TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 9

A look back at day nine of my first TGO Challenge in 2019. Finally the rain had arrived as we left Aviemore to tackle the high pass of Lairig Ghru to Glen Dee. 25km in total. For those not in the know; “The Great Outdoors Challenge is a unique and very special Scottish institution andContinue reading “TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 9”

TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 8

A look back at day eight of my first TGO Challenge in 2019. A short day in cooler conditions, walking the Burma Road to Aviemore. As we approached we got a view of the Flying Scotsman departing. 15km in total. For those not in the know; “The Great Outdoors Challenge is a unique and veryContinue reading “TGO Challenge 2019 – Day 8”

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: East Hill Views – New Years Day 2021

Up late, time to clear the head and wander up to East Hill from home, adhering to COVID Tier 3 guidelines to stay local. This is always a fine walk with views south to the high moor and north over Okehampton and further to Exmoor, but made particularly special after a dusting of snow.