April 2008 : Cumbrian Way

The Cumbrian Way crosses England’s most popular national park, the Lake District. The path starts in Ulverston, on the coast, and finishes 68 miles later in Carlisle. Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston, and the town is home to the world famous Laurel & Hardy Museum

Bowfell in Lake District

The highest point on is Bowfell (2949 ft), which when tackled in zero visibility and powdery snow is quite a challenge. A map & compass are essential. Failing that a GPS will do, although ours was seriously confused and showed our speed to be 5 mph when it was no more than 2.

One highlight of the walk is the excellent local beer! Black Sheep, Jennings and Bluebird Bitter to name a few.

June 2007 : Ben Nevis and the Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way goes from one side of Scotland to the other via Loch Ness, below.

Loch Ness in Scotland

The 73 miles from Fort William to Inverness is mostly flat, but not if you do Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis (4409 ft), on the first day! A visit to the Ben Nevis Distillery helps with the recovery process.