The Southern Upland Way
The days of me carrying a full camping pack long distance, 20 to 30 miles a day are long gone.
For several years now I have struggled with ankle and feet problems. These problems forced me to give up walking for a few years, but since February I have been putting in some easy miles and working the miles up gently. So far my ankles and feet seem to be holding up the the job nicely. From 1st of June 2018 I will start to slowly increase the mileage, terrain difficulty and carrying a gradual weight increase in my back pack. Hopefully by May 2019 I will be fit and up for the challenge.
THE SOUTHERN UPLAND WAY
The Southern Upland way is 212 miles long, cutting through some of the best scenery southern Scotland has to offer.
It can be walked east to west or west to east, I intend to walk west to east, I hate the wind and there is more chance of the wind being on my back walking this direction as the British Isles generally have a prevailing westerly flow.
The walk begins in Portpatric on the Irish sea cost of Dumfries and Galloway, crossing the M74 at Beatock and ending at Cockburnspath about 20 miles north of Berwick upon Tweed on the North Sea coast.
I intend to carry a full pack but try to pack only the essential in order to reduce weight. There are virtually no shops close to the route so I will need to carry all of my food. I will have my wife Karen meet me at the half way point to refresh my food supplies and give me a chance to charge some batteries in the car for a couple of hours. My dog Souki will also accompany me on the walk, she will also have a back pack on so she can carry some of her food.
I intend to walk up to 15 miles a day, this should allow me to complete the walk in 14 days. I would have preferred to keep the walk to 10 miles a day but this would extend the walk by a week, even if my feet can withstand the distance my back could not take a sleeping mat for an extra week and it would also mean Karen would need to try and meet me somewhere for a second time.