Ive finished! Ive walked 1200 miles in 7 weeks and 4 days! Ive walked along roads, through fields, along rivers, over moors and over mountains. Ive had all sorts of weather from scortching hot to bitterly cold, gale winds, fog, thunder and lightening, but on the whole I think Ive been very lucky with the weather! Its been very hard mentally and physically at times but also very enjoyable and life enhancing. The wildlife and scenery have been amazing and I was even lucky enough to see an otter and just yesterday a seal. I will continue with the blog during my recovery time in Orkney as I know some people are interested to see the amazing sights of these islands. My thanks to everyone that has followed my blog for your encouragement and your generous donations to Naomis House Childrens Hopsice. It gives me great pleasure to know my efforts will help to support such a worthy cause.

LEJOG - Lands End John O Groats

Thanks for visiting my blog... This expedition has been two months in the planning and training and will hopefully be two months in the execution. I will endeavour to entertain you with a few tales and interesting pictures of my trip as I travel the length of Great Britain in my Lejog challenge... so please call back and send me messages of support to boost my tired legs!

I am collecting sponsorship for Naomi's House childrens hospice. Naomis house provides support and respite care to people under the age of 18 who are unlikely to live in to adulthood. They have two facilities in Hampshire costing 45 million per year to run, serving sick children in seven counties. They are 93% funded by charitable donations.

You can sponsor my trek at http://www.justgiving.com/Malcolm-Woodford

Monday, 21 June 2010

The west highland way is a fantastic walk through some of Scotlands
most beautiful scenery, there's just one problem, midges! The little
critters come out of nowhere whenever I stop moving for a minute but
are at their worst in the morning and evening. I now have a net to go
over my head, a thin pair of gloves and wear clothes that cover
everywhere else when I'm in camp. Having said that there was a stiff
breeze last night that kept them away for a while.

I am now camped at kings house across the valley from Glen Coe ski
lifts just 25 miles from the end of the West Highland Way. On Sunday I
walked and camped with Tommy and Paul again who are finding the going
tough and suffering with blistered feet and fatigue. They were great
company but the pace walking with them was becoming too slow and I
decided to leave them to their own challenge and make some ground and
perhaps complete the WHW in 4 days.

Last nights camping was again free on a nice little spot between a
couple of streams with a pub only 50 metres away! I'm just filling
some time now waiting for the pub to open for breakfast; I just can't
resist a fry up! As the sun is heating and drying the tent the midges
are disappearing and I might soon dare to open the door.

If the weather is fine tomorrow I will leave much of burden in
Inverness and climb up Ben Nevis.