About the WalkThis walk had been on the cards for a few years with the intention of starting after I became 60 and was largely inspired by the TV series 'Coast'.
Ideally I would have liked to use my campervan as a base and sleep in it most nights, the benefits being that I would only need to carry minimal equipment, could cook & sleep in comfort and be able to keep my phone, camera etc fully charged. But as I would be walking unsupported it would have meant using public transport to get to and from it each time so I would need to start and stop each day close to a bus/train stop. I would also have to find somewhere to leave the campervan during the day and it is expensive with the transport costs, parking & campsite fees for the campervan.
I may use it in the winter.
Although I am intending doing the walk in one go I will be taking enforced rest days and short breaks every now and again, hopefully this will mean that I won't suffer too much with my Achilles.
When I backpacked from Lands End to John o' Groats back in 2004 I walked without a break for 67 days and towards the end I was having pain with my Achilles which took weeks to fully recover from.
A bit about MyselfMy name is Dave Higgins, I was born in Withernsea in 1952, am married to Sandra, live in Orkney and I enjoy the outdoors.
TrainingI don't aim to do a lot of training, the walk is that long that I might as well train as I go.
I usually take the dog for an hours walk every day so I will carry my rucsac all the time to get used to carrying weight.
At the weekend I will do longer walks.