Monthly Archives: August 2013

Pictures from Staffordshire and Shropshire

The The canal path we followed for part of the way to Alsager A A lovely old village church on the way to Market Drayton Norton Norton In Hales – Shropshire\’s best kept village. See what you think Views Views of the best kept village in Shropshire: what do you think? Norton Norton in Hales in bloom Norton Norton in Hale in bloom Some Some of the gardens were rather lovely Ternhill Ternhill guest house at Market Drayton was rather lovely with this beautiful garden \"Ternhill Ternhill Guest House

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A A pretty river on the road to Shrewsbury

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Pictures of North Yorkshire and Lancashire

Views along the road to Settle

Views along the road to Settle

The green and pleasant lands on the road to Settle

The green and pleasant lands on the road to Settle

beautiful stone walling marking out the fields on the road to settle

beautiful stone walling marking out the fields on the road to settle

Such interesting landscaping on the road into Settle

Such interesting landscaping on the road into Settle

The first sighting of Settle nestled in amongst the hills

The first sighting of Settle nestled in amongst the hills

The river Ribble winding its way through Settle

The river Ribble winding its way through Settle

Another view of the beautiful river Ribble in Settle

Another view of the beautiful river Ribble in Settle

The beautiful riverside walk among the flowers on the road to Clitheroe

The beautiful riverside walk among the flowers on the road to Clitheroe

The River Ribble marking our path to Clitheroe

The River Ribble marking our path to Clitheroe

The River Ribble continuing to mark the way to Clitheroe in all its beauty

The River Ribble continuing to mark the way to Clitheroe in all its beauty

Such a beautiful walk, slipping in and out of the wonderful River Ribble on the road to Clitheroe

Such a beautiful walk, slipping in and out of the wonderful River Ribble on the road to Clitheroe

Continuing to stay close to the River Ribble, on the way to Blackburn

Continuing to stay close to the River Ribble, on the way to Blackburn

Still following this long, beautiful and winding river to Blackburn

Still following this long, beautiful and winding river to Blackburn

Leaving the RIver Ribble the views of the countryside certainly fulfil the aim to please on the road to Wigan

Leaving the RIver Ribble the views of the countryside certainly fulfil the aim to please on the road to Wigan

Returning to open fields on the walk to Wigan was very lovely

Returning to open fields on the walk to Wigan was very lovely

Whilst walking through country lanes we came to a village called Rivington, which sported the finest set of stocks I\'ve seen outside of a museum!

Whilst walking through country lanes we came to a village called Rivington, which sported the finest set of stocks I’ve seen outside of a museum!

The River Douglas flowing out of Rivington

The River Douglas flowing out of Rivington

The Roman Road being celebrated with this line of original Colom\'s on the road to Hartford

The Roman Road being celebrated with this line of original Colom\’s on the road to Hartford

This was a lovely little resting place at Acton Bridge

This was a lovely little resting place at Acton Bridge

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The The river Esk, on the way to Talkin Views Views around the beautiful hamlet of Talkin A A beautiful river walk to Little Salkeld Views Views of the river walk to Little Salkeld Views Views on the road to Shap The The Yorkshire Dales The The Yorkshire Dales Views Views on the road to Sedberg Views Views on the road to Sedberg Views Views on the road to Sedberg views views on the road to Sedberg Vews Vews on the road to Sedberg Views Views on the road to Sedberg Views Views on the road to Sedberg Sedberg Sedberg Views Views on the road to Kirkby Lonsdale

Pictures from the last bit of Scotland

Here are the final pictures from Scotland.  It is clear to see that the Highlands have been left behind as we move into more rural and cultivated pastures.  Road walking was not much fun, but the scenery was still rather pleasant.

 

A view along Lanark Loch

A view along Lanark Loch

Lanark Loch

Lanark Loch

What was an old barracks, made into a residential house playing tribute to the barracks it once was.

What was an old barracks, made into a residential house playing tribute to the barracks it once was.

