Today with George (who I first met 50 years ago whilst doing the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme at Parkgate Iron & steel works) I started the Southern Upland Way. This is a 212 mile coast to coast walk across Scotland starting in Portpatrick near Stranraer.
This is the first time I have pre-booked the trains at either end plus the ten b&b’s in between. Another first is I’m using my new Polar H7 heart monitor with the iCardio app on the iPhone.
The walk is, so far, well marked although with a fair bit of road/track walking today. The moorland bits were very boggy with no refinements such as gravel or paving slabs like on other National Trails. The Via Ferrata bit is a chain handrail alongside straightforward steps in the rock.
We did 18.38 miles in 5hr 52min + 1hr 35min stops according to my GPS as we went into Stranraer to grab some fish & chips before our b&b. This is the rather magnificent deluxe Chlenry Farmhouse (which offers a big meal with wine for £35 each…)
Tomorrow is Bargrennan some 25 miles away
All the day’s pictures are here
The trip statistics are here
The trip on Everytrail is here