Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Southern Upland Way next

Can't believe its been that long since the last entry, must have been in hibernation.
But, given the weather its not spring yet, yet alone summer!

In the time between I have been walking, finishing off the Thames Path in the first week of this year. One year to the day that I'd started it.

 On the theme of River walks, I've since started the Wye Valley Way, leaving Chepstow, walking upriver. Starting in the first week of March. I, now find myself some 67% completed, having walked from Chepstow - Monmouth - Ross on Wye - Hereford - Westbrook - Llyswen - Builth Wells.

Having walked the River Seven, Thames and now well up the Wye, I must admit the Wye has to be the best.

I found the Thames flat and whilst nice walking in and out of towns along the walk and through London with its sights at the end, other than the distances it was not very challenging. more a means to complete its part of the E2 path.

The Severn was more diverse than the Thames, but large parts were flat, like the Thames. That why the Wye so far has been the best, its climbs up the Valley often, presenting great changing views and also goes through some cracking places, additional to those mentioned are Symonds Yat and Hay on Wye. Both places previously visited. I remembered the walk into Hay on Wye with Graham a few years ago on Offa's Dyke (and his End to End). so five stars so far and with interesting walks to end up on Plnlymon, I can't see that changing.

On the matter of River walks, my Thames to Wye Walk (Oxford to Hereford) with my wife continues, with us on the outskirts of Worcester, and whilst on a watery theme I also completion the Oxford Canal Walk.

With me at Taunton on my Treadmill JOGLE and the other mountain walks, I actually completed 1169 miles last year, and am hovering around 350 miles so far this year. That however will significantly increase over the next few weeks as I am off this weekend to walk the Southern Upland Way, cross the South of Scotland from Portpatrick to Cocksburnpath. All as part of the bigger E2 path. On reaching the North Sea I'll drop down to Warkworth and walk down to Corbridge. So I expect a jump of 280+ miles.

Blogs are to follow, however, as the walk is through remote area's involving wild camps and Bothy stays away from civilisation some of these might be delayed


  1. Russ, following the Wye, why that has been secretlety on my todo list for some time, well done, look forward to blog posts when they come.

    Cheers J.P.

  2. Great post Russ, all the very best mate!