Stupidly Long Walks

Serious walking by two moderately sane people

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D33 – Lancaster to Garstang

Distance Travelled: 21.89km Total Distance: 802.31km  Weather: Good walking weather; overcast with occasional rain showers.  Accomodation: The Crofters Hotel. Today was messy.  We tried all morning to get Dani into a physio, with no success, so Dani stayed in the hotel room icing her leg while I popped out to get some piccies of Lancaster…

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D32 – Holme to Lancaster

Distance Travelled: 20.84km Total Distance: 780.42km  Weather: Good walking weather; warm but not hot .  Accomodation: The Royal Hotel and Bar. Today didn’t end as we wanted it to, but more on that later.  The path along the canal continued, with no real overgrown areas like yesterday.  Also unlike yesterday, all of our time was…

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D31 – Windermere to Holme

Distance Travelled: 32.99km Total Distance: 759.58km  Weather: Good walking weather; warm but not hot .  Accomodation: TytheBarn B&B Today we left the Lake District and started on the Lancaster Canal, which kicks off from Kendal, a morning’s  hike Southeast from Windermere.  The Canal runs south to Preston for about 80 miles, with 180 ish bridges,…

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D30 (R05) – Rest day in Windermere

We caught a bus to Bowness-on-Windermere; technically it’s walkable but hey, it’s a rest day.  Bowness, being right on the lake, is much more touristy than Windermere and was liberally festooned with confused looking people and, well, us. We had our first ice cream for the trip before deciding, over Dani’s scepticism, to Hire a…

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D29 (S02) – Scafell Pike ascent

Madness mkII.  This time at least I had browbeat talked my cousin into coming with me. We set out at 7.15 for our attempt, got to our setoff point and after 1 km packed it in, as the rain was incredibly heavy and we were already soaked.   We headed back to civilisation for breakfast…

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D28 – Keswick to Windermere

Distance Travelled: 30.2km Total Distance: 726.59km  Weather: Good walking weather .  Accomodation: Lingmoor B&B We made our way from Keswick to Ambleside along the Cumbria Way before heading southeast for Windermere where we’ll be based for the next few days.  It took us close to Borrowdale which is the kickoff for my assault on Scafell…

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D27 – Caldbeck to Keswick

Distance Travelled: 25.6km Total Distance: 696.39km  Weather: Rainy all morning then hot in the afternoon.  Accomodation: Bluestones b&b. Heaved it down all morning.  The local wisdom noted that this would last all day but, thankfully it packed it in not long after. The path on the  Cumbrian Way straight out of Caldbeck is a murderous…

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D26 – Carlisle to Caldbeck

Distance Travelled: 27.37km Total Distance: 670.79km  Weather: Overcast and great for walking.  Accomodation: The Oddfellows Inn. Fantastic walk today, the best yet.  Leaving Carlisle for the poorly signed Cumbrian Way, we soon left the city and entered the rural areas of northern Cumbria; the hills growing larger to the south. This was the first time…

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D25 – Ecclefechan to Carlisle (England)

Distance Travelled: 33.94km Total Distance: 643.42km  Weather: Even hotter than yesterday.  Accomodation: Travelodge Carlisle Central. Long really hot day again, made worse by being on bitumen with zero shade.  Gretna, which is just on the Scottish side of the soft border has a complex of clearance shops, which we found a bit naff.  Nevertheless we…

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D24 – Beattock to Ecclefechan

Distance Travelled: 35.7km Total Distance: 609.48km  Weather: A Coronal mass ejection clearly burnt off the atmosphere and burned the planet to a cinder hot .  Accomodation: Cressfield Country House Hotel. Ludicrously hot and a long walk through Lockerbie to Ecclefechan, leaving us both pretty badly sunburned.  My left wrist, which had been getting progressively more…

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D23 – Abington to Beattock

Distance Travelled: 26.33km Total Distance: 573.78km  Weather: Clear and hot.  Accomodation: Lockhouse Farm Hot day today.  The cycle path changed from being a lane to a hard shoulder, sometimes really badly marked, which made walking along it challenging when it came to oncoming traffic.  We’re still in Scotland but the terrain seems English somehow…difficult to…

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D22 – Lesmahagow to Abington

Distance Travelled: 25.79km Total Distance: 547.45km  Weather: Drenching mist for most of the day.  Accomodation: NOT THE ABINGTON (RHYMES WITH SCUM) HOTEL. So, today.  It was with some mild depression that we donned our full packs once more and caught a bus from Glasgow to our start point.  The start was delayed slightly by having…

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D21 – Hamilton to Lesmahagow

Distance Travelled: 25.12km Total Distance: 521.66km  Weather: Hot.  Damn hot.  Accomodation: Glasgow Hot-El This is our last pack free day for a while.   Catching the train back to Hamilton we carried on, heading south on our way to Carlisle. We’re following the B7076, which was a former A road before the Motorway was created,…

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D20 – Milngavie to Hamilton

Distance Travelled: 30.26km Total Distance: 496.54km  Weather: dry and pleasant.  Accomodation: Glasgow Hot-El This is the first of several pack free days, as we’re using the same accommodation. We caught the train back to Milngavie to continue from where we finished on day 18, getting our stamp at the local travel office before setting off…

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D18 – Sallochy to Milngavie

Distance Travelled: 33.63km Total Distance: 466.28km  Weather: Typically overcast with occasional very heavy rain.  Accomodation: Glasgow Hot-El After yesterday’s messing around, it was with some trepidation we set off from Inversnaid.  The hotel is almost inaccessible to road traffic so we had to catch a ferry across loch Lomond, then racing for a bus to…

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D17 – Inverarnan to Inversnaid

Hah! And we thought it rained yesterday… it threw it down today and, typically, this made it the hardest day yet.  Todays path was meant to take us along Loch Lomond and it did…sort of.  For about 10km the path changed altitude a stupid amount, often very steeply, and the scramble over the rocks would…

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D16 – Loch Tulla to Inverarnan

Distance Travelled: 32.4km Total Distance: 414.25km  Weather: Rainy all morning, sometimes  quite heavy.  Accomodation: Tyndrum Hotel. The path was mercifully much better today.  Gone were the suicidal loose rocks, replaced with a long winding path alongside the railway through the valley.  We had to wear our full waterproofs, but ended up soaked anyway.  The Goretex…

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D15 – Kinlochleven to Loch Tulla

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D14 – Fort William to Kinlochleven

Distance Travelled: 30.2km Total Distance: 351km  Weather: Good but it poured down at the end . Accomodation: Bank St Lodge Fort William (again) What a bloody day.  If this is indicative of the rest of the West Highland Way it’s going to be a long week.  The trouble is that most of the surface of…

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