TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 7

A look back at day seven of my first TGO Challenge in 2019. The good weather continued as we made our way through the Monadhliath Mountains to camp at The Red Bothy. 25km in total. For those not in the know; “The Great Outdoors Challenge is a unique and very special Scottish institution and inContinue reading “TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 7”

TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 6

A look back at day six of my first TGO Challenge in 2019 and my favourite section of the whole walk. Another scorcher as we made our way from Stonelairg Wind Farm up Glen Markie in the magnificent Monadhliath Mountains. 19km in total. For those not in the know; “The Great Outdoors Challenge is a uniqueContinue reading “TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 6”

TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 5

A look back at day five of my first TGO Challenge in 2019. A baking hot day and a 22 km climb up into the Glendoe Forest, the Stonelairg Wind Farm and the start of the Monadhliath Mountains.  For those not in the know; “The Great Outdoors Challenge is a unique and very special ScottishContinue reading “TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 5”

TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 4

A look back at day four of my first TGO Challenge in 2019. In comparison to yesterday’s distance ensured we had a relatively short 16 km amble along the Caledonian Canel to Fort Augustus. For those not in the know; “The Great Outdoors Challenge is a unique and very special Scottish institution and in 2019Continue reading “TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 4”

TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 3

Continuing my look back at my first TGO Challenge in 2019. Day 3 and after waking to a beautiful morning on the shores of Loch Cuaich, we ended up walking 38 km to Invergarry when we couldn’t find a suitable spot to wildcamp. For those not in the know; “The Great Outdoors Challenge is aContinue reading “TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 3”

TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 2

Continuing my look back at my first TGO Challenge in 2019 and day 2, walking 24km from Barisdale Bay to the shores of Loch Cuaich. This proved to be a hard day for me as Scotland found itself in a bit of a heatwave. For those not in the know; “The Great Outdoors Challenge isContinue reading “TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 2”

TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 1

A look back at day one of my first TGO Challenge in 2019. After the ferry from Mallaig to Inverie it was a walk of 14.5km to Barisdale Bay. For those not in the know; “The Great Outdoors Challenge is a unique and very special Scottish institution and in 2019 we celebrated the 40th Challenge.Continue reading “TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 1”

Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks of Blackadon Down

The following blog post is the culmination of two consecutive weekends on Blackadon Down. I felt the wealth of granite found on my solo visit merited a return with Tim Jenkinson, to verify the outcrops I had found. Also present, my friend Matthew King had the chance to experience these previously undocumented tors. Parked upContinue reading “Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks of Blackadon Down”

Dartmoor: Holne Chase (with kind permission)

Having had a friendly encounter with the owner of Was Tor a few weeks back I was in a positive mind that approaching landowners to ask for access permission might not result in a flat “No!” every time. When the majority of tors and rocks that remain on my list are buried deep within privateContinue reading “Dartmoor: Holne Chase (with kind permission)”