#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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#62 A BONNIE DANDER (AT LAST)

Scotland (finally) welcomes me… LEJoG Day 62 Day 62 pre-amble Nothing too complicated here. A “bonnie dander” is Scottish slang for a lovely walk. On my fifth day here, that’s exactly what Scotland gave me. I thought about writing “aboot time an ‘ aw!” in the brackets. However this is the second consecutive day of […]

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#61 OWER DREICH AND DROOKIT

Welcome to LEJoG Day 61 – drying out slowly Day 61 pre-amble Obviously Airplane II: The Sequel isn’t as good as the original Airplane! But there are some memorable moments, of which one is the “Over Macho Grande” sequence. Watch in full (it’s under a minute) to understand the full context, but the key exchange is: […]

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#59 MONK ON

Welcome to LEJoG Day 59… the poor man’s abbey road Day 59 pre-amble I grew up in a place which is geographically part of Derbyshire, but has a Nottinghamshire postcode. The inhabitants of these ignored and unlamented borderlands around the Erewash Canal have a distinct accent not often heard on television and radio. Subtly different […]

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#56 A HALFWAY SERIOUS UNDERTAKING

Welcome to LEJoG Day 56, and all the best to Joyce and Colin Day 56 pre-amble The final stretch of the Pennine Way, from Byrness to Kirk Yetholm, is without doubt a serious undertaking. Trailblazer suggests that it will take 10½ to 13 hours of walking, and it includes almost a mile of vertical ascent. […]

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#55 MIXED FOREST VIEWS

Welcome to LEJoG Day 55 Day 55 pre-amble Destination: Forest View Walkers Inn, Byrness. The essential pinch point for any Pennine Way planner, i.e. you need to book this place well in advance otherwise you will have great difficulty in completing the trail. Much more of this place in ‘After the walk’ below. I can […]

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#53 CONFESSIONS OF A NON-PURIST

Bless you all and welcome to LEJoG Day 53 Day 53 pre-amble Right, while first making it clear that I have no wish to mock Catholic sacraments… I wish to make a confession. It has been 11 walking days since my last confession. That is, since the last time I strayed from the official route […]

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#52 HIGH POINT (AND LOW POINT)

LEJoG Day 52: Come with me if you want to live Day 52 pre-amble Cross Fell (pictured) is the literal high point of this stage, this high-themed week, the entire Pennine Way and the whole of England outside the Lake District. Today was the low point of the week though, a long and not especially […]

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#51 HIGH CUP… RUNNETH OVER

Welcome to LEJoG Day 51 Day 51 pre-amble Today’s post is named after High Cup Nick, the obvious highlight of the day. However, I also wanted to give a nod to Cauldron Snout, the waterfall encountered a few miles upriver from Langdon Beck where the River Tees “runneth over” dolerite steps of the Whin Sill […]

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