Introducing Trail Prints!

Hey!

Over the past couple of months, I have been hinting at some customized prints for long-distance hikers to help you celebrate your long-distance hiking achievements.

I’m really excited to share with you the first 6 prints. I will be adding more every few days and also taking special requests. If you would like a personalized print for a trail that is not listed here please email me at matthew@distancehiker.com or message me on social.

I had a grand idea in my head that I would have an abundant amount of designs ready for Christmas, but after print production issues, along with a very steep learning curve, I have only managed to launch with 6 styles. However, I was not prepared to launch a half-baked product and wanted to ensure that the print you receive is something that I too would be happy to hang in my home

I’m delighted with the finished result, which beautifully displays the detail of your chosen route, while being minimalist in appearance.

Initially, trail prints are going to be available on this website, however, I will in the new year, depending on how this launch goes move them onto a dedicated eCommerce website (Details TBC).

Currently (for the next few days) shipping within the UK only with free delivery.

Members of UK Long Distance Hiking can get 10% off by using the code: THANKYOU10

Anyway, without further ado, I would love for you to check out my new Trail Prints by clicking the button below.

Thanks a million for your support of this project!

Why solo walkers get a raw deal

Before I started writing this email, recording podcasts and doing this ‘content’ thing I’m now into, I used to run a walking holiday company.

You know the type. The ones which take cash in return to booking your holiday. If you are busy, and can afford it, and the thought of endless calling B&B’s only to be told they are full fills you with dread, then these companies are a lifeline.

I enjoyed the work, at least for a bit, and when I didn’t I hired somebody else to do it for me which worked out well.

I also stood out by doing things a little differently.

See, when I started I didn’t want to be like the 100 other companies all offering pretty much the same thing with a price difference of about £20.00 between them.

It’s really hard to differentiate yourself when you are almost guaranteed good reviews if you don’t fudge up a booking, and are nice and helpful for your customers.

And most achieve this in spades.

So I decided to make a business around the weak spot in the industry.

Solo Walkers

Why solo walkers are the worst customers

At least in the eyes of travel companies, you solo walkers are horrible customers. Not because you are actually horrible of course, but because you are a low-margin, high-maintenance customer.

The same amount of work needs to be done for you, as for a group of 2-3 people.

Rooms still need to be booked, information put together, transport arranged, but it’s just for you.

That’s particularly annoying when your ‘From’ price is actually based on two people sharing a room.

I get it. The industry prices in this way to advertise an attractive price.

Take a standard Hadrian’s Wall Path itinerary offered by almost all companies (including mine).
If you break down the cheapest price advertised, it’s somewhere between £70-£75.00 per person, per night, based on 2 people sharing a room.

Now, if you were going to offer that price to a solo walker, considering most rooms cost around £40-80 for solo walkers (yea, it varies pretty wildly depending on where you stay), then throw in luggage transfer for a fiver, and finally other associated hidden costs, you are probably running at a loss or if you are lucky you will break even. For a pair of walkers, companies will make a margin of around 30-40% depending on how cheap your accommodation is.

Businesses don’t like running at a loss.

So instead what happens is a ‘single supplement’ is added.

What that really means is that you are being charged extra for wanting to travel solo.

Bummer

What other options do you have?

Well, you could choose to book with a ‘solo travel’ business? But most of the time they book you in a twin room with a stranger. Sure you get to choose whether you sleep in the same room mas a male, or female, but they could still snore, leave smelly socks on the floor next to your bed, and wee in the shower.

And that’s not really the spirit of solo travel is it…

My business did try to do things a bit differently. I charged a flat rate booking fee – It started at £7.00 per night, and eventually settled at £20.00 per night booked, then I booked stuff, and sent the bill for what I booked after. It worked, but left solo travelers not knowing how much they were going to pay at the end. It was a hard sell

Honestly then, there isn’t really an ideal solution. The fact of the matter is this. You will end up paying considerably more if you book with a company.

So where do you go from here?

The simple answer is to do your own booking

I know, it’s not really as easy as that. Going back to why we use these companies – convenience. They know where the best walker friendly places are, and can do the legwork for you. But is it worth it for the price?

