Weeks 1-5: 92.56 km in January brought me as far Kinder Scout, having left the dead centre of England on January 1st. Having kept track of my distances daily using Strava, I've decided to keep a weekly running total from now on, to see how far I'll get!
Week 6 21.72 km (114.28 km so far)
From Brown Knoll, just south of Kinder Scout near Edale, north over Torside Reservoir, Yeoman Hay Reservoir, and finishing on the Holmfirth Road, at the very northern edge of the Peak District, the region known as the Dark Peak.
Week 7 31.36 km (145.64 km so far)
Leaving the Peak District, crossing the M62 between Huddersfield and Rochdale, passing 4 km west of Hebden Bridge and Hardcastle Crags (Pennine valley in West Yorkshire), and finishing on Boulsworth Hill, a large expanse of moorland, the highest point of the South Pennines of south-eastern Lancashire.
Week 8 26.55 km (172.19 km so far)
Week 9 50.71 km (222.9 km so far)
Continuing over the Yorkshire Dales from Malham Moor, through North Yorkshire, past the Ribblehead Viaduct, and finishing near the Great Asby Scar Nature Reserve, a limestone pavement in Cumbria. After Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, and Lancashire, Cumbria will be the last English county on this trip.
Week 10 23.52 km (246.42 km so far)
From Asby we leave the Yorkshire Dales behind, skirting up the western edge of the North Pennines AONB (second largest of the 49 AONBs in the UK), crossing the River Eden and finishing near the village of Blencarn, a Cumbria village about 6 km west of Cross Fell (highest mountain in the Pennines, 893 m). Now a few km east of Penrith on the eastern edge of the Lake District, but this route never quite takes me into the Lakes.
Week 11 27.27 km (273.69 km so far)
Skirting the western edge of the North Pennines AONB, just leaving the area to finish near Talkin Tarn, about 14 km east of Carlisle. Talkin Tarn is a glacial lake and country park near Brampton, Cumbria. Passed through Geltsdale, and its RSPB reserve.
Week 12 28.5 km (302.19 km so far)
After 300 km, I'm finally passing over the England-Scotland border near Kershopefoot, a small hamlet in Cumbria at the western edge of Kielder Forest Park, the largest human-made woodland in England. Here the border follows the loops of Liddel Water. Liddel Water's source is beneath Peel Fell in Roxburghshire, in the Scottish Borders, and flows into the River Esk at Willow Pool. Finished near the village of Ettleton. Ettleton is a village in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, in the former Roxburghshire. Here at the border, I'm about 30 km east of the Solway Coast AONB, but 87 km west of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
|Route from the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh.|
Week 13 32.90 km (335.09 km so far)
First week properly in Scotland, walking from Ettleton, via Teviothead on the A7 (Carlisle to Edinburgh), skirting the eastern edge of Craik Forest (a forest near Hawick in the Scottish Borders area), and finishing a kilometre west of Hellmoor Loch. This is the Scottish Uplands, southernmost and least populous of mainland Scotland's three major geographic areas (the others being the Central Lowlands and the Highlands).
Week 14 22.53 km (357.62 km so far)
Continuing through the Scottish Uplands, across Ettrick Water, Yarrow Water, and finishing very close to the River Tweed in the Cardrona Forest on the A72. The Tweed flows 97 miles through the Scottish Border regions into the North Sea at Berwick.
Week 15 27.73 km (385.35 km so far)
Onwards through the Tweed Valley Forest Park, past Portmore Reservoir near Westloch. Leaving the Southern Uplands to enter the Central Lowlands. Through Penicuik (a town in Midlothian on the west bank of the River North Esk) and into the Pentland Hills Regional Park, to finish near Capelaw Hill. The Pentland Hills run southwest from Edinburgh, so I'm on the outskirts of the Scottish capital now, and apparently there are great views of the city from this hill.