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 Post subject: Scotland Coast to Coast:? A Highland Spring?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:44 am 
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As thoughts turn to spring (a bit early perhaps as it's only mid-October) I am considering a long distance walk in April or early May 2013.

I've got up to three weeks to spend on the trail. I could again tackle the Pennine Way or Southern Upland Way. Other obvious options include Offa's Dyke and the Cumbrian Way.

I’ve got plans for walking in the South West (Two Moors Way) in September 2013, so my thoughts are turning to the north and the Highlands.

I’ve had on my bookshelf for quite a few years a copy of Hamish Brown’s “Scotland Coast to Coast.” It was published back in 1990 and outlines a walk from Glen Shiel to Arbroath, as part of the Outdoor Challenge. The TGO Challenge takes place in May and while I admire all that set out to do it, I’m not so keen on organised walks (even of this calibre of challenge).

From what I can tell the Hamish Brown route is still generally tenable but things can change on the ground and no doubt there are better routings, particularly on the eastern half where it looks like a lot of road walking. I am more familiar with the western bits (which should still be brilliant). Any thoughts or advice on best routes or alternatives would be greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coast to Coast:? A Highland Spring?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:48 pm 
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Tim, you could borrow any of the dozens of routes that people use as part of TGO each year. Many of them get written up in various blogs across the ether. Google should be able to narrow down the search

One person you could look at is Alan Sloman, he's got about 10 routes published on his blog site. His name in google should work.

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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coast to Coast:? A Highland Spring?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:12 pm 
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Thanks Stuart. Good suggestions. While I have done some digging into TGO Challenge routes, most walkers setting out from Shiel Bridge on the west coast tend to steer almost directly east, whereas the route I'm contemplating generally heads in a SE direction -- to eventually take in Ben Nevis and a walk across Rannoch Moor. Time to do more research (half the fun surely? :D ) and see if Alan can provide some further advice. Cheers.


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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coast to Coast:? A Highland Spring?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:46 am 
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A quick update. Alan Sloman has confirmed the routing I've got in mind for cross Scotland is indeed a go. A final decision will need to be made in early January. Update to follow.


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Good new Tim, glad Alan managed to help. Top bloke!

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tjhodges wrote:
A quick update. Alan Sloman has confirmed the routing I've got in mind for cross Scotland is indeed a go. A final decision will need to be made in early January. Update to follow.



So is it a go tj ? :mrgreen:

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