Category Archives: Far away

Three Lochs Forest Drive: a lochan and a loch

4.39 miles 1h 47min ascent 168m 4.39 miles 1h 47m ascent 168m Just two lochs for us, Reòidhte Lochan and Loch Drunkie. We had seen Loch Venachar a couple of days earlier. There is a map at the car park. … Continue reading

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Ben A’an – heaving high a forehead bare

2.6 miles 2h 53m ascent 340m The hill’s original name is thought to have been Am Binnean, or small pointed peak: a good descriptive name. But Sir Walter Scott called it Ben-An in his poem The Lady of the Lake and that … Continue reading

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Loch Katrine – the scenery of a fairy dream

13.4 miles 5h 25m ascent 373m Strochanlachar-Trossachs Pier Loch Katrine was gouged by glaciers during the last ice age, named for the ceathairne, highland robbers such as Rob Roy MacGregor who stalked its surroundings, and co-opted by Victorian engineers, who … Continue reading

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Signalhøjden: midges, magnets and murals

5 miles 3h 4m ascent 432m Signalhøjden, Narsarsuaq, Greenland Breakfast: scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and mushrooms. View: an iceberg strewn fjord, on one side Erik the Red had established a Norse outpost in 986 AD, on the other, the US … Continue reading

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Glenkens Pilgrim’s Way: a midsummer walk

7.74 miles  5h 9m ascent 252m The Ordnance Survey shows a footpath between Polmaddy and Carsphairn. For more than 500 years it was part of the main route through the Glenkens to the south coast. It was once part of … Continue reading

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No Particular Place to Go

3.15 miles about 1.5h 166m ascent Near Bala, Gwynedd I sat nursing the last vestiges of a hangover, warmed by the afternoon sun. The planned morning walk had not panned out. We had found the lakeside path closed. Three generations … Continue reading

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The Southernmost Fell

2.83 miles 1h 17m ascent 74m Longridge Fell/Spire Hill It’s been a while since I stood by a trig pillar. Coronavirus lockdown limitations and a return to work have each played their part. But rules have begun to relax and … Continue reading

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A Morning in Markudjik: Shaken and Perturbed

We decided to take the Gondola up to Yastrebets and explore the Markudjik slopes. Over breakfast I squinted at my phone checking various maps. How would we get to the Gondola? It wasn’t really clear. But the piste map had … Continue reading

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