For most of us, money doesn’t grow on trees and throwing cash at a company to essentially financially penalise you for doing the same work they would for two people isn’t ideal.

But allow me to be a bit more positive for just a moment.

You have the internet on your side. Yea thats right the INTERNET!

I’ll share a secret with you.

When booking my customers accommodations I often had never looked at the trail before. But using Booking.com and other big booking amangmators, I could book up places quickly and accurately.

There is just so much information online now. It’s just not quite as painful to DIY your own booking any longer.

So, if solo travel is your thing, and you like to sleep with a tile roof over your head, consider booking your own trip. But don’t forget to give a few travel companies a call first to complain about their prices.

But accommodation will still charge me extra!

Yes they will. But the best way around this is the search for single rooms. Double rooms are always priced with a loss in mind. After all, you couldn’t possibly want to enjoy a double bed by yourself without paying for it?

Book single, or if you want an insider tip, book for two nights and negotiate a better rate. I can assure you that in some cases an accommodation provider will happily skim a bit off the top if you stay for a few nights. On most established trails a 2 night booking is very welcome where most people stay for just one night – a hoteliers worst nightmare.

So that’s my insight into solo walking on long distance paths. What experiences have you had walking solo and trying to use companies or book yourself in? I would love to hear in the comments below!

Memorabilia For Long Distance Hiking

To most of us, long distance hiking is a hobby, and even a lifestyle. We often obsess over the next long distance hike, engulf ourselves in its community and subculture.

We also like purchases related to our favourite pastime, including, but not limited to outerwear, camping kit, maps, lots of lovely maps, and anything else which enhances our enjoyment of long distance hiking.

Souvenirs, and reminders of trips are often a wonderful way to jazz up a bookshelf and to remind ourselves of our achievements.

This short guide has been put together by searching for small businesses which make memorabilia for long distance paths. I hope you find something you like here.

Bucket List Prints

Bucket List Prints sells posters of popular locations from around the world, but has a section for National Trails and other long distance paths. The designs are commissioned, and then sold through the website and can be purchased in a variety of sizes, with or without a frame. 

If you want a stunning poster of your favorite long distance trail sat behind your sofa or bed, then look no further than bucket list prints.

Splashmaps

Splashmaps make fabric maps, which are “waterproof, washable and wearable”. They now include a small range of long distance trail maps, such as the Cleveland Way, Thames Path, and Great Glen Way. 

Great for wearing on your head in warm weather to keep the sun and swear off, or using as a lightweight picnic blanket.

Gosshawk

Gosshawk sells a range of hiking and biking t-shirts, and this includes long distance t-shirts. The best bit is that you can contact them for a customised design. For example if you are walking for charity, they can alter the wording, if a t-shirt isn’t in stock it can be printed up on demand.

The Adventure Patch Company

The Adventure Patch company don’t sell long distance hiking specific embroidered patches, but they do sell some for popular challenge walks, such as the  Wainwrights, Welsh 3000’s and the 3 Peaks Challenge. 

These patches are sold either individually or in small batches and need to be sewn onto a bag of your choice. Preferably cotton canvas for maximum retro-vibes.

Trails Shop

The National Trails shop has a great selection of National Trail gifts for long distance hikers from maps, guides and even my favourite – Trail Signs.

If posters, maps, t-shirts and maps were not enough for you, a trail sign may satisfy your appetite for trail souvenirs. 

Note. It’s unethical and somewhat naughty to pinch trail signs on the route. Also, somebody may notice it sticking out of your bag. You can however purchase them from here.

I hope you have enjoyed this article and found it helpful for decorating your house with memories of trails past. Please share with your hiking friends, and if you do purchase, let the companies above know what you were recommended by DistanceHiker.com. Happy Trails

Walking The Loch Lomond and Cowal Way

The Loch Lomond and Cowal Way was first established in 2000 and is often known as ‘Scotland in 57 miles’ it covers beautiful coastline, some amazing heritage, some beautiful views of mountains along with woodlands and moors.

