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Go around the UK with Ted

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Journeys around the UK : Scotland , Wales , England , Isle of Man

Walks: around NorthEast England and Scotland, always with Ted in the rucky.

Journeys around the UK

A few times each year Ted and Steve take a few days to explore somewhere new, or places we haven’t been to for many years. The trips tend to revolve around scenery and beer and always involve using public transport. As well as the account of the trip we’ve included some useful practical information and, where relevant, a bit of train buffery. Click on the links for the blog of each journey.

Ted allows Steve to have a break on Snowdon, Gwynedd, Wales (we got there by the mountain railway).


The journeys currently included, listed from North to South, are: 


Inverness to Wick  a Far North trip by train and bus;

The Western Isles  (pdf 2.5Mb) Steve and Ted’s trip by plane to Barra then by bus and ferry through the Uists and Harris to Stornoway and the Ness of Lewis, plus a second visit to the same area leading a tour group;

West Highland highlights….and tales  from various visits to the West Highlands over many years;

Knoydart (pdf 501kb) A journey to Mallaig via the West Highland Railway and across to the remote Knoydart peninsula;

The East Coast and Deeside Two visits to the eastern side of Scotland, from Aberdeen and Deeside to Fife and Falkirk;

borders5Islay a visit to the island of Islay, which then continued to Oban and Easdale  ;

Perth and around, put together following regular visits to the area;

Central Scotland  a photographic introduction to the area;

Embra and Glesca Day trips to Edinburgh and Glasgow – pub crawls round the best pubs in each city – plus some useful information;

Rothesay and Dunoon  notes from a day trip to Bute and the Cowal peninsula;

Doon the Watter to Millport  a day trip to the isle of Cumbrae;

kelpies1Campbeltown notes from a short break to the Kintyre peninsula;

The Scottish borders  a trip through the Borders from Biggar to Berwick upon Tweed;

Southwest Scotland Four visits to southwest Scotland, taking in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire.

Scotland photos:Ted defending Eilean Donan Castle, Highlands, from all comers; At Fingal’s Cave, Isle of Staffa, Argyll and Bute; Ted in the arms of Wojtek, the Polish bear, in Duns, Scottish Borders; The Kelpies, Falkirk.



Around North Wales A journey from Conwy to Llangollen taking in Snowdon, the Lleyn peninsula, Dolgellau, beer and narrow gauge steam railways, plus subsequent visits to Anglesey;

Around South Wales  A journey to Cardiff, followed by a few days exploring Pembrokeshire by train and bus.

Photo: Ted in Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

IMAG1102England : 

The journeys and visits included here, from North and South are:

Furness. A trip to Broughton in Furness, Cumbria, out via West Cumbria and back via Kirkby Lonsdale;

Bradford, a short break in Bradford, including visits to Skipton and Saltaire;

Liverpool ,photographs from a short visit to the city;

Shropshire , a journey to Bridgnorth and Bishop’s Castle in search of a strange railway and good beer;

IMAG0749 (2)East Anglia ,  A trip to Bury St. Edmunds, Ely and Norwich, visiting a pub or two along the way;

The Bus Trip (pdf 918kb) – a week long journey by local bus through the south of England from Dorset to East Anglia, via Shaftesbury, Swindon, Buckingham and Sudbury;

Trains and Beer in Essex (and a bit of Suffolk) – a wander round the branch lines and pubs of Essex from a base in Colchester;

The Kent trip (pdf 880kb) by train and bus to Sheppey, Thanet, Canterbury, Dungeness plus Uckfield and Rye in Sussex;

Wiltshire and Somerset  A wander round West Wiltshire and Somerset, based in Bradford on Avon and Wells;

Cornwall and Devon A journey round the branch lines and the pubs;

Isle of Man: 

Isle of Man  – highlights and photographs from four visits to the Isle of Man.


England photos: A typical summer’s day in Weymouth, Dorset, England; Ted and Steve at Dungeness, Kent, England. After a paddle in the sea next to the nuclear power station Ted is growing by the minute, and Steve’s brain is escaping from his left ear; Sheerness, Kent, England – the photo says it all.



My walks with Ted are mainly in Northeast England, accessible from our base in Durham, plus a few while visiting Scotland. Some are coastal, others moorland or former railway lines. Most are relatively easy, and all involve a pub or two along the way. Brief descriptions of each walk are here:

WALKSNortheast England And Scotland   (pdf 3.5Mb)


Photo: The Laxey Wheel, Isle of Man.



Inverness to Wick, The Western Isles , West Highland highlights…and tales  , Knoydart  ,  The East Coast and Deeside,   Islay  , Oban and Easdale  , Perth, Central Scotland , Embra and Glesca ,  Rothesay and Dunoon ,Doon the Watter to Millport, Campbeltown , The Scottish borders  Southwest Scotland

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