In memory

In memory

A tribute

A tribute

A view on the route to Moffatt

A view on the route to Moffatt

A view on the way to Moffatt

A view on the way to Moffatt

The resting place for a night in Lockerbie

The resting place for a night in Lockerbie

Views along the way to Gretna Green

Views along the way to Gretna Green

Views along the road to Gretna Green

Views along the road to Gretna Green

As Scotland draws to a close.......................

As Scotland draws to a close…………………..

..............we enter England:)

…………..we enter England:)

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Pictures from the rest of the West Highland Way

Here is the remainder of the West Highland Way.  This part of the walk took us up through the Trussochs, along the beautiful banks of Loch Lomond, over Conic Hill and into Mingavie, this being the start of the WHW for most, but for me it marked the end.  It was quite a sad day to finish this beautiful walk through the beautiful mountains of the Scottish highlands.  Challenges came in their many with hills, rain, bursting waterfalls and the subsequent wet and slippery banks of the loch.  Each of these challenges were embraced to their full as with each step I became stronger and more confident in my ability and self belief, and seriously, how could you focus on the challenge when immersed in such beauty?

 

The beginning of Loch Lomond

The beginning of Loch Lomond

A very happy me at Inversnaid Loch Lomond

A very happy me at Inversnaid Loch Lomond

One of the many waterfalls on the way

One of the many waterfalls on the way

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Balmaha on Loch Lomond at the foot of Conic Hill

Balmaha on Loch Lomond at the foot of Conic Hill

The start of the long climb up Conic Hill

The start of the long climb up Conic Hill

Me with Loch Lomond in the background just part way up this amazing hill

Me with Loch Lomond in the background just part way up this amazing hill

A view across Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill

A view across Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill

A view across Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill

A view across Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill

A view across Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill

A view across Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill

A view across Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill

A view across Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill

A view across Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill

A view across Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill

Looking back at the mountains and Conic Hill whilst walking to Milngavie; the end of the West Highland Way\

Looking back at the mountains and Conic Hill whilst walking to Milngavie; the end of the West Highland Way

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The West Highland Way days 1-4: Fort William to the Drover Inn

Lock Linnhe near Fort William: the start of the West Highland Way (for us anyway)

Lock Linnhe near Fort William: the start of the West Highland Way (for us anyway)

A small loch in the mountain tops on the way to Kinlochleven

A small loch in the mountain tops on the way to Kinlochleven

Loch Leven

Loch Leven

In the mountains on the way to Kings House

In the mountains on the way to Kings House

The snowy mountain tops

The snowy mountain tops

Kings House

Kings House

A wild deer at Kings House

A wild deer at Kings House

The path to Inveranan through the mist

The path to Inveranan through the mist

In the mountain tops

In the mountain tops

One of the many thundering waterfalls in the Trussochs on the rainy day

One of the many thundering waterfalls in the Trussochs on the rainy day

The misty view

The misty view

one of the many bursting, thunderous waterfalls

one of the many bursting, thunderous waterfalls

And another

And another

This one is thundering over the banks!

This one is thundering over the banks!

The bursting waterfall behind the Drovers Inn

The bursting waterfall behind the Drovers Inn

 

The West Highland Way was a treat to behold.  Never before have I walked in a place of such total isolation.  Because we were walking the path backwards, by 4pm there was not another sole to be seen.  The solitude and peace were breath taking.  At times I had no phone signal, no GPS and no 3G.  Terrifying at first: to be so alone, and once I came to terms with this it was a joy.  The Drovers Inn was beautifully unspoilt and when I arrived here I was soaked to the skin.  It took 2 days to dry my clothes out! This was the only really wet day of the whole walk and what a beautiful place for it to occur.  The waterfalls gave the sound of thunder as we wound our way through to wooded mountains.  Stunning:)

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Home: 4 weeks on…………….

