So I kind of wanted to give a little review of some of the gear I’ve used along the way which I found the most useful – just in case anyone should happen upon this blog who is also doing a long distance hike. The…

The End – Gear Review (Part 1)

So this is the part where I jump for joy, do backflips, and get a much deserved fanfare for finally bringing this journey to a close. I woke up at 4:30 am to get out on the trail as soon as possible. It was still dark…

Day 45 – St. Ives to Land’s End

Well, that walk certainly took a lot longer than I expected. I totally forgot about Hayle estuary and that you have to walk all the way around it to get to Lelant and through to St. Ives. Luckily I remembered the access route through the…

Day 44 – Porthtowan to St. Ives

If nothing else, there were plenty of interesting landmarks to take photos of along today’s stretch of the southwest coastal path. The sun peaked out at little intervals, but  the mild weather conditions were still pretty good for walking, with the exception of high winds…

Day 43 – Perranporth to Porthtowan

Brilliant day today. The sun was out and I was able to wear a t-shirt and shorts all day. I have to say I wasn’t expecting the coastal path to be so grueling, despite the mere 10 mile walking distance to Perranporth. As you can…

Day 42 – Newquay to Perranporth

I’ve never seen anything more depressing than hundreds of holiday-makers wandering the streets of Newquay with nothing to do when the sun isn’t shining. Couples screaming at each other, kids crying, dogs yapping, stoners smiling. Everyone red as lobsters from the only day of sun…

Day 41 – Day Off (Newquay, Cornwall)

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There is definitely something about Cornwall that is in my blood, perhaps somewhere down the line of mongrels in my lineage. When I left Canada back in 1991, almost immediately after I’d finished school and had held a job for at least a year, I’d…

Day 40 – Port Isaac to Newquay

Another long day, about 24 miles, but after doing a rough calculation I reckon I have under 100 miles left. This estimate includes projected road walks to cut off the unnecessary wide bends of the Cornish coastal path where I can lessen my mileage. If…

Day 39 – Launceston to Port Isaac

The Two Castles Trail. Apart from the rain, which was pretty much all day, again, I thoroughly enjoyed this walk. It covered 24 miles from Okehampton to Launceston. It covered many different regions: pastureland, woodland, moors, fields and dense forest. And due to the fact…

Day 38 – Okehampton to Launceston

I suppose when you whinge enough about the rain it does eventually stop and gives you a decent day. Only a brief shower early this morning and the skies cleared, almost completely at one point. I have been eagerly anticipating wearing shorts again, and I…

Day 37 – Tiverton to Okehampton

Rain, rain, go away, *#&!ing come back another day! Ok, so, if you have been living under a rock you’ll not have noticed it’s been raining every single bloody day lately. It was chucking it down in Taunton this morning, which at least allowed me…

Day 36 – Taunton to Tiverton

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Another walk down the old A38. It was extremely easy today, again with an urban footpath the entire way. Distance was about 20 miles. I started out at 6am this morning and came to a few conclusions about my own walking physiology. I tend to…

Day 35 – Burnham-on-Sea to Taunton

After such a lightweight day yesterday I was raring to go to cross the Clifton Suspension Bridge and get underway, however after about an hour I realised I was walking towards Weston-super-Mare. Oops 😖. Thankfully I soon found a connecting road on to the A38…

Day 34 – Clifton to Burnham-on-Sea

Hardly a walk at all today, only 12 miles and pretty much the whole way was suburb and inner city. Boooooring! Sorry, I refuse to take random photos of Halfords and Morrisons and try to make them seem interesting, so I haven’t included any enroute…

Day 33 – Alveston to Clifton

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Before leaving the Travelodge I checked my MET app for the updated weather report. I’d watched the weather on BBC news before passing out last night and recalled the weather girl reporting that, “Summer may return next week”. What the actual f#@k?  So there was…

Day 32 – Gloucestor to Alveston

For the most part my birthday wish came true, it only spat about 10 minutes of rain today and the rest of day was sunny and pretty epic as walking conditions go. I had a great night’s sleep and a big slap up breakfast at…

Day 31 – Worcester to Gloucester

I discovered something about my GPS last night which has helped me enormously today. Up until now I’ve been relying on Google Maps on my iPhone to plot routes when road walking, primarily because it has the feature where you can drop a pin on…

Day 30 – Walsall to Worcester

So today was pretty lightweight, only about 18 miles. I’m chomping at the bit now more than ever to get into the countryside, as opposed to all this walking through suburbs and inner city. Not to mention getting away from people staring at me looking…

Day 29 – Stafford to Walsall

Despite my better intentions I decided to hit the road early today and get walking along the A51, a continuation of the London Road, via Crewe Road, and quiet country lanes. My mood after yesterday was still full of misery and inclined to throw in…

Day 28 – Crewe to Stafford

OMG! Truly, it has to be said, this has been the hardest stretch of the journey I have yet encountered. Gone were the polite footpaths and cordial traffic, due in part by the fact there was simply no room to maneuver no matter which route…

Day 27 – Warrington to Crewe

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