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All the items from my kit……..

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…….transferred into smaller bags…….

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…….somehow squeezed into my rucksack!

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An empty Terminal 5

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Forth road and rail bridges from the air

Arrival in Wick

Arrival in Wick

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Edinburgh to Wick flight has landed

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Relaxing picnic spot in Wick

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Impala B&B, Wick – first accommodation

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Wick harbour

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Artist at work

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Art and reality

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John O’ Groats harbour

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At the official start

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Leaving John O’ Groats

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John O’ Groats and the Orkney Isles

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Still leaving John O’ Groats!

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The open road…….

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Day 1 nearly completed

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Day 2

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Lunch stop on Day 2

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Arrival in Dunbeath

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Green fields and distant cows, Dunbeath

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Dunbeath Bay

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The open road, Day 3

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More open road…….

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Yet more open road……..

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Another county

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Helmsdale – lunch stop on Day 3

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Gardens of Culgower House

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The wonderful Culgower House B&B

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Culgower House sea views

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Day 4 – Brora

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Idyllic Brora beach

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Solitude

FIS3 - Seals, Brora beach

Seals on Brora beach

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Relaxing Brora beach

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More seals

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Approaching Dunrobin Castle

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Bluebell wood, Dunrobin Castle

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Dunrobin Castle

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The Mound

I spotted no otters

I spotted no otters

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Day 5 – crossing Dornoch Firth

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A new county!

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Rest area for a tired traveller

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Day 6 – crossing Cromarty Firth

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Perfect lunch venue!

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Cows queuing for the next brewery tour!

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Arrival in Inverness

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Inverness Castle

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Day 8 – leaving Inverness

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River Ness and Caledonian Canal

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Caledonian Canal

FIS4 - Loch Ness

Shores of Loch Ness

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Fiddler’s Restaurant, Drumnadrochit

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Drumnadrochit

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Day 9 – leaving Drumnadrochit

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On the Great Glen Way

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Loch Ness

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Great Glen Way and Loch Ness

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Great Glen Way markers

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Invermoriston

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Day 10 – leaving Invermoriston

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Loch Ness

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Great Glen Way

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Youth Hostel accommodation

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Eagle Barge Inn – fish restaurant

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Day 11 – heading down to Loch Lochy

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Caledonian Canal, Banavie

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Banavie

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Neptune’s Staircase locks

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View towards Ben Nevis

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Approaching Fort William

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West Highland Line steam locomotive

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View from hotel bedroom, Fort William

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“Sore Feet” statue, Fort William

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Loch Eil

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Iron Man sculpture, Fort William

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Day 12 – start of the West Highland Way

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Into the dark woods

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Chasing the Campbells

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A secluded lunch spot

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Wild country

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Last remains of civilisation

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Looking down to Kinlochleven

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Kinlochleven

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Day 13 – climbing out of Kinlochleven

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Into the mountains

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At the summit

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Typical West Highland Way panarama

FIS5 - In the mountains, Kinlochleven

Buachaille Etive Mor

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Glen Etive in the distance

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Helicopter disturbs the peace

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Rannoch Moor

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An impressive challenge

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Inveroran

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Day 14 – West Highland Way leaving Inveroran

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Looking back to the Inveroran Hotel

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First cows on the footpath!

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Tyndrum – village with 2 railway stations

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Posing in Tyndrum

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Above Crianlarich

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Forests, Crianlarich

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Crianlarich Hotel

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Day 15 – first view of Loch Lomond

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Loch Lomond

FIS6 - Rocky path, Loch Lomond

Footpath clinging to the lochside

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Scenic lunch venue, Loch Lomond

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Welcome drink stop at the Inversnaid Hotel

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West Highland Way, Loch Lomond

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Tricky section of footpath

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View from Rowardennan Youth Hostel

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Rowardennan Youth Hostel

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View from the library

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After dinner drinks

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Day 16 – low mist settles over Loch Lomond

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Caribbean beach!

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Highland cattle

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Loch Lomond from Conic Hill (1)

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Loch Lomond from Conic Hill (2)

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Day 17 – view of Ben Lomond

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Honesty box

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West Highland Way completed!

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The official start/finish, Milngavie

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West Highland Way start/finish, Milngavie

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Arrival in Glasgow

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Cycle road race in progress, Glasgow

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My Premier Inn accommodation – top floor

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Novel use for old police box

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Glasgow skyline from my bedroom (1)

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Glasgow skyline (2)

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Glasgow skyline (3)

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Glasgow skyline (4)

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George Square, Glasgow

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Day 19 – removing streamers, Larkhall

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Day 20 – first sighting of wind turbines

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Desolate road

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To Abington on the deserted former A road

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Unexpected sign near Abington!

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Abington

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Day 21 – railway, motorway, wind turbines

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A train breaks the monotony

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Another county

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Marchbankwood House, a delightful B&B outside Beattock

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Day 22 – leaving Beattock

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Arrival in Ecclefechan

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Final accommodation in Scotland

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Day 23 – arriving in Gretna Green

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Finally made it to England!

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Day 25 – view of the Lake District

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Penrith

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Last battle in England

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Ruins of Penrith Castle

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Day 26 – approaching Shap Summit

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Shap Memorial

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En route to Kendal

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Day 27 – start of Lancaster Canal footpath, Kendal

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Canal replaced by a footpath

FIS9 - Former canal bridge, near Kendal

Old canal bridge

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Former canal tunnel

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Canal restoration

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At last, water in the canal!

