‘Sidetracks’ is the place for walks other than Land’s End to John O’Groats. Some if not all of these will be very familiar and well-covered by many other walking blogs and guidebooks. For that reason there is little detail on routes, and I haven’t included many photographs (at least not until 2019). ‘Sidetracks’ is more of an overview, to give the reader an impression of what it’s like to walk these routes for the first time as a relatively inexperienced amateur. I’m happy to share my experiences and tips, and invite comments, but these pages will be much more concise than the LEJoG stuff (he said, optimistically, before he’d found a unifying theme for the first one…).
Picture (taken 24 April 2016) shows a sidetrack within a sidetrack: the impulse to take a 45-minute detour to conquer Roseberry Topping in the middle of a 20-mile stage of the Cleveland Way, in spite of my left boot feeling like a clog with a vice on it for most of the day (while the right boot felt like a silk slipper).