Yes, I’ve been home for just over 4 weeks now and feel that an update may be appreciated by my followers 🙂

Wow, what an experience!  yes I am home yet still my mind is somewhere else.  With my primary focus being on walking for 9 weeks, it is not easy to settle back into normality: whatever that may be.  As my feet were very bruised and sore they are still recovering also, and having seen the foot care lady, Lorna, this week, she assures me that I am not advised to walk at this stage.  I did try a 7-8 mile walk last week and my right foot swelled 🙁 this is apparently due to them still not being happy. All is well though, as I have now bought a bike – YAY! Having rediscovered my love of cycling whilst on a rest day in Wadebridge it seemed like the obvious answer so yes, I am the proud owner of a Raleigh mountain bike and even went for a short ride today and it was lovely.

Hopefully my feet will soon be fully fit for some walking, and to help them on their way I shall treat them to a beach holiday in Sham el Shake, Egypt. (not sure how you spell that?!) Fingers crossed we will be allowed to travel there.  Just what my feet and husband need I feel.  Yes, my husband and family are very pleased to have me home which is wonderful.  It really is nice to know that you have been missed as much as I clearly have; thank you all.

Now I have the bug: the long distance walking bug, and everywhere I look I am seeking out my next opportunity, 2 of which have presented very nicely.  The light wake walk in Yorkshire is a 40 miler in one day for next year, and the South West Coastal Path in 2 years time taking in up to 800 miles of the finest coast Britain has to offer.  I had hoped to do the Ridgeway Path this year but it seems Mark and my feet have other ideas:) hmmm, where there’s a will there’s a way?!

I continue to sort and publish the photos from the walk and have so far completed to the end of the Great Glen Way which was day 11.  Next to come will be the West Highland Way with the sun and the rain and the waterfalls that sound like thunder. Hopefully you will enjoy viewing them  as much as I did taking them 🙂

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Pictures from Day 9-10: The Great Glen Way

A view of Loch Ness as I walked the Great Glen Way

 

Amazingly big trees: how small is Alec?!

Amazingly big trees: how small is Alec?!

One of the many beautiful waterfalls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View across Loch Ness from the path

View across Loch Ness from the path

What a way to spend a day! on Loch Ness

What a way to spend a day! on Loch Ness

Another view of the loch and the mountains beyond

A beautiful scene from Invermoriston

A beautiful scene from Invermoriston

A part of the Caledonian Canal: part of the Great Glen Way

The snow topped mountains that surrounded us

 

We only walked part of the Great Glen Way, from Drumnadrochit to Corpach(Fort William).  This amounted to approximately 50 miles which we covered in 2 days.  Probably the toughest 2 days of the walk.  The scenes were stunning and it was a relatively easy walk, being mainly paths.  These pictures are just a snapshot in time of 2 days of being enveloped in this majestic scenery.  A ‘must do’ walk for anyone and everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures days 1-10: John O’Groats – Drumnadrochit

Here are some of my considered ‘best pictures’ during the days of walking through from John O’Groats to Drumnadrochit.  This was our first rest day which is at the foot of Loch Ness, and took in approximately 134 miles over a period

Monday 13th May 2013: John O'Groats

Monday 13th May 2013: John O’Groats

of 8 days.

The East coastline walking to Helmsdale

The East coastline walking to Helmsdale

Helmsdale Harbour: a lovely little hamlet on the east coast

Helmsdale Harbour: a lovely little hamlet on the east coast

 

Seal watching in the sun on one of the many beautiful beaches

Seal watching in the sun on one of the many beautiful beaches

 

A wonderful expanse of beach in the Brora area

Bridge over the Comarty Firth: I had hypnotherapy before going on the walk as I found these big bridges to be a little daunting - lol.  It worked: I loved it!

Bridge over the Comarty Firth: I had hypnotherapy before going on the walk as I found these big bridges to be a little daunting – lol. It worked: I loved it!

 

View crossing the Comarty Firth

View crossing the Comarty Firth

Walking across the hills in the Invergordon area

Walking across the hills in the Invergordon area

......... and a tiny loch was there to be found!

……… and a tiny loch was there to be found!

 

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