My good friend Sir Hugh [http://conradwalks.blogspot.com/ ] inhabits that lovely village Arnside whereas I have to put up with the gross overdevelopment of Longridge. For the last few winters we have had projects to keep us active in the shorter days. He has emailed once or twice with suggestions for this year but nothing has struck me as original, boringly I seem to have walked most of the Long Distance Paths in the NW. I came up with a counter suggestion – why don’t we draw a straight line between our houses and follow it as closely as possible. I know this idea has been used before, particularly successfully by Nic Crane on his straight line Two Degrees West journey from Berwick-on-Tweed to The Isle of Purbeck. I seem to remember he gave himself a kilometre leeway either side but had a lot of media support, I wonder if we could be even stricter. True to form Sir High has taken the bait and the line has been drawn.
It is the wrong time of year for backpacking so we will split the route into day walks. The distance as the crow flies is 26.5 miles but we will be lucky to keep it under 35 miles. No rules except keeping as close to the line as possible preferably on footpaths or quiet lanes, legal ground or not. There are some obvious obstacles in the way – the fells of Bleasdale, the Rivers Wyre and Lune, Quernmore Hall Estate and the M6. It will be a challenge overcoming them, lets get started.
Our joint walks seem to have promoted a kind of unspoken motivation to post our own accounts first, and in a way you have won this one in fine style, but I have now posted an actual account of the first day’s walk. I know you took many more photos than me and assuming you do a post there will be more detail. I look forward to its reading.
Post coming soon.
I don’t feel there is any competition but I do try not to use identical photos.
I agree, no competition really, but if I don’t do it fairly quickly I forget the derails, which is apparent when you read my account.
This looks like a fun challenge! I’m looking forward to reading the posts.
We are on our way and trying to keep within less than a kilometre from that line.