The Great Glen Way south of Fort Augustus used to run parallel to the highway through the pine forest, but feedback from walkers that it was boring inspired an alternative route through the moorland at the top of the hill, above the trees.
The end of the West Highland Way is marked by a statue of a man with sore feet, and that’s a pretty accurate description of how we are feeling after our 25km walk today.
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For the first time this (Scottish) summer, I put sunscreen on my nose today. I’ve also been high enough to touch some snow.
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Today we crossed Rannoch Moor, reputedly one of Britain’s wildest, largest and most dangerous.
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In the morning, the valley below the hut was filled with cloud, but up where we were the sun was shining brightly.
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As we were making breakfast in the Lyell Saddle Hut, we watched six kaka flying over the valley below us.
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When it is finished (supposedly late 2015), the Old Ghost Road from Lyell to Seddonville will be one of New Zealand’s premier mountain bike rides. We decided to walk over it before it becomes infested with cyclists.
One section of the Te Araroa trail that we have always wanted to walk runs from downtown Auckland to Onehunga. Yesterday we decided that we would do it properly by parking in Devonport and catching the ferry to the city.
We have just returned from our first night away in the new campervan.
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Years ago, Felicity and I dragged my boys to the top of Mt Auckland. Afterwards we retraced our steps to the car park on Glorit – Kaipara Hills Rd, and ever since then I’ve wondered what the other half of the Mt Auckland Atuanui Walkway was like.
While most of NZ’s West Coast was getting battered by one of the worst storms in decades, Felicity and I have been tramping high in the mountains of Fiordland. Miraculously, we stayed dry the entire trip, although a few snowflakes drifted past when we were up near the top of Mt Luxmore.
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The weather looked a bit more promising this morning so we decided to go mountaineering. We hadn’t really planned to climb Snowdon, but since it is just up the road we realised it would be silly to waste the opportunity.
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