walking

Knoydart – a TGO Challenge Pre-amble, or a Post-lockdown Taster?

T was keen to revisit his youth! He had worked as a gillie on an estate while a fresh-faced student. He ran up and down the pathless hills to manoeuvre deer towards the hunters. On his days off he took free and walked to The West reaching the edge of that blank part of the …

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Braemar / Ballater to Ballochan

Someone calls Ballater their ‘secret weapon’ for the TGO. I’m not sure why, but it does seem counter-intuitive to head this way when wilder scenery of Lochnagar beckons to the south east. It is a pleasant town with a range of restaurants and other facilities and a campsite right by the centre. The route from Braemar is straight …

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Wrecks challenge the TGO ers on Shelf Moor Bleaklow

The Snake Pass Inn is in an excellent location between two of the highest masses in the Peak District – namely Kinder and Bleakhow. The room decor is bizarre, but people aren’t coming here a 4 star hotel experience.    Several of my companions in fact decided to forego the room experience altogether and camped …

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Begone Bad Blisters! (or Compeed is Not Enough)

Anti-blister kit My new anti-blister kit! Keeping feet in good shape is essential for a walking trip long or short. Blisters and foot pain comes from friction. Reduction of friction must be a priority – and is something Compeed and the newer specialist blister plasters do not address. Also a priority is to keep dressings …

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