Running from Portavadie along the Cowal peninsula it heads North-Easterly finishing in Inveruglas on the shores of Loch Lomond. I began the Loch Lomond and Cowal way on the 15th of August 2021 and finished it the following day on the 16th of August 2021, I flipped the trail and started at Inveruglas heading South to finish in Portavadie and then head straight into the Kintyre way (see my Kintyre Way blog to read my adventure on the Kintyre peninsula).

Day 1

I began by parking my car at a campsite in Succoth and hitching a lift back to Inveruglas (mainly because I hadn’t booked a permit to park in the carpark at Inveruglas). From there I followed the road for a couple of hundred meters before heading up a forestry road and into the hills. There wasn’t too much ascent, and the trail began following a river before crossing over it and heading through a valley in between two steep hills. The views were already epic with mountains looming all around like something from a Lord of the Rings movie.

After a few miles, I arrived at Succoth where I had left my car, scored a burger at the campsite and carried on along the water’s edge before heading up into the hills once more. The views were absolutely amazing at this point and I was mesmerized looking across the water towards Tullich hill on the other side.

I carried on a Southerly course hiking through amazing forestry with some slight inclines along the way. I soon came out of the forested sections though and entered open moorland with a steep ascent around the North side of Cnoc Coinnich. The moors felt very remote and the views were stunning, next was a steep ascent through some woodland where I took a few tumbles on the slippery ground before heading into Lochgoilhead where I scored a can of cola and chilled next to the Loch.

Upon leaving Lochgoilhead the skies opened up in traditional Scottish fashion and I was soaked through to the bone before I could even get my waterproofs out.

I decided to just crack on regardless soaking wet through and up in the hills once more. After following a logger’s path for a few miles it ends and you find the path very exposed and not very well-trodden. There is a steep ascent up the side of a series of waterfalls here and it was definitely slippy going due to the onslaught of rain.

After ascending I managed to get some sunshine and chilled at the edge of the waterfall looking out across the beautiful Scottish hills for a while.

I planned on stopping near Curra Lochain but it was still a bit early and I felt fresh so cracked on along the water’s edge and back into forest (most has been logged but it’s still beautiful).

Following the forest paths and around the outside of Beinn Lagan and towards Glenbranter. I found an amazing spot about half a mile past the little village and pitched up in the woods next to a river. I managed to find a lull in the fast-flowing river and decided to take a dip and wash my already stinking clothes. I had basically just lied to myself at this point and hammered 26 miles instead of the 15 I had promised to myself, so I was almost at the halfway point already.

Day 2

I woke up nice and early, packed up my gear, and started crushing the miles ready for a big mile day as I had told myself I may as well just get it finished today.

The trail carried on slowly ascending the Western side of Creag Tharsuinn continuing along its South-Westerly vector before dropping down and following what in my opinion the worst section of trail I have ever come across. It was at least 15 miles of road walking with little in terms of views due to the trees,

If there was a bus, taxi or even cars I would have attempted to ditch the trail and get to Kames via those options.

Alas, there wasn’t and I plodded along for what felt like a year before being met with some rather treacherous cliff paths along the loch before Tighnabruaich.

Once I reached Tighnabruaich I feasted like a demon and treat my feet to a dip in the loch to cool them before powering on through Kames and across the moors towards Portavadie.

I reached Portavadie around 5pm and sat chilling watching the waves roll across the shores in a kind of stupor that I had finished the 57-mile journey so fast and feeling fresh as a daisy really.

Check out my blog on the Kintyre Way for the next part of my journey across remote Scotland.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and my rant about road walking hasn’t put anybody off from the beautiful Loch Lomond and Cowal Way. Peace Out.

Thanks to Hiiker for providing the amazing mapping to do this trail. If you want your hiking needs taken care of defo give their app a download.

Walking The Kintyre Way

The Kintyre way is a 100 mile thru hike starting from Tarbet on the Northern end of the Peninsula and zig zagging through beautiful scenery between the East and Western sides of the peninsula. It does this whilst ever heading in a southerly direction and finishing in Macrihanish in the South-West.

