Category Archives: Far away

Samaria Gorge and the twenty-one steps

10.2 miles, 5h 15m,  descent from 1233m to sea level. Samaria Gorge, Crete A long tale, I’m afraid, but it was a long day. My pick up was at a pre-dawn 5.45 am. The alarm was set for 5 am … Continue reading

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Στην Κνωσό μέσω Ηρακλείου: A Minoan Morning

Distance: Not much actual walking. Climb: Virtually none. Duration: Left after breakfast, back for lunch. Knossos by bus A journey rather than a walk, and certainly not an epic journey. As I walked from the hotel I left the unreal … Continue reading

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The Donalds

  Percy Donald, wrote “The two-thousand feet tops of the Scottish lowland uplands” for the journal of the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1935, listing 133 tops and 15 humps in southern Scotland. He had decided to visit all the “Lowland … Continue reading

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Glensherup Round

7.9 miles  3h 43m  ascent 539m Innerdownie-Whitewisp Hill-Tarmangie Hill-Cairnmorris Hill-Ben Shee This was a straightforward route starting from the reservoir; through the forest to Innerdownie; along the ridge to Whitewisp Hill and Tarmangie Hill; across the shallow col to Cairnmorris … Continue reading

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The Western Ochil Donalds

15.6 miles  6h 30m  ascent 1093m Blairdenon hill-Greenforet Hill-Blairdenon Hill-Ben Buck-Ben Cleuch-Andrewgannel Hill-King’s Seat Hill An early breakfast, then up the road. I parked, as before, in the Ochil Hills Woodland Park, near Alva. A red banded way-marker shows the … Continue reading

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Facing up to the wind on Ben Ever

4.71 miles  2h 42min  ascent 553m (abandoned: strong winds) Looks like I picked the wrong week for my two day Donald-bagging in the Ochils. The planned walk for day 1 had been: Ochils Woodland Park-Silver Glen-Ben Ever-Blairdenon-Glenforet Hill-Ben Buck-Ben Cleuch, … Continue reading

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The Glen Artney 2Ks

10.2 miles   6h 8min  ascent 775m Am Beannan-Meall Clachach-Uamh Bheag-Beinn Odhar-Beinn nan Eun The Glen Artney Donalds. What? If Percy Donald didn’t include them, why should I  accept them as Donalds. Mind you, we shouldn’t blame the hills themselves. … Continue reading

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MLT expedition: should have eaten my spinach

12.8 miles  950m ascent   2 days (probably 14 hours) Where do I start this tale? I’ll skip the story of the packing and begin at breakfast. Preserved Killick, fresh out of Portsmouth, could not have beaten it. I slipped … Continue reading

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Cir Mhor and the Castles

8.5 miles 7h 50m ascent 1013m Sannox-Cir Mhor-Caisteal Abhail-Sail an Im-North Sannox Day 2 (for us) of the Arran Mountain Festival. Judging by the sunlight coming through the curtains when I woke up we were in for a scorcher. I … Continue reading

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The Barren Hill

7.8 miles. 947m ascent. 6h 55m Pirnmill-Beinn Bharrain-Mullach Buidhe-Beinn Bhreac-Coire Fhionn Lochan-Mid Thunderguy This was the first day of a two day outing to Arran, taking in some guided walks in the Arran mountain festival. Day one was to be … Continue reading

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