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ron6632

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Southern Upland Way
« on: 13:12:14, 07/06/19 »
About to start my walk on the SUW on the 11th July, finishing in Cockburnspath on the 29th - a mix of camping, bothies and hotels (got have some luxury)


Iíd been planning it for a while but events this week mean Iím now doing it sponsored in aid of Unision Kinneil Band whose band hall was burnt down on Tuesday (4th June).


Unfortunately the band has lost virtually everything, and while many things such as music and instruments can be replaced, many irreplaceable items from their 160 year history have quite literally gone up in smoke.  They are, however, determined to fulfill their engagements for the summer, including their annual concert in Boíness Town Hall next Friday (14th). They are a fantastic community band, and thankfully the local community has rallied in their support.


The police have acted quickly and two 16 year olds are appearing in court today (Friday 7th) charged with setting the fire.  I will never understand why people do these things.


If you would consider sponsoring my SUW journey I would be very grateful, as would the band.  So far just over £500 has been donated towards the event - Iím looking to at least double that!


Thanks for reading


https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kinneil-band-1?utm_term=w52xR98Zb


And a link to an Edinburgh Live article about the fire


https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/boness-united-newtown-park-fire-16376905

gunwharfman

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Re: Southern Upland Way
« Reply #1 on: 11:49:19, 09/06/19 »
I have deliberately avoided a few walks in my hiking career. For example, I have lived near the sea for over 30 years and I've never been motivated to hike any coastal path anywhere, only inland ones. The one inland route I've knowingly avoided is the Southern Upland Way, every time I read about it the route comes over as just too lonely and bleak for me. I did the Glyndwr's Way a while back, interesting in its own way but that was bleak enough thank you.

Good luck though and hope you have a good time.

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Re: Southern Upland Way
« Reply #2 on: 14:06:52, 09/06/19 »
ďLonely ď was one of the main reasons that I did it for last year. I wouldnít call it bleak but obviously it covers a long distance so not everywhere can be fantastic scenery.

I certainly preferred it to the Pennine Way
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ron6632

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Re: Southern Upland Way
« Reply #3 on: 15:25:18, 09/06/19 »
I have deliberately avoided a few walks in my hiking career. For example, I have lived near the sea for over 30 years and I've never been motivated to hike any coastal path anywhere, only inland ones. The one inland route I've knowingly avoided is the Southern Upland Way, every time I read about it the route comes over as just too lonely and bleak for me. I did the Glyndwr's Way a while back, interesting in its own way but that was bleak enough thank you.

Good luck though and hope you have a good time.


Cheers.


Looking forward to it.   Itís been on my bucket list for a long time - it is a remarkably remote route, for its location.   Iíve walked sections, and scenery is very much under rated, as is the whole of the Scottish Borders - it is close to home for me though. Itíll be interesting to see what the route is like as a whole!

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Re: Southern Upland Way
« Reply #4 on: 16:43:36, 09/06/19 »
"Lonely and bleak", I'm always down for that! It looks beautiful in the pictures I've seen, a less severe Cape Wrath Trail. Is it public transport accessible?

ron6632

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Re: Southern Upland Way
« Reply #5 on: 18:15:59, 09/06/19 »
Itís a bit patchy for day walks I think. 


Thereís rail links to the start  Stranraer (20 minute bus journey to Portpatrick), Sanquhar, Galashiels and Melrose. 


Thereís a bus service from the end at Cockburnspath to Edinburgh and Dunbar (Berwick as well I think), but the last bus runs around 1720 with very limited accommodation options. 


Moffat, I think has a City Link bus service that stops there, but I would need to check that, probably more likely a local service from Dumfries where there is a rail connection. 


Innerleithen also has a regular bus from Edinburgh to Galashiels.

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Re: Southern Upland Way
« Reply #6 on: 21:59:44, 09/06/19 »
Thank you for taking the time to give such a detailed answer. My daughter is in Edinburgh so maybe next time i visit I'll have a look. Good luck with the walk, I've sent you a few quid


ron6632

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Re: Southern Upland Way
« Reply #7 on: 22:11:27, 09/06/19 »
No problem for the info - if youíve got any questions after Iíve finished at the end of July will happily oblige.  Itís quite a difficult walk to organise round public transport.


Thanks so much for the donation.  Anything I raise will be a drop in the ocean compared to what the band has lost in the fire. What has happened is beyond comprehension really, but they are determined to keep going and were  out playing at Fauldhouse Gala day this weekend. 


Thanks again!