The Kintyre way has a very varied landscape with sections of road walking, huge pine plantations, open moors, and coastal paths. It offers remoteness for large sections of the walk but also has settlements every day or two (depending on distances covered).

I started the Kintyre way on the 17th August 2021 and finished it on my birthday the 20th August 2021. It took me around 3.5 days in total and I hiked from Macrihanish back up to Tarbet as it made more sense logistically for me.

Day 1

My first day started at around 1800 as it took me a while to travel down to my starting point and so I only covered about 3 miles into the open moorland on the South-West side of the peninsula.

Arriving in Macrihanish I was met with some strong wind which one would expect with the Atlantic Ocean directly in front. The next body of land if you look directly out from Macrihanish would most certainly be Greenland which is amazing when you think about it and daunting at the same time.

After a short walk down the beach and along the town’s main road, I headed up into the fog and my visibility became very limited. It’s a steady climb updawards along the road as you pass some of the working farms in the area and head into the untouched moorland of the Kintyre peninsula. There are signs along the way warning hikers not to underestimate these moors and once up there in bad weather I can tell you it is 100% savage up there.

Once you pass Ballygroggan the road finishes and it becomes pure moorland with the Kintyre way markers been very hard to spot in thick fog. The trail at this point appears to see very little use and is overgrown, boggy and the markers are mostly rotting adding to the isolation you feel up there.

After about 3 miles and just past ballygroggan I found a small wall on top of a hill that offered some shelter from the brutal onslaught of wind and rain, it was here that I decided to spend the night.

Day 2

My second day on the Kintyre way started very poorly in all honesty, the wind and rain had increased and it was practically gale force at this point. I managed to pack away my soaking gear and head out along the remains of the track.

My second day on the Kintyre way started very poorly in all honesty, the wind and rain had increased and it was practically gale force at this point. I managed to pack away my soaking gear and head out along the remains of the track.

After about 20m my feet were soaked through (I only really hike in trainers and shorts, so wet feet are part and parcel once its wet) and my legs were cold. Luckily my waterproof jacket is the bomb (Mountain Equipment Lhotse, for those who want a bombproof waterproof). The moorland was truly beautiful though and whilst I was miserable at the time due to the bad weather I look back with fondness and wish I was up there still. The weather really did hammer me throughout the next 4 miles of moorland, and I only covered a few miles in 4 hours. I hit a section where I was quite high up and could hear the Ocean hitting the cliffs that were close by, but I never once got a view of it due to low visibility.

After about 20m my feet were soaked through (I only really hike in trainers and shorts, so wet feet are part and parcel once its wet) and my legs were cold. Luckily my waterproof jacket is the bomb (Mountain Equipment Lhotse, for those who want a bombproof waterproof). The moorland was truly beautiful though and whilst I was miserable at the time due to the bad weather I look back with fondness and wish I was up there still. The weather really did hammer me throughout the next 4 miles of moorland, and I only covered a few miles in 4 hours. I hit a section where I was quite high up and could hear the Ocean hitting the cliffs that were close by, but I never once got a view of it due to low visibility.

Whilst on the moors the trail become barely visible at sections with no signage, and it was easily lost (which happened to me numerous times). I would recommend retracing your steps if you do the trail and lose the trail instead of trying to plough ahead like I did. The undergrowth is treacherous, and I nearly had some nasty accidents whilst making my way through the untouched wilderness.

After Hitting the summit of Amod hill the path becomes easier with the area being used as a working farm so it is easily identifiable, and you begin to head down into farm-land. Once out of the moors the trail follows roads to the coast. Once at the coast its worth a visit to see Kiel cave and St Columbus footprint as well as the ancient well. Its practically on the path.

This area is beautiful and the views out to sea are phenomenal (the weather cleared up once I was off the moors too, typical isn’t it). It’s worth looking back towards the moors that have just been traversed too as they offer some amazing views. Hiking along the road towards Dunaverty and Southend you can spot seals on the rocks chilling in the Sun.

This area is beautiful and the views out to sea are phenomenal (the weather cleared up once I was off the moors too, typical isn’t it). It’s worth looking back towards the moors that have just been traversed too as they offer some amazing views. Hiking along the road towards Dunaverty and Southend you can spot seals on the rocks chilling in the Sun.

