So I went for a walk with Ciara to make me walk at a pace more like the speed I’ll walk on the Challenge. In theory.
This was yet another variation of the Loch Romach walk through Newtyle Forest, because it is remarkably pleasant and extremely quiet. It was a bit of a damp, grey day for the most part, but it never quite rained enough for me to deploy my waterproof jacket, the Dynamo was quite sufficient.
We perched on the ends of some logs, sticking out from a wood stack for our picnic stop. Naughty I know, but it was a low stack and the ends were sticking out quite a way, I felt safe. We then took an alternative route to the Scurrypool Bridge and onto the Altyre Estate, so that we could check on the osprey.
I was very happy, so happy I took a dreadful photograph…
And we saw dippers too.
Another pleasant stroll.
803 ft ascent
2 hours 40 minutes moving
45 minutes resting
3 mph average roughly
Funny thing though, didn’t really slow me down, Ciara must be a little taller or a little fitter!