a 3,500 mile, unsupported walk from Lands End to John O’ Groats passing through the highest point in each of the 84 historic counties of Britain.
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  Longest distance between tops
Norfolk to Huntingdonshire (201km)
distance completed
5,583 km
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2011 Reports


Thu, 01-Dec - Dollar

Had hoped to return and complete the section to Inverness before thewinter set in. Unfortunately by the time I'd finished editing the November issue of Dollar News the weather had broken, so I've decided to call it a day for this year.

I WILL return in 2012 when the nights start drawing out again and complete the journey. I may even continue beyond John o Groats and visit the high points of Orkney and Shetland before I finally hang up my boots!

Sat, 15-Oct - Carrbridge

Followed the Speyside Way south to Boat of Garten and then across to Carrbridge to catch the train back to Dollarto help with the final organisation of the annual Dollar Fireworks Disaplay.

Fri, 14-Oct - Grantown on Spey

Bright sunny day to climb through the Cromdale Hills to climb Carn a Ghille Chearr, the high point of Morayshire.

Thu, 13-Oct - Tomintoul

Similar weather to yesterday walking in sunshine up Strathdon and Glen Avon to Tomintoul. Cairngorm Hills shrouded in hill fog behind.

Wed, 12-Oct - Cock Bridge

Another weather window this week, so bus back to Ballater yesterday. Left Deeside heading for Strathdon and Cock Bridge with bright blue skies in front of me and thick grey clouds behind.

Fri, 30-Sep - Ballater

I followed another old drove road today the Firmouth Road over Tampie and Gannoch into Glen Tanar to rejoin the Dee at Dinnet. Then a 2 hour blast following the Deeside Way and the old railway line back to Ballater.

Another very warm but brezzy day but as the weather is forecast to break tomorrow and the next stage to Inverness can be completed without a tent I plan to return home, empty the rucksack and wait for the next weather window.

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Thu, 29-Sep - Tarfside

Still mild and dry for the climb up Mount Battock, the high point of Kincardineshire. Although strong winds and low cloud meant a chilly final climb to the summit. The promised views across to the coast lost in the cloud. Had hoped to heather bash across the tops to drop back down into Deeside, but the way ahead looked very boggy so headed back to the camp at Tarfside.

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Wed, 28-Sep - Tarfside

Today’s route followed the Mounth Road over the shoulder of Mount Keen into Glen Mark and then Glen Esk. I’m camping in splendid isolation, in the games field in Tarfside, where the estate allows informal camping alongside the public conveniences (very convenient!).

Extremely mild and I was able to sit around in the sun in the early evening in just a T shirt.

Tue, 27-Sep - Ballater

A gentle walk following the River Dee east, through the Balmoral Estate and past the Royal Lochnagar Distillery to Ballater today.

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Mon, 26-Sep - Braemar

Back to Braemar this morning. I headed home from here a week ago when I awoke on Saturday morning feeling a couple of degrees under the weather and didn't feel up to climbing the 1000+m Glas Maol in the wind and rain. Also heard about the death of a good friend in Dollar and decided to jump on a bus home so that I could attend the funeral.

Drove up last week for a day walk from Braemar to dip a toe into Angus and add Glas Maol as the 77th county top visited.