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]

Thursday, 27 May 2010


It didn’t escape our notice that we were very lucky with the weather on our walk. It may have been a touch on the parky side, but it was dry a lot more than it was wet. At one stage we went for 23 straight days without having to break out our waterproofs.

Having kept a note of the weather each day, I revisited it this week, whilst the walk was still fresh enough in my mind for me to remember which days required waterproofs. A spreadsheet was duly created.

If you count the walk-out to Durness, we walked on 58 days.

Incredibly, on 40 of those days our waterproofs stayed in our bags (on five of those days it did rain to some extent, but not enough to get us wet).

On 8 days it rained, requiring waterproofs for under 2 hours (2 hours in total that is; some days those waterproofs were on and off repeatedly).

On 10 days it rained requiring waterproofs for over 2 hours (of those 10 days, only on 2 days did it rain more or less all day).

Here’s the same information presented in a much more pretty style:


Chances of us having that level of luck again on an 8-week walk? Pretty slim, I’d think.


  1. Is'nt that taking statistics just a little to far ..... maybe need a holiday. :)

  2. Hey, you should see the other range of graphs and charts that haven't made it onto the blog...

    ...really need to get out more, don't we?!