July 2009

31 Jul 2009 - Hadrians Wall (Heddon to Wallsend 15 miles), England

The end of the walk was 15 miles away and from looking at a map it also promised to be a very different one. For the first few miles out of Heddon the scenery was pretty much like the previous day; country views but with the added pleasure of a stroll along the rural end of the River Tyne. The surroundings eventually morph into the poverty of the north east ...Read Hadrians Wall (Heddon to Wallsend 15 miles) blog»
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30 Jul 2009 - Hadrians Wall (Chesters to Heddon 17.5 miles), England

The end of yesterday's journey was Chesters Fort meaning that today started with a visit and wander around its ruins. Chesters Fort lies in a valley and was placed astride the wall with all but one of its four gates opening north of the wall.The circuit of the defences was reinforced with a number of towers and at the four corners. Outside the bath house and ...Read Hadrians Wall (Chesters to Heddon 17.5 miles) blog»
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29 Jul 2009 - Hadrians Wall (Steel Rigg to Chesters 12.2 miles), England

Back to Steel Rigg to begin another day of trekking through the challenging but scenic central sector. This was a day of contrasts as the windswept crags with their pattern of climbs and descents gradually gave way to the lower lying farmland and occasional tree plantations. As you come down from the highlands the path starts to converge with the road (Gener ...Read Hadrians Wall (Steel Rigg to Chesters 12.2 miles) blog»
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28 Jul 2009 - Hadrians Wall (Birdoswald to Steel Rig 10.7 miles), England

Rather than carry our full kit mile after mile each day, we decided to set up base at a campsite in Greenhead and from here drive to the destination of our walk for the day and get the bus back to the point where we ended the previous day in order to start our walk. At least this meant our load was lighter and we had the luxury of a hot shower each night tho ...Read Hadrians Wall (Birdoswald to Steel Rig 10.7 miles) blog»
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27 Jul 2009 - Hadrians Wall (Grinsdale to Birdoswald 20.7 miles), England

After the torrential rain of the previous day which made finding a suitable campsite difficult because the ground was so saturated, we were mercifully treated to a clear and dry night. We woke early and set off at 07:00 for a long day of walking through the spectacular and changing landscape of northern England. Most of the walk takes you through countryside ...Read Hadrians Wall (Grinsdale to Birdoswald 20.7 miles) blog»
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26 Jul 2009 - Hadrians Wall (Bowness to Grinsdale 10.6 miles), England

Last year I attempted the 84 mile long Hadrian's Wall trail carrying 25kg+ of kit but had to admit defeat after 45 miles because of ill fitting boots and severe blisters. This year I was determined to complete the trail not just for a sense of personnel achievement but also to pursue my deep interest in history and the Roman Empire. Though a lot of the stone ...Read Hadrians Wall (Bowness to Grinsdale 10.6 miles) blog»
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25 Jul 2009 - Oban, Scotland

Scotland is beautiful and after an eyeful of the wild countryside between Loch Lomond and Loch Ness there is no real reason to visit Oban other than for a tour of the distillery and tasting. If you are from Oban you might have something to say about that! ...Read Oban blog»
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24 Jul 2009 - Culloden, Scotland

Culloden is only a short distance outside of Inverness and after knowing the history of this battle is one of those places that I wanted to see and to try and understand. The visitor centre does a good job of doing that. Demonstrations of weapon use by re-enactors, well presented information panels, artefacts and the excavated debris of war brings it all hom ...Read Culloden blog»
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23 Jul 2009 - Loch Ness, Scotland

The west side of Loch Ness is the quick but also busy route. These photos of Loch Ness were taken from the east side. Urquhart castle is best seen from the west but we didn't have the chance to see it because of lack of time. It is perched on the edge of the Loch and is a dramatic site despite being just ruins. It was repeatedly sacked and damaged over the c ...Read Loch Ness blog»
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22 Jul 2009 - Inverness, Scotland

The drive to Inverness is typical for the highlands of Scotland and if you are the driver you need to try and keep focused on the road rather than the mountains and lochs. The route from Loch Lomond takes the traveller through The Great Glen which is a spectacular line of lochs stretching from Fort William and Inverness. It's one of the worlds major geologic ...Read Inverness blog»
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21 Jul 2009 - Inverary, Scotland

Easily done in a day from our base beside Loch Lomond, the main attractions here are the Georgian courthouse and jail, castle and the small shops which tend to focus around whisky which is no bad thing. The visitor to the jail can work around the cells and learn about the terrible living conditions endured by those captive here. Having said that, it wasn't u ...Read Inverary blog»
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20 Jul 2009 - Loch Lomond, Scotland

With Inverness being the eventual destination, a couple of days around Loch Lomond was the first stop on the route. We stayed at a campsite in Drymen and made several trips from here although it was a little too far from the coast to make a trip to the whisky islands for a spot of sampling worthwhile. Finding this campsite was lucky as with it being peak tou ...Read Loch Lomond blog»
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