GR11 Week 1: Baptism of fire in the Basque hills

Sunset over the Atlantic from Cabo de Higuer Week 1: Cabo de Higuer- Irun- Bera- Elizondo- Burguete (7 days) Distance: 98km.  Altitude gain: 4400m Our 500 mile long journey along the length of the Pyrenees on the mighty GR11 trail began at dawn from Cabo de Higuer on Spain’s north coast.  After plucking a stone from the Atlantic…

The Cumbria Way- Day 5: Borrowdale to Walla Crag

Langstrath-Borrowdale-Walla Crag-Castle Rigg By early morning the wind was still buffeting the tent and the sky was obstinately grey. But a nights sleep and the prospect of an easier day hiking down through Borrowdale put a spring in our step.  We made tea and crunched granola in the lee of a large boulder before donning…

The Cumbria Way- Day Zero (Ulverston)

Camped out on the front lawn of a caravan site in Ulverston, checking kit and re-packaging food to reduce weight. After the long drive north from Cambridgeshire, we camped on the outskirts of Ulverston. To our dismay our rucksacks seem much heavier that they were on the ‘White-to-Dark’ trail a few weeks ago…and that is…