

Area: Yorkshire Dales Starting point: Hebden Bridge Ending point: Earby Date of walk: 8th May 2016 Trail: Pennine Way Distance: 22.32 miles Difficulty: Moderate Terrain: Woodland, Streams, Moorland, Dales Weather: Sun, blue skies, Scorching Hebden Bridge, what a lovely quaint place to start. At first impressions, this place comes across as the land of rich hippies enjoying life in the Yorkshire Dales. Slightly new age, with shops offering ‘super vegan detox shakes’ and other shops selling cheap recycled fabric. ‘Oh right, its one of…

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Beeley loop – A walk with water

Beeley loop – A walk with water

Area: Derbyshire – Peak District Starting point: Beeley Moor (circular walk) Date of walk: 13th April 2016 Walkers: Me & Yannis Distance: 4.96m Difficulty: Easy Terrain: Woodland, Wateralls, Streams Weather: Sun, blue skies This is probably one of my favourite walks in the Chatsworth / Rowsley area of Derbyshire. I’ve done this walk before, & there is a fantastic waterfall on the route. I have the urge to pick up some fruit from the store to make a peace offering during my walk today. It’s…

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Welton Loop – The Yorkshire Wolds

Welton Loop – The Yorkshire Wolds

Area: East Yorkshire Starting point: Welton (circular walk) Date of walk: 26th April 2016 Walkers: Me & Merlin Distance: 6.51m Difficulty: Easy – Moderate Terrain: Woodland, Roads & National trails Weather: Sun, blue skies, light rain, hail & snow (yes all 4 seasons, typical English weather) Yorkshire is the biggest county in the UK. However, it is split into 3 smaller counties,1 of them being the flat landed East Yorkshire. Quite different to the rolling Derbyshire Dales I am used…

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