Cape Wrath Trail (April 2011) – Neil & Tanya
A 200 mile route through the Highlands of Scotland, from Fort William to the most north-westerly point on mainland Britain at Cape Wrath. Possibly the most remote and challenging long-distance walk in Britain. It took us through some stunning mountain scenery, with plenty of sections of cross-country walking with no paths, and wild camping.
Stretching from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the Haute Route follows the 500 mile border between France and Spain going over some of the highest passes in the Pyrenees. Our most challenging walk to date, with steep snow, boulder fields and scrambling and stupidly heavy rucksacks.
I walked the 550 miles of the Way of St James across northern Spain, from St Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees to the medieval pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela, then on to Finisterre. With kind donations from friends, family and colleagues, the walk raised over 1000 pounds in aid of Shelterbox, who provide emergency shelter to people made homeless by disasters worldwide.
I loved the walk and the historical places en route, and the rolling countryside gave me good experience of walking on average 20 miles a day.
Cleveland Way (December 2009) – Tanya
109 miles long, starting at Helmsley on the North York Moors, and finishing at Filey on the Yorkshire Coast. I started on Boxing Day with deep snow on the ground, and finished on New Years Day with Neil’s company for the final stretch from Scarborough.
Good views but hard work, and with the most miserable wild camping I’ve ever done (wet down sleeping bag – not good). The grouse were good company though.
The Dales Way (April 2009) – Tanya
A thoroughly enjoyable walk of 84 miles from Ilkley in Yorkshire, through Wharfedale, Dentdale, and over to Windermere. Four days of spring sunshine, flowers and lambs (aah!)
The Pennine Way (December 2008 – January 2009) – Neil and Tanya
Gokyo and Everest Base Camp, Nepal (April 2006) – Neil and Tanya
Singalilla Ridge, northeast India (March 2006) – Neil and Tanya