Southend is a small village but does have a shop to stock up on some essentials, after this you continue along roads towards kilmashenachan where you head cross country again and can hike next to the sea. This section of the walk was an absolute foot breaker as all the way to Cambelltown is road walking (I hate road walking). Luckily the views are fantastic and looking out to sea is amazing. There are a few steep ascents along the road with one next to a hill apty named ‘the Bastard’ and it really is.

There are a couple of good spots just above the tide line off the road to pitch up for the night, but I felt fresh at this point and planned to power on past Cambelltown. Once I hit Cambelltown I sourced some food and headed back up into the hills chasing my biggest mile day ever.

Unfortunately, I was for the most part more road walking before heading into a large forest plantation around Lussa Loch. It was dark for me at this point, and I had to keep hiking to find a place to pitch. I managed to find somewhere right next to the trail and what a pitch it was. Perfectly flat with a bench and table and a note (that for some reason I didn’t take a picture of) saying ‘Don’t give up’. It was here that I pitched my tent and spent the night.

Also, I had covered a whopping 43 miles that day! Which beats my PB by 5 miles and considering the strain on my body, I felt fine.

Day 3

I woke up nice and early feeling fresh and packed up my gear, headed down the forest road that wound its way through the plantation, I noticed a caravan probably 500m from where I pitched. I assume its used by the loggers as a break room, it was open too! Seriously wish I had slept in there the night before.

I hiked through the forest for quite a few miles and the views of trees, hills and sometimes the coast were amazing. I love the forest and it’s my favourite place to crush miles. Eventually I headed down into Bridgend and found a post office where I could score some food for the next day or so. There’s a cheeky little café too which I waited to open and had a nice sausage sandwich.

The next section was totally amazing as I spent a lot of the day in the forest hiking along the forest trails and from Bridgend, I made my way North-West through them towards the West side of the Peninsula. The forests were so cool, and the miles literally flew by. Before I knew it, I was on the West coast again. The weather was pretty poor, and the wind and rain hammered me all day but because of it been big forests I wasn’t too wet or bothered as I was in my element.

Once at the coast I hiked along the beach for a little while in the rain before I made the decision to skip miles of road walking down the A83. So, I hopped on a bus and jumped back on the trail at Clachan and heading back into the hills. I had a couple of hours rest near Loch Ciaran and then continued on through some more forest and moorland where I could make out the Isle of Arran if the clouds broke enough. This was largely good hiking trail with some forest tracks and moorland walking.

Eventually I came back to the East coast of Kintyre and decided to crack on to Skipness and find a spot along the beach. After hiking down the beach road for a while I was beginning to think there wouldn’t be any good spots as campervans were literally everywhere. Luckily, I happened upon a spot and chilled out watching the sun go down. It was an amazing night there and I could see across to Arran whilst listening to the waves lap the shore.

Day 4

It was an amazing day this day, not only had I crushed the miles and was 11 miles of finishing. It was also my birthday so double points. I packed my gear and scored some water from a river before heading back up into the moors towards the finish line of Tarbet.

The weather was kind to me, and it was nice and warm with sunshine throughout. The moors were beautiful with the purple heather everywhere before they turned into a huge plantation for most of the remaining trail. It was amazing and the trail was laid out well too, so I could just relax, slay miles and enjoy the scenery.

Once I started the descent to Tarbet I was treated with amazing views across to Portavadie (where I had come from after finishing the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way) and could see for miles.

Before hitting the finish line, I made sure to have a look around Tarbet castle as recommended by a guy called Chris (he is walking the entire coastline his Instagram is @christhecoastwalker and he has a website by the same name, so check him out) I met about 10 minutes before. It is well worth having a look around and offers some amazing views.

Once I hit Tarbet I knew I had finished so the emotions came thick and fast, with the regret that I had completed too fast and that I wished I was still out on the trail.

I hope you enjoyed the read and its inspired you to hit the Kintyre way. Peace out

The Cleveland Way 7 Day Itinerary

For long distance hikers wanting a fresh challenge, the Cleveland Way could be just the answer you are looking for.

