Walking from north to south

Published 19 February 2012

Another walker!

British walkers are a friendly bunch. After all, when you’re in a city or a town, you don’t just stop and start talking to someone you don’t know. You’d probably get arrested or something if you did.

Yet go out on the hills and it’s a different matter. You’ll exchange a cheery hello with pretty much everyone you pass. And indeed you may even end up in a happy conversation with someone. You might even find yourself having an evening meal with someone you’ve walked with.

I didn’t have an evening meal with the guy from this absolutely wonderful photograph but I kind of wish I had. Had I not changed my plans at the last minute, I would have shared a bothy with him. But I did, and I didn’t.

But we did chat on a hill in the middle of nowhere. Which was especially nice as I hadn’t spoken to anyone properly for a few days. Asking a woman in the Co-op about a carrier bag doesn’t count.

I’d hoped at the time that he was a fellow Southern Upland Way walker but it turned out he was doing something far grander. He was walking from the tip of Scotland all the way down to Cornwall.

Only later did I find out his name. He’s called Mike Brockhurst and is known to many people on the web as The Walking Englishman.

His blog on his journey is at www.1000milewalk.co.uk. It’s well worth a read, and not just because I have a very small role in it.

Mike’s blog is also raising money for the Balfour Beatty Charitable Trust, which is funding projects “which will raise the aspiration, motivation and quality of life amongst young people suffering from disadvantage” and you can donate on his JustGiving page.

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The Walking Englishman

20 February 2012 at 10:18 am

Like Andrew Bowden, Mike Brockhurst also wishes he had taken more time out to have a chat during our chance encounter – especially as the meeting was in a lovely spot and the on the day we met the weather was fabulous.

Any grand adventures this year? None on the same scale for me but I am going up to Scotland for a week in January to climb Suilven and do the Cape Wrath and Sandwood Bay bit I missed out on during the 1,000 mile walk because the ferry was closed for stormy weather!

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

20 February 2012 at 10:30 pm

This year might be less grand – What I’d really like to do is the Cape Wrath Trail but I don’t have the leave sadly. But there’s a trip to the highlands on the cards. What we’re going to do there is another matter – must get Memory Map out and start thinking.

Walking Englishman

21 February 2012 at 4:14 pm

Likewise here Andrew – going up to NW Scotland in April not January as stated but otherwise no grand pland my side either. I’ll have to get on to Memory Map and think of something for the year too, when leave from work dictates that is.

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