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Yet another county!

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Approaching Lancaster

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View towards Lancaster

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Canal life

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One of many herons

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Day 30 – canal locks, near Rufford

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Day 31 – family of swans close to Liverpool city centre

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Liverpool skyline (1)

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Liverpool skyline (2)

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Liverpool skyline (3)

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Liverpool skyline (4)

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Accommodation at Liverpool Albert Dock

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Day 32 – meeting a Liverpool legend

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A favourite student haunt – still going strong!

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Liverpool skyline from the Mersey ferry

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Albert Dock

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Liverpool’s famous waterfront

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Day 33 – perfect lunch venue, Raby

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Start of Burton Marsh cycle path

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Perfect short cut!

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Dee marshes

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Arrival in Buckley, North Wales

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Garden views, Nannerch

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Day 34 – another Welsh village

FIS11 - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

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Only for those with a head for heights!

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Looking back to the aqueduct

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Offa’s Dyke footpath signpost

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Offa’s Dyke, Craignant

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Finger signpost, Carreg-y-big

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Pastoral scenes

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Summit of Moelydd

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Time for lunch!

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More panoramic views

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Overgrown railway

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Stay on the path!

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View from Llanymynech Hill

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Back in Wales

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Cross Keys Hotel, Llanymynech

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Day 36 – crossing the border again

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Montgomery canal

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Enterprise in the countryside

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View of Welshpool

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Arrival in Montgomery

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Dragon Hotel, Montgomery

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Montgomery rooftops

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Day 37 – rural views in the heat

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Tree-lined field

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Day 38 – Offa’s Dyke panorama

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Surrounded by sheep

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Herrock Hill

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Accommodation in Kington

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Day 39 – Hergest Ridge (1)

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Hergest Ridge (2)

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Arrival in Hay-on-Wye

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River Wye

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Rest for the Tired B&B, Hay-on-Wye

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Hay-on-Wye Castle

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Day 40 – wild ponies on Hay Bluff

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The Hatterrall Ridge, Hay Bluff

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Lunch at the summit

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Llanthony in the distance

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Approaching Llanthony

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Llanthony Priory (1)

FIS13 - Llanthony Priory

Llanthony Priory (2)

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Llanthony Priory (3)

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Accommodation in Llanthony

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Day 41 – apple orchards

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Patchwork of fields in high summer

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Offa’s Dyke signpost

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Restaurant with Rooms, Monmouth

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Day 42 – Monmouth pigs

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Monmouth from The Kymin

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Old Tintern Station

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Tintern Abbey (1)

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Tintern Abbey (2)

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Deserted racecourse

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Arrival in Chepstow

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Accommodation in Chepstow

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Town Gate, Chepstow

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Chepstow Castle

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Day 43 – pedestrian access to the Severn Bridge

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Plaque

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Severn Bridge crossing

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Looking back at the Severn Bridge

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Severn Bridge from Severn footpath, Aust

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New Severn Crossing

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Severn Estuary

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Overgrown footpath

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M5 Avon pedestrian crossing

FIS15 - Finger signpost

Day 44 – finger signpost

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Axbridge

FIS16 - Blocked path, Somerset

Day 45 – route blocked

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Day 46 – another finger signpost

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Farmhouse B&B, near Taunton

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Day 47 – train blocks route

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Farm, Sampford Peverell

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Globe Inn, Sampford Peverell

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Day 48 – Devon countryside

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Grand Western canal

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Country Park

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Canal refreshments, Tiverton

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Yet another finger signpost!

FIS17 - Black Dog Inn, near Crediton

The welcoming and luxurious inn at Black Dog

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Day 49 – alpacas

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St Peter’s Church, Zeal Monachorum

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Typical Devon thatched cottage

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Arrival in Okehampton

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Day 50 – on the Two Castles Trail near Okehampton

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St Thomas a Becket Church, Sourton

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The Highwayman, haunted pub

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Drinking from the bathtub

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With my brother-in-law Ian (and Diddie dog)

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Lewtrenchard

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The very welcoming East Raddon Farmhouse B&B, Lewtrenchard

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Day 51 – Cornwall, the final county

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Unsmiling selfie

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Launceston

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Day 52 – Bodmin Moor

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Minions

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St Neots

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Day 53 – awaiting the train from London

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Homemade signpost

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Accommodation on an industrial estate, Roche

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Day 54 – Daniel – ready to shop

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Daniel – ready to drink

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Truro Cathedral

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Welcome to Truro

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Truro

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Day 55 – Stithians reservoir

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Porthleven

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Porthleven harbour

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Ship Inn, Porthleven

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Day 56 – leaving Porthleven

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Danger on the South West coastal path

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Looking back to Porthleven

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Old mine buildings

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Wild ponies

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Praa Sands

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Coasteering

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The view from behind

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First sighting of St Michael’s Mount

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Getting closer

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First sighting of directions to Land’s End

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Newlyn harbour

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Final night’s accommodation, Mousehole

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Mousehole harbour

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Morris dancers

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Day 57 – Mousehole in the sun

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Another overgrown footpath

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Approaching Land’s End

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Nearly there!

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THE END!

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Official welcome

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955 miles later

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End of the road

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Looking relaxed

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With the family

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A well-earned pint!

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Hannah’s map duly completed