In 6 days of hiking, you will walk from Helmsley, the only market town in the North York Moors National Park to Filey, a bustling Yorkshire seaside town along Moorland tracks, and the beautiful Yorkshire coastline.

The Cleveland way was opened in 1969, and travels 100 miles in total. It traverses classic moorland scenery.

Get your camera out for panoramic views over the Cleveland Hills and the exceptionally beautiful fishing villages on the Yorkshire Coastline.

The route can easily be accessed by public transport, which DistanceHiker.com encourages.

Who will love this long distance hike?

The Cleveland Way is ideal for all abilities. It does have some steep ascents and descents, but hikers of all abilities should be able to handle the route.

What we love about the Cleveland Way is its diversity of landscape.

Not only will you get to enjoy the spectacular Yorkshire Moors, but you will also walk along a very pretty section of the English coastline, abundant with wildlife and panoramic views.

The Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Helmsley
Day 2: Walk from Helmsley to Osmotherley – 36km
Day 3: Walk from Osmotherley to Clay Bank Top – 18km
Day 4: Walk from Clay Bank Top to Captain Cook’s Monument – 19km
Day 5: Walk from Captain Cook’s Monument to Staithes – 34km
Day 6: Walk from Staithes to Robin Hood’s Bay – 29.5km
Day 7: Walk from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough – 22.5km
Day 8: Walk from Scarborough to Filey – 18.5km

Route Map

How to use this map

Click the button in the top left hand corner to view the accommodation. We have added individual accommodation layers for campsites, hostels, and B&B’s. You can click the red check marks to hide or show layers.

By clicking on any of the icons on the map you can get more information about the accommodation and often a link (affiliate) to book online.

If you click the star next to the title of the map, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it, open Google Maps on your phone or computer and find ‘Your Places’ where you can see the map on your list.

Day 2:

Walk from Helmsley to Osmotherley – 36km

Your first day of walking will see you put on your boots and set off from Helmsley to Osmptherley. You will be walking 36km, and passing the National Trusts Rievaulx Abbey, a Cistercian abbey that was seized under Henry VIII of England in 1538. You will continue on towards Sutton bank, before heading north, passing the Hambleton Hills on your right, and passing through Arden Great Moor.

Where to Stay

Vane House offers a delightful B&B stay, with prices starting from £108.00. The historic Queen Catherine Hotel has outside seating, and rooms available from £110.00. For campers, Cote Ghyll Caravan Park & Campsite offer tent pitches and has a youth hostel on site.


Day 3:

Walk from Osmotherley to Clay Bank Top – 18km

After skirting the outside of Arncliffe wood you will ascent Shephard hill, before traversing along Holey Moor. Great views of Great Broughton and beyond await as you walk along the tops of Cringle Moor. You will eventually come to the B1257 road, where you have reached Clay Bank Top.

Where to Stay

You can book into the Buck Inn further down the road at Chop Gate, The Buck Inn offer a Complementary lift from Clay Bank car park for long-distance walkers at 4.00pm and a drop-off the following morning.

Beakhills Farm also offers comfortable accommodation and is half a mile off route. The farm also offers camping.


Day 4:

Walk from Clay Bank Top to Captain Cook’s Monument – 19km

From Clay Bank Top you will sharply descend East towards the Cleveland Hills. You will pass over Greenhow Moor which leads to Ingleby Moor. YOu will continue onto Battersby Moor, and Kildale Moor. After a brief visit to the Village of Kildale you will continue towards Captain Cook’s Monument.

Where to Stay

A little before Captain Cooks Monument, you will discover Kildale. It’s suggested you use Kildale as an overnight stop. For campers, you can stay in Kildale Barn, Byre & Campsite, alternatively, The Old Rectory B&B in the village have rooms from £75.00.


Day 5:

Walk from Captain Cook’s Monument to Staithes – 34km

A big day of walking awaits, as you start to break away from the Yorkshire Moors, towards the Yorkshire Coast. First, a climb (albeit as a diversion) to the top of Roseberry Topping, a distinctive hill in North Yorkshire with its half cone jagged cliff is in order. After head through Guisborough woods, then across farmland towards Skelton, and onto Saltburn by the Sea. From here you will be on the East Coast. Celebrate, dip in the sea, then head south towards the sleepy village of Staithes.

