#73 ARRON MEETS BEN

The blogger meets his destiny, on LEJoG Day 73 LEJoG Day 73 pre-amble You could argue that the whole of LEJoG was leading up to this. I called myself “Ben Wainless”, knowing that ‘Ben’ was a Scottish word for mountain. The reveal of my real name was always going to happen in Scotland. And, at […]

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#72 IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

The Ultimate Sidetrack – LEJoG Day 72 LEJoG Day 72 pre-amble Well, this is a longer pre-amble than usual, because it includes a rest day. On Tuesday 22 September I woke full of plans for an assault on Buachaille Etive Mor and, if time allowed, a side trip to Glencoe village. The beckoning pyramid of […]

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#71 MOOR! MOR! MORE!

I’ve found a true connection with Scotland – LEJoG Day 71 LEJoG Day 71 pre-amble A Chart Music-inspired 1970s song reference there, for all the pop-crazed youngsters. The ‘Moor’ is Rannoch Moor, the largest expanse of uninhabited wilderness in Britain. I’m sure I read that somewhere but can’t find it in the Trailblazer guidebook or […]

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#70 NECKLINE

National Parks no more – LEJoG Day 70 LEJoG Day 70 pre-amble After a blitz of three posts in four days, I’ve taken a little break. The blog has received more hits than ever before in the last 7 days, so I could argue that the hiatus is a deliberate policy, enabling visitors to sample […]

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#69 …AND I HAVE WALKED 500 MORE

Yes, I have walked 500 miles and now I’ve walked 500 more: LEJoG Day 69 Day 69 pre-amble You knew this was coming once I reached the 1000 mile mark, surely. LEJoG Day 69 (Saturday 19 September 2020) Inversnaid to Tyndrum (19½ miles) Cumulative: 1,006 miles! And without walking into the sea as well. Facts: […]

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#68 INVISIBILITY CLOAKS

Welcome to Hogwarts LEJoG Day 68 Day 68 pre-amble 68 days in and I think that’s the first Harry Potter reference on 50FootHead. I read all of the books between 2003 and 2007 but wouldn’t call myself a “fan” as such. For example: I haven’t seen all of the films, thought Order of the Phoenix […]

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#67 THE REMAINS OF THE WAY

Welcome to the West Highland Way: LEJoG Day 67 Day 67 pre-amble This is the first day of the best long-distance walk I’ve completed so far: the West Highland Way. It’s also a strong contender for the best day of my LEJoG so far. Certainly it was the most memorable since Malham Cove and Pen-y-ghent […]

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#64 LEVELLING WITH YOU

Welcome to LEJoG Day 64: feel that Central Belt around a perfectly flat waist Day 64 pre-amble This is a landmark three-day week for 50FootHead. Perhaps it has to be, to compensate for the lack of variety or excitement in the terrain and scenery. These three days (#64 to #66) will be spent walking two […]

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#63 FOURTEEN MILES / FOURTEEN YEARS

Welcome to Edinburgh in an unusual August: LEJoG Day 63 Day 63 pre-amble Under normal circumstances I would never have considered arriving in Edinburgh for LEJoG during the month of August. Ever since 1947, Edinburgh and August have been synonymous with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As a result of coronavirus, the Fringe was cancelled for […]

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