Category Archives: Walks

The Knoydart Diaries

The Trek and Run Team backpacked around Scotland for three weeks in the summer of 2014, a journey which included a four night stay on the Knoydart peninsula, an area known as one of the most remote places in Europe. We were supported on our journey by the following companies, who provided the resources we needed to make the best of our time there. Robens Tents and Sleeping Bags and Mats MSR Stoves Helly Hansen Clothes and Boots Jack Wolfskin Clothes Keen Boots Anatom Walking Poles The Camping and Caravanning Club Ultrasun…

The West Highland Way

The Trek and Run Team backpacked around Scotland for three weeks in the summer of 2014. We were supported on our journey by the following companies, who provided the resources we needed to make the best of our time there. Scotrail Caledonian Sleeper Service Robens Tents and Sleeping Bags and Mats MSR Stoves Helly Hansen Clothes and Boots Jack Wolfskin Clothes Keen Boots Anatom Walking Poles The Camping and Caravanning Club Ultrasun Cream To begin our Scottish adventure we travelled from London to Glasgow using the Scotrail Sleeper (find out more about…

The Walk up Conic Hill, Balmaha

The Trek and Run Team backpacked around Scotland for three weeks in the summer of 2014. We were supported on our journey by the following companies, who provided the resources we needed to make the best of our time there. Scotrail Caledonian Sleeper Service Robens Tents and Sleeping Bags and Mats MSR Stoves Helly Hansen Clothes and Boots Jack Wolfskin Clothes Keen Boots Anatom Walking Poles The Camping and Caravanning Club Ultrasun Cream To begin our first Scottish adventure we travelled from London to Glasgow by the Scotrail Sleeper (find out more…

Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park, Kinlochleven (near Glencoe)

We stayed at Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park for three nights whilst taking a break from hiking the West Highland Way (the Way passes through the village of Kinglochleven, a 3 mile walk, or bus ride, north of the campsite). It’s a quiet, scenic site on the shore of Loch Leven and in the shadow of the Glen Coe mountains run by a very friendly family. During the First World War the area was a prisoner of war camp and the dynamite store from that time (the prisoners were often employed in improving the roads…

The Coniston High Fells – 6km Walk & Wild Swim

This was a 6 hour walk, taking in wonderful high views and 2 places for decent wild swims. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map as the waymaking around this area is some of the worst I’ve seen, anywhere in the world, ever. You start the walk at Coniston Hall Campsite itself. The view below is of The Old Man of Coniston, as…

Aira Force – 6km Walk and Wild Swim

This walk will take in the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, plus the immediate areas worth seeing first surrounding it.  The whole area is owned by the National Trust and it’s a scenic wonder, and great for photography and wild swimming. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area), and its best to take that map I think. First, here’s a short film I made at Aira Force, to give you a taste of the surroundings. You start the walk at the free car park just…

By boat to Howtown & foot to Glenridding – 10km Walk

This is a lovely route, travelling north along Ullswater by steam boat, and back over the fells to Glenridding by foot. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area) to guide me. The path is well trodden and easily found in most places, you probably don’t need the map, especially if you download the free route guides that you can find on the Ullswater Steamers website (details below). First, here’s a short film that I made during the steam boat ride and trek. Secondly, Ullswater Steamers, who operate the steam boats on…

River Esk and Muncaster Castle – 9km Walk Guide

This was a 4 hour walk around the village of Ravenglass. It would be a nice walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead a great part of the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map, as the route isn’t always clear. You start the walk at Ravenglass Campsite itself. Walk along a footpath that leads into woods opposite the campsite for 5 minutes, to the village of Ravenglass itself and then along it’s small high street. At the end of the street…

Drigg Dunes and Beach – 11km Walk & Film

This is a walk along the Drigg Dune system, which is near Ravenglass, as wild a piece of dunes and beach as you’ll find in England I think. There are also opportunities for good sea swimming. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me to the start point, a car park near the sea, but once on the dunes and beach, there’s no need for a map. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning…

Steam Train to Eskdale & back – 12km Walk, Wild Swim & Film

This is a lovely route, travelling up into the Eskdale Valley from the coast by steam train, and back over the fells by foot. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, I think it would be very tough to find your way without it. First, here’s a short film that I made during the train ride and trek. I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club campsite where I was staying for a week and headed down the footpath to the village train…