Where to Stay

Staithes has a good choice of B&B’s. The Royal George comes highly recommended serving good food, with rooms over the village and harbor and rooms from £80.50. If you are camping the Serenity Campsite offers pitches from £11.00 for a single backpacker.


Day 6:

Walk from Staithes to Robin Hood’s Bay – 29.5km

From one beautiful village to the next. You are in for a treat. From Staithes, follow the Coast Path. You will pass a few National Trust-owned sections of the path, attesting to their beauty. Pass through Runswick Bay, Stop for Fish and Chips, and continue following the path towards Whitby. Whitby has a lot of interest and is worth a stop, but if you would rather move through it, continue along the Coast Path towards Robin Hood’s Bay.

Where to Stay

The Villa in Robin Hoods Bay is one of the best B&B’s, alternatively, take a look at Aldersyde B&B with rooms from £90.00.

There are a couple of options for camping, but your best bet is Bayness Farm, which is just off the Coast Path, to the North of Robin Hood’s Bay.


Day 7:

Walk from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough – 22.5km

Departing from Robin Hood’s Bay, you will pass Stoupe Beck Sands, towards Ravenscar. From Ravenscar pass Blea Wyke Point, and the Hayburn Wyke Hotel, before turning towards Hundale Point. From here continue straight South past a very rocky section of beach, and cliff tops towards Scalby Ness Rocks before you reach the tourist village of Scarborough.

Where to Stay

Scarborough is a very popular seaside village and therefore has countless B&B’s, hotels and Inns. The best way to book is to take a look at what’s available on Boooking.com.

There are a lot of campsites in Scarborough but the only one in reasonable distance of the Path is the local Caravan and Camping Club site which has pitches available from £20.00.


Day 8:

Day 8: Walk from Scarborough to Filey – 18.5km

You will depart Scarborough and enjoy the long beaches before getting onto rockier terrain passing Black Rocks. Continue to Clayton Bay, and towards Filey Country park. Take a diversion to Filey Brigg which is accessible at low tide before heading another kilometre towards Filey.

Where to Stay

The Forge House B&B offers comfortable and affordable rooms close to the trail while campers may enjoy Filey Brigg campsite.


What do long distance hikers do when they are not hiking?

It’s really easy to join a group like UK Long Distance Hiking and fall into the trap of believing that everyone is some sort of full-time adventurer or digital nomad who gets to hike 24/7.

Seeing people doing the things you want to do all the time can certainly warp our reality which is why we are experiencing issues around mental health and social media as a society.

After all, whether your interest is long-distance hiking or knitting, it’s easy to feel that fear of missing out (FOMO) or find yourself comparing to others who seem to be having more fun than you.

So, as somebody who has these feelings creep up fairly frequently I was interested in the genuine question – what do hikers do when not hiking?

I was less interested in hobbies, more on that later, and more interested in careers/jobs. 

I expected just a few answers but got loads.

Here are the ones which jumped out at me the most (or the ones I could find entertaining GIFS for)

We have a singer in an Abba tribute band.

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There are a handful of gardeners

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And we are lucky enough to have some NHS workers 👏♥

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Some members walk or groom dogs

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As you would expect in 2021 some members are techy guys, such as database developers, and programmers.

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And a few folks confessed they were retired. 

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There are even two sex therapists

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A handful of teachers seem to seek solitude away from their classrooms on the hills 

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And a very small minority actually do this outdoorsy thing full time, including a member who runs some outdoor websites, another who writes guidebooks, and a member who is an outdoor instructor/leader.

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Two members own car detailing businesses. Isn’t that a fancy way of saying you wash cars for a living but charge 10x the amount of the local car wash? ( I could get into this trade! )

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And we have some carers, youth workers, and social workers – those wonderful folks who care for our vulnerable and disadvantaged. 

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The Classical guitarist struck a chord.

