Thursday, 30 May 2013

Gloomy pennines

Mixed weather since I last blogged. Met wife Carol at tan hill, first time in a month! Gloomy typical pennine weather, misty wet underfoot. Now in wensleydale doing our Wallace and Gromit impressions. To Horton tomorrow.

Friday, 24 May 2013

back in England!!

We crossed over the border at 12.30 yesterday. We had a great night at Forest View in Byrness. What a place! As near perfect as could be Thanks Colin and Joyce. ! Severe weather continues, no electricity in forest view due to storms this morning. Very cold here in Bellingham. Lovely meal with fellow walker this evening- thanks!!! Onwards tomorrow.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Heading for the border

We will.hit the peninne way tomorrow. We.have had mixed weather, one night we had an incredible storm, the campsite flooded and we narrowly missed being washed out. Today I was able to pack up a dry.tent for.the first time. We are in jedburgh after some lovely walking through the border towns of Peebles, Melrose and Innerleithin. Back in England around midday tomorrow after 3 weeks and 450 miles in Scotland. Midge had a period of illness in Peebles but the great folks at Two rivers vet practice sorted him out and did not charge us for the consultation. They even made a donation through our justgiving site. talking of which we have raised over £900 so far

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Not blogged for a few days, the weather was good from drymen to kilsyth, then OK to linlithgow

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Lap of luxury

Staying in an amazon bnb tonight, the people thought that midge and I might enjoy a little extra space after the tent. We have a log cabin all to ourselves, it is so smart. Back to.the.tent tomorrow. we had our photo taken for the Scottish Sun and an article will appear on Sunday. I hope this raises more cash. The walking was long but easy today along old railways and the canal. More of the same tomorrow. Really looking forward to the peninne way.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

end of the WHW

Sorry for not. Posting for so long. This is mainly because of the lousy blogsite. we have just got through 100 hours of rain sleet and snow. Loads of people gave up In bridge of orchy,.they were only doing the west.highland way. When we got views they were sensational like the.highlands in January. tomorrow we complete the WHW and cross the industrial heart of Scotland. Really looking forward to the pennine way. I am surprised at how fit I feel!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

interesting in kinlochleven

We have been promised a.week of rain, which is no fun with a wet collie and a small tent.. Snow has been forecast once again. Now in kinlochleven caught a Jacobite society do. It promises to be lively. Wish us better weather.

Friday, 10 May 2013

GGW done WHW tomorrow!

WE: Sorry I have not blogged for a while but the phone and the website do not like each other. We are now in Fort William, having had to slow down in order to get in to our pre booked bnb. The weather has been kind but now is rainy. we had a great wild camp last night and woke up to a blue sky and a perfect view of a snow covered Ben Nevis. We start the West highland way in the morning. We are both fit. Off for a beer . Thanks to; Aussies Brent and Sue Balchin and Dawn Harkness for donations to Hounds for Heroes. You can also donate through our justgiving page Paul and Midge

Monday, 6 May 2013


Thank you to the following who have given money directly, this will appear on our just giving page as various Keith Cashner the lovely people at the clachnaharry inn Pamela maclennan. Thanks Also thanks to the fantasticj Corran guest house who were exceptional.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Lovely time in Lairg. Nice walk over tracks including the Carnegie road which is new to me. the sleet started with am hour to camp and we were soaked. Pitched and made it to a pub. ?bloke refuse us entry.I reasoned, begged and blackmailed but no go. We made it back to the tent, midge was soaked and shivered so much I wrapped him: in a survival blanket. The sleet stopped at 1am. We got up early and carried on. We cut our journey to inverness and completed that today in sunshine. In a b nb now excellent. On to the GGW in the am.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

wind snow hail

The weather has been rough. Even when the sun does shine the 30 to 50 mph winds are exhausting.. One night the snow and hail froze the tent to they ground. Even so we are making great progess I spent my birthday, yesterday, in a fantastic bothy with views of snowy peaks. It had a stove ,And I had whisky what could be better? Midge is in fine form but nonstop, always wanting to play even after 20 miles in a headwind. it is tough but we are enjoying it.