Scotland 7

I have bashed about the Highlands of Scotland on many occasions over the last forty odd years. During those trips I have come across various stones, caves, statues etc. linked to Bonnie Prince Charlie. BPC raised his standard at Glenfinnan in 1745 where there is now this monument Eventually the Jacobites were crushed by the…

Scotland 6

Today has been another simply wonderful day, if I’d packed them I would have worn shorts. In Scotland in March! I walked along the old Military Road from Kinlochleven towards Fort William. The military roads were built by the English at a time when our relationship with our Scottish neighbours was less cordial than now,…

Scotland 5

Today we have had a simply beautiful day, wonderful scenery and brilliant light. We decided to go to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula to look for a very rare American Black Duck which had been sighted near Salen, but not by us. I’m not a birder myself but my friends are. Anyway the scenery was gorgeous and…

Scotland 4

Well, what a difference a day makes. After awful yesterday we woke to this today. and yes, that is blue sky. I went out for a walk today along Loch Etive. This requires a drive down Glen Etive first but it is a lovely drive with great scenery and wild life. I parked at the…

Scotland 3

None of us were surprised that we woke to low cloud, wind and rain; this is Scotland and it is only March, what should we expect? As I’ve been wet and/or cold on mountains throughout the United Kingdom, various places in Europe and in North Africa I no longer feel the need to do it…

Scotland 2

Well, my day got off to a good start with an excellent breakfast at Cranston’s in Penrith. This was after a good night’s sleep and an early exit from Patterdale. Cruising gently northward on the motorway I noticed a green Renault Kangoo racing up behind me and saw it was my friends Pete and Sue,…

Scotland 1

I try to get to Scotland most years as the walking is wonderful even if the weather can be difficult. I often go to Skye which is always a treat but it is sometimes good to do some winter walking, hopefully with snow and ice in good condition. This year I am meeting up with…

The Somerset Levels, Flooding and Politics

The Somerset Levels, or the Somerset Levels and Moors as they are less commonly but more correctly known, is a sparsely populated coastal plain and wetland area of central Somerset, in South West England, running south from the Mendip Hills to the Blackdown Hills.The Levels occupy an area of about 160,000 acres (650┬ákm2), corresponding broadly…

On Christmas

For some time now I have been thinking about this post. Mainly it has been brought on by two people I follow on Twitter, so thank you to @herdyshepherd1 and @AmandaOwen8; if any of you out there do Twitter and don’t follow these doughty shepherds, then you should. Their Tweets over the year, and a…