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And for those brave enough to be in retail. I applaud you!

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We even have a builder. But he is walking around the UK at the moment 

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If CSI is you thing, two members work in forensics 

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And a good handful of you are in ecology and environmental professions.

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I’m sure I saw an Estate Agent. But moving on…

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There are some business owners and entrepreneurs

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A surgeon 

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And a graphic designer or two

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Need a 3 piece suit? Well one member can make them

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And many many more, including, a salesman, a makeup artist, a motorsport photographer, a sound engineer, HGV driver and a wedding photographer.

The career choices are varied, mostly interesting, and show that many of us, including myself, must earn a living so enjoy the thing we love the most – hiking.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

7 Wonderful Benefits of Long Distance Walking

The benefits of long distance walking

Walking, and in particular long distance walking is an addictive hobby, and lifestyle for many. But that are the benefits of long distance walking which draw so many people to this wonderful past time?

It offers so many people an escape away from the idea of a conventional holiday (sitting by a pool), where they can instead stroll through extraordinary countryside, and stay somewhere interesting each night.

And for those long distance walkers who prefer single day walks of 20 miles and more, there are a number if events frequenly held around the UK. Many hosted by the Long Distance Walkers Association.

What then, are the benefits of long distance walking?

Lets jump in and take a look!


It Helps Your Longetevity

Its proven that walking for a brisk pace for at least 30 minutes each day can help to drastically reduce your chances of developing heart disease, some cancers and dementia in older age. Better still, it reduces cholesterol and blood pressure. Not only is walking amazing for short term health, but also a part of building a foundation of health for older age.

More specifically, it can help to improve your overall heart health by increasing your heart rate and strengthening your heart muscles. When you walk, much like with any physical activity your heart muscles need to work harder to pump blood and oxygen around your body and into your muscles. Over time this improves its function. 


It’s Great For Your Head

Walking can help to keep your head sharp, and alert. In a study published in the Neurology paper, 2008, it was shown that older adults who never exercise show clear signs of cognitive decline. However with just 6 months of walking, this can be reversed considerably.

Another study, undertaken by the University of California measured the cognitive abilities of 6000 women over 65 years old. They discovered that the mental decline was lower in women who walked the most.


It’s A Great Way To Socialise

As above, with so many events on (if that’s your thing), long distance walking offers a great way to socialise with other hiking enthusiasts.

Moreover, if you enjoy hiking long distances over multiple days the chances are you will be traveling in the same direction as other walkers who you will end up getting to know while walking.

This is a great way to meet new friends, some of whom you may know for life.


And It’s A Great Way To Find Solitude

One of the other benefits of long distance walking is solitude. Yes, you can get the best of both worlds. Walking, one step at a time does nothing but force you to slow down, calm your thoughts and enjoy the experience of being immersed in nature. The dose of vitamin D will help bone health, alleviate stress, and even provide some protection against disease, the natural light will help you sleep well (helpful for long days on the trail). And frankly, being in nature will help you to disconnect.


It Supports Rural Economies

If you embark on a walking holiday, over more than a day, you are helping rural economies. There are thriving economies in some small towns with the help of long distance walkers who fill the pubs and cafes, support the corner shops, and offer custom to the local hotels.


Long Distance Walking – It’s A Safe Activity

Perhaps skateboarding just isn’t your thing. 6 weeks in plaster when you have a busy grown up schedule just doesn’t appeal. Well don’t worry because walking is pretty safe. Obvious there are trips and falls to think about, and they do happen but most of the time you get back up, brush off and carry on. Just make sure to pack the right kit for your long distance walk.


It Opens A New World To You

The UK along has several lifetimes worth of long distance trails to walk. The rest of the world.. well you could enjoy it’s beauty for the end of time. Be sure to check out our money saving tips before you embark on your long distance walk.

There are so many wonderful long distance paths to explore around the world. From the popular Everest Base Camp Trek, or Inca Trail, to the Austria, Slovenia, and Italy’s Alpe Adria Trail.


Well I hope that has helped to inform you on the benefits of long distance walking. If your in any doubt of any of these benefits, check out our Facebook Group for some inspiration.