It’s time to start thinking about a long distance walk for 2013. I’m looking for something which is up to about 2-3 weeks long, and have got a shortlist:
I originally intended to do the Cambrian Way in 2011 but even though I had 8 months off work, still couldn’t find a big enough gap to fit it in. Faced with splitting it into two walks, I decided to defer it. Accommodation planning made this difficult, but now that I have begun wild camping, this walk now seems a lot more doable.
Also in 2011 I toyed with the idea of doing the C2C, but couldn’t drum up the enthusiasm for it as it’s become so popular now. It was only after doing my own version of the Cumbrian Way that year that I realised that I could simply make my own up. Taking inspiration from the Alternative Coast to Coast (ACC) and Ravenber Way, I have devised my own route which blends aspects of all 3 and takes in some places I really want to visit.
The Southern Upland Way is a new one on my wishlist and makes it largely because it’s about the right length, can take in some decent hills on the way, is a coast to coast walk and would mean expanding my walking into Scotland, where I’ve done very little. But it’s not just about having the right specs – I’ve enjoyed the accounts of those that have done it and definitely want to do it at some point.
The West Highland Way (WHW) and Great Glen Way (GGW) has been on my list for a while, and despite being as popular as the C2C is still something I want to do. I would almost certainly take some high level alternatives along the way.
Please feel free to suggest alternatives.