This weekend will be our first practice walk for the trip – the plan is to walk approximately 20 miles to a campsite near Ely, camp in the tent overnight, and walk back to Cambridge on Sunday. This will give us a chance to try out things like shoes, rucksacks and the tent for the first time, and to see what walking this kind of distance with kit will be like. Having only been camping a few times before, and not really in the last 7 years, I’m feeling a little apprehensive about this weekend. I can’t remember the last time I’ve walked this sort of distance with kit (likely around 10-12 kg), so have little idea exactly how easy or difficult it will be. The plan to walk 16-20 miles each day for 3 weeks on the trip around Scotland seems achievable at the moment, mostly because I have no idea what I’m getting myself in for!
This trip should give an indication of how challenging things will be, even though the Scottish hills may be a little more challenging than flat Fenland terrain. Fingers crossed it won’t be too much of a reality check…and for good weather this weekend!