The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Sunday, 30 March 2008

A Bit After The Fact

Still poring over maps, I just noticed something.

Months ago I studied maps and the Scottish Hill Tracks book to come up with a route from the top of the Pennine Way northwards.

I duly came up with a route with which I was happy but it took much head-scratching and lots of inspection of maps (Scottish Hill Tracks map, road atlas and 1:50k Anquet Maps on screen).

Rather belatedly I just realised that the Cicerone End to End Trail book includes a route from Melrose to Kilsyth, which unsurprisingly seems to tie up with the route that I came up with.

At least I can have the satisfaction that I did the hard work to design our route myself – but now I realise that I could have saved myself a whole lot of time and work.


  1. I can never find the link to your route on your blog so can't remember whether you're going up the West Highland Way. Is Kilsyth on the way to the WHW? If so, do you know that there's a book by Hamish Brown called "From the Pennines to The Highlands" which details a route from Byrness to Milngavie (I've presently got it on loan from the Backpackers Club)

  2. If you look on the right hand side of the page, and scroll down you'll find a section called 'My Key LEJOG Related Posts'. The Schedule is in that list (at the moment it's at the top of the list).

    We're not walking up the WHW, but rather taking a route further to the east. I'd probably be interested to read Hamish's book in any case, however, I fear that time is now too short...