As the Fatdog and I stalked the narrow grass strip that is the high tide mark along the south bank of the Forth, I caught the distinctive whiff of seaweed. Out of nowhere an inkling of an idea began to germinate and within five minutes I had a solution to a problem which had been buggin’ me for the past month or so. Having passed our original walking target of 50 Munros (and there now being almost zero chance of doing another 50) there was still the unanswered question – what would we target next? I think I now had the answer.
On the opposite bank the tall solitary chimney of Longannet Power Station suggested a big “thumbs up” to the idea and so a new cunning plan was formed.
We would walk across the country until we sniffed our first whiff of seaweed on the west coast. I’ve no doubt all the recent talk among my fellow bloggeratti regarding the TGO challenge, the annual coast to coast walk, had a unconscious part to play in my thought processes -but ours would not be a continuous, day after day, event. Neither myself nor the Fatdog are built for that type of punishment.
The objective will be to walk “off road” for as much of the route as possible, only using little back roads to link up various paths and tracks. Hopefully we can pick up bits and pieces of various “Ways” on our travels as well as old drove and military roads. With any number of interesting spots to visit either on or near to our route I don’t expect this to be the shortest straight line across the country and it most certainly won’t be the quickest.