Day 1 Steely skied and full of rain the Jura morning greeted us as tents were packed up and the bus to Ardlussa was taken. We had surfaced road for about 9 miles to get to the trailhead and this three hours would be the fastest we’d move, by far, for 5 days. The … Continue reading “Mark watch out there is a snake by your foot” – Conquering Jura’s Wild West Coast, July 2017
Mount Kinabalu is accessed, normally, from Kota Kinabalu and you are required to go with a tour company who will organise accommodation and a guide. It's not too cheap and you have to really want to climb it otherwise I suspect you might regret the cost. The day started quite early since the national park … Continue reading Mount Kinabalu, Borneo; May 2017
Niah is a national park centred around the huge Niah Cave which has anthropological significance. There is a lot (relatively speaking) of rainforest surrounding the cave, but I didn't have time to explore that and was focussed on the cave including its burial sites and paintings. I had to repeat steps of my previous journey, but … Continue reading Niah National Park, Boreno; May 2017
On a brighter morning than the forecast suggested we sailed to Brodick, the small port on the East of Arran. The ferry was absolutely packed and it seemed there was a memo for all and sundry to spill forth onto the little island, the so called Scotland in miniature. The plan was to walk the Arran Coastal … Continue reading Arran Coastal Path, Scotland; April 2017
This is a walk I've done a few times now and normally very early in the year running out light. However, this time the weather was absolutely perfect and it was an absolute joy from beginning to end. This quite a long walk and a tough one, not like the walk in the Lakes a … Continue reading Marsden to Edale, Peaks; March 2017
Day 1 - Corridor Route of Scafell Pike to Eskdale My friend invited me along to a hike with his colleagues from work last weekend and since I had planned to go away hiking somewhere it seemed like a great opportunity. We had a really early start to get up to the trailhead and I … Continue reading Scafell Pike & Eskdale, Lake District; March 2017
It's been a while since I've done this walk - in fact around 18 months or so when testing gear before heading to the Pyrenees. The route is about 32 miles over two days which, on good footpaths is a fairy easy undertaking. However, it's that "good footpaths" part that provides the interest - and … Continue reading Appleby to Langwathby via Greg’s Hut, Cumbria; January 2017.
I've neglected hiking for the latter part of this year - Yes I did my annual long distance path in Scotland, managed a couple of Lakes Weekends, but that daily hiking, which I used to be really good at maintaining, has slipped by the wayside somewhat. Now, that's for various reasons none of which are … Continue reading Penyghent & Whernside, Yorkshire Dales NP; November 2016
After last year's Cape Wrath trail I want, and continue to want, to find routes which require you to leave paths behind and make your way across open countryside. The Skye trail isn't as demanding as the CWT, but it's tough in places - especially the Trotternish Ridge which pulls you up and down 8 … Continue reading The Skye Trail, Scotland; August 2016
After the trekking was done it was time to check out some of the other sites of Nepal. There was a nice distraction in Chitwan for a few days (I'd been laid low by an illnesss in a pleasant mountain town), but the outstanding place was Bhaktapur. Even though it was close to Kathmandu it … Continue reading Chitwan NP, Bhaktapur & Kathmandu; Nepal.