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In my dotage I have been seduced by the compulsion to go on long-distance
walks. So far I have done a dozen or so and have enjoyed them all in
varying degrees (ugh! not another hill!). I have never been
'sporty' - I just like looking at the changing landscape and, especially,
getting up high and taking in the panoramic views. I also enjoy sightseeing along the way and, especially, eating and there is lots of good food to be had as you go.
So, these walks have been
done at almost half the speed recommended by the walking fraternity. I try
and aim for an average of about ten miles per day - and with rest days about
once a week (wherever there is something really good to see or enjoy)!
These reviews are offered here in the hope that they may prove useful to
someone and because I like to read other people's reviews when I plan a walk
myself. Reviews are of (a) the walk and (b) the accommodation and (c) food
to be had along the way.
Completed Long Distance Walks
- NEW THE COTSWOLD WAY: link to official website,
My first attempt in March 1915 was interrupted a twisted ankle but this walk is so spectacular and interesting that I went back later and completed it over two years as follows:
- Cotswold Way 1915
- Cotswold Way 1917
- Cotswold Way 1918
- Coastal Path/St. Oswald's Way, June 2015 (35 miles, 5 days, review coming)
- The Dales Way: link to Association website, May 2015 (80 miles, 10 days, review coming)
Well-signed and maintained route from Ilkley to Windermere walking along the Wharfe, Dee, Rawthey, Lune and Kent rivers with an occasional hill between valleys.
Pleasant walk with good views and abundant flora and fauna.
- Settle to Carlisle Railway Walk : link to official website) 2014 (in progress)
A sad interruption to this walk as my original companions are no longer able to complete it. But three of us did the
first section and I may, at some stage, go back and do the whole thing.
- Lady Anne's Way: link to official website 2013 (100 miles, 11 days, review coming)
Skipton to Penrith in the footsteps (well, hoofsteps) of Lady Anne Clifford who, in the 17th century, renovated five castles, built churches, schools, almshouses and bridges along the way.
Wonderful vistas and picturesque towns and villages.
- St. Cuthbert's Way - April 2013 (63 miles, 8 days, review completed)
From Scotland to Holy Island, a well-signed and maintained path over farmland and hills which ends by walking the Pilgrim's Path across tidal sands to lovely Lindisfarne.
- Thames Path - June 2010-November 2012 (184 miles, 21 days, review completed)
this path is flat and the riverside scenery far from spectacular, it is endlessly fascinating because of the variety of wildlife, boats, houseboats, riverside houses, ancient villages, historic towns and great cities.
- Isaac's Tea Trail: link to official website - October 2012 (36 miles, 4 days, review coming)
variety of upland landscape packed into each of the four days.
- Cleveland Way - April 2008 (77 miles, 9 days, review completed)
Helmsley to Whitby: a walk around the edge of North York Moors
with spectacular views of hills and coast.
- Camino Frances - Le Puy to Pamplona - May-June
2007 (800 miles, 2 months plus, review completed)
A walk through a very muddy France (where it rained EVERY day) and over the Pyrenees and on to Pamplona in Spain. An experience.
- Hadrian's Wall Path: link to official website - August 2007 (84 miles, 10 days, review coming)
A walk across England from sea to (almost) sea, notable for comfortable, friendly B&Bs, excellent pub grub and a wonderful insight into the Roman occupation of England.
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