Lands End To John O Groats… PLUS

On account of the fact the world went to shit and no one really knew if or when international travel will return to some manner of normal, we scrapped all plans to lounge on a beach somewhere beautiful and hot whilst being brought cocktails in favour of hiking the length of Great Britain. Yeah, because [...]

VGW Day 5: Westdene To Newhaven

The plan: Wake up early and pack up, make our way to the Cuckmere Meanders viewpoint where we'd have breakfast and watch the fiery skyball rise over arguably the best damn view in Sussex. The reality: Make it to the viewpoint, check the weather and comment, "Well it's meant to be raining right now," then [...]

VGW Day 4: Hawkhurst Common To Westdene

Fuck me, this tent stinks of socks and unwashed humans and its only day four. Nothing like sleeping in a confined space when you don't have access to a shower. We'll be evacuating villages during our big walk next year when we roll in stinking like we do. In fairness to my really quite expensive [...]

VGW Day 3: Colemans Hatch To Hawkhurst Common

It was really warm last night, warmer than October has any right being. That sounds like I'm complaining, I'm not, but I'm starting to resent my gorgeous, snuggly down jacket that I thought I'd get a shit tonne of use out of this week. I deliberately bought the cosiest jacket I could find within my [...]

VGW Day 2: Limpsfield Chart To Colemans Hatch

We fell asleep to the sound of loads of owls last night, it was wonderful. At least I hope they were owls anyway. The alarm went off at 5.30am and it was still pitch black. I had it hanging from the ceiling of the tent, I obviously couldn't see it and spent a good few [...]

VGW Day 1: East Croydon To Limpsfield Chart

The Vanguard Way somewhat conveniently starts at East Croydon train station. We caught the 06:05 from Brighton, which meant we were up at some ungodly hour and even the seagulls eyed us suspiciously as we shuffled to the station and availed ourselves of hot caffeine beverages from the terminally perky chap at the kiosk slap [...]

Ribble Way 5: Alston To Longton Marsh

We woke up to a tiny bit of mist and of course the tent was drenched with condensation, the grass around us sodden with dew. We decided to pack up and move on for breakfast somewhere less soaked so I shovelled a cereal bar into my chops to stop myself from launching myself teeth first [...]

Ribble Way 3: Halton West To Clitheroe

We'd started finding the route harder to navigate last night as we were trying to find a place to pitch up and I'd put it down to being so fucking tired that it felt like my brain had seeped out of my earhole and was pooling in a stodgy mass of useless somewhere back on [...]

Ribble Way 2: Horton In Ribblesdale To Halton West

So you know what yesterday's wind meant? No fucking midges! I mean, we weren't swarmed as we poked our heads out of the tent this morning but we were definitely forcibly relieved of a small amount of blood. Fortunately we were armed this time, after we ended up being a tasty snack for biting insects [...]

Ribble Way 1: Ribblehead To Horton In Ribblesdale

The Ribble Way more or less follows the River Ribble from the mouth in Preston, Lancashire all the way up to the source in Ribblehead, North Yorkshire along 72 miles of trail. We were originally going to start in Preston like everyone else does and walk to the arse end of nowhere, but do you [...]