walking and writing

Trails and trials of the writer who walks

A Mouse Ate My Hobnob

This week I’m in the  border lands between England and Scotland – on the Scottish side.  Until the early 17th century, the border was without definition and without sovereign law, each family clan looking … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Isaac’s Tea Trail

This week I am tracing a path through a landscape of Victorian history. In the very centre of the land mass known as Britain, is an area of outstanding natural … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula

  No prizes for guessing that deer are important to the economy of this area. Their turds are the size of wedding cakes and, in common with sheep, they would … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Cape Wrath Trail – Sourlies to Inverie

According to my bothy inmates, the section from Sourlies to Inverie is “straightforward”. Perhaps they mean it in the sense that assembling a flat-pack lawnmower might be straightforward. Rising late, … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Cape Wrath Trail – Sourlies Bothy

Following the night on the lonely hillock, and more failed attempts to locate the path through the Forest of No Return, today is a blurred memory of fast-flowing water, deep … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cape Wrath Trail – Urgent Review

If we are born with a supply of adrenalin sufficient for the average life-time, I think I may have used all mine today. First there was the river crossing. A mere … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

Cape Wrath Trail – Cona Glen to Glenfinnan

The morning passes with more hard surface deer-stalker trail. I’m making two mistakes right now: feeling peeved about the monotony of it, and smug that I’m already ahead of schedule. … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment