Tuesday, October 3
My Best Walk
The best walk I ever took was around the Island of Colonsay in the Hebrides. Its a small island with a circumference of about 8 miles, mostly flat, but with constant breathtaking coastal scenery. We also had a blizzard half way round and I thought we were going to die of exhaustion and exposure,..... But that's another story completely!!!
On Colonsay you will find Kiloran Bay which you approach up a gentle hill, and once at the top, you peep over to reveal this breathtaking view, honestly its truly does make you take a sharp intake of breath. We walked down to the beach and we were the only people there, us plus the dog. I walked backwards along the sand and watched my footprints snake behind me. It was my birthday. A different place and another time.
So why do I bloody hate going to Keswick? As I guess everyone knows its a pretty town in the Lake District surrounded by various mountains, the most well known being Scafell and Skiddaw. The main problem I have with Keswick is all the damn walkers everywhere, enjoying the scenery and taking in the view. They stand around in groups all kitted out in the best walking fashions, and you know what? I'm jealous. Funny that, I have exercise envy. I think I'm really peeved about lost opportunity. What I want is the chance to see those views from the top of the mountains once in my life time. Hmmmmm should have done it years ago, but we always think we have forever don't we? Its about time we started thinking a bit more creatively. Why not stick a funiculaire on the side of one of these mountains? Would it be so bad? The purists tell us that we have to preserve everything we have, I don't disagree, but if its good enough for the Alps, then surely it would do for the Lake District? So here's a couple of nice views. Kiloran Bay, and Keswick and the mountains.