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Hiking England’s Southwest Coast Path

Last summer my daughter spent three weeks attempting to hike England's 630 mile Southwst Coast Path. I say attempt because she gave it her best shot for three weeks. The Southwest Coast Path is what one would call an epic adventure as it follows the scenic coastline of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. But after rain, rain and more rain, ferry schedules that didn't mesh with my daughter's timetable, expensive plus hard to book B&B's…

10 of our Favourite Long Distance Walks in the UK

This is a guest blog post by Luke Scrine, accessories buyer at Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, who offer outdoor clothing and equipment online plus excellent walking, biking and hiking kit advice in any one of their 25 outdoor shops in the UK. With so many footpaths and bridleways criss-crossing the UK it would be possible to spend a lifetime walking the length and breadth of the country, exploring its hidden nooks and crannies, marveling at its favourable…

Notes from the Trail: Hiking the Camino de la Plata – Week 4

This is the fourth installment of five on my daughter's hike on Spain's 1000 kilometer Camino de la Plata. She is now expecting to be almost a week ahead of schedule and is hoping to be finished in a total of 36 days . This segment covers 185 kms (111 miles) over the week - in some tough (high heat, long days) conditions. If you want more information you can read notes from the trail…

Notes from the Trail: Hiking the Camino de la Plata – Week 1

My daughter, Kristen, is in Spain walking the 1,000 kilometre Camino de la Plata which begins in Seville in the south and heads north then northwest to finish in Santiago. Every week for about 6 weeks I will post her updates on hiking this trail. In an email to me she says that you absolutely need a hiking guide - and even then you can expect some challenging route finding.  If you had told me…

Packing List for a Long Distance Walk

I'm off to Great Britain tomorrow with a girlfriend to hike the 70 mile Cumbria Way which bisects the Lake District in England and the 95 mile West Highland Way in western Scotland. I'm a bit smarter than last year when I hiked the Dingle Way and the Kerry Way in Ireland with a fully loaded backpack. This time I've organized a baggage service to move my big backpack every night at a cost of £7 per bag.…

What’s the Better Hike – The Kerry Way or The Dingle Way?

Last year I walked the Kerry Way and the Dingle Way, two long distance walks in western Ireland, back to back. So what's the better hike? Is one necessarily better than the other? What's to compare? The Kerry Way is the more famous walk of the two. It starts in Killarney and wanders through a variety of terrain for 203 kms (122 miles). It is primarily an inland route. Most people allow 8-10 days and the…

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