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17/5/2023 at 11:04pm
 Location: NE England
 Outfit: Citroen Dispatch Campervan plus tents
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Lots of campervan trips so far this year but only one backpacking trip so far.

Been struggling with ankle pain after it was replaced a couple of years ago - was better than went downhill again. Hoping to get out again later this week. Not ready to give up yet! How about everyone else?   Not been on UKCS for a good while - been quiet in this section so not missed much!



via mobile 18/5/2023 at 4:49pm
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Had a Scottish trip planned for this month but ended up getting an appendectomy and now have to go for a colonoscopy. Had to cancel and to tell you the truth my fitness has evaporated and am very tired all the time.
I will see if I can get out in June if all goes well. Even an easy overnighter up the hills would be good.

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via mobile 18/5/2023 at 9:54pm
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It doesnít count as backpacking but Iíve done a couple of bicycle camping trips so far this year, though Iím usually a fully loaded ďfamilyĒ camper

This is Pendeen back in Feb - stupidly over burdened and a massive tent.





Was a great trip but I almost decided Iím too old for this sort of caper: Cornwall to hilly for my old legs / knees for now. Must do some more!


22/5/2023 at 11:13pm
 Location: NE England
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Quote: Originally posted by Ewen c on 18/5/2023
Had a Scottish trip planned for this month but ended up getting an appendectomy and now have to go for a colonoscopy. Had to cancel and to tell you the truth my fitness has evaporated and am very tired all the time.
I will see if I can get out in June if all goes well. Even an easy overnighter up the hills would be good.



Good luck getting back into shape & back out again.   I have a colonoscopy every five years. Fascinating to watch on the monitor!



Quote: Originally posted by TimCESmith on 18/5/2023
It doesnít count as backpacking but Iíve done a couple of bicycle camping trips so far this year, though Iím usually a fully loaded ďfamilyĒ camper

Was a great trip but I almost decided Iím too old for this sort of caper: Cornwall to hilly for my old legs / knees for now. Must do some more!



That counts in my book! I'm hoping to get some bike trips in this year too.

Got away for a couple of days - not used to the heat!   My new orthotics worked well but after 6 months my midsoles are shot on my lightweight boots. Not built to take my 100kg & gait I reckon.   Will be going for a resole upgrade soon.   Had that successfully done on my winter boots recently.

My 37 year old rucsac still going strong this weekend. I've replaced it 5 times! Non of the replacements last long before I decide to go back to my old pack. I'll be sticking with it.



24/7/2023 at 11:33am
 Location: Swinton manchester
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Just in the process of sorting my trip to walk the Leeds Liverpool canal. A canal tour maybe a good idea for your ankle. Canal and rivers trust have done extensive work on some routes over the years. Plenty of pubs to get ankle medicine too

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via mobile 25/7/2023 at 11:23am
 Location: Ayrshire
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For more flat walking or cycling, try the John Muir Way coast to coast (Dunbar to Helensburgh, c.160 miles, minor hills en route). Or walk / cycle the shorter route along the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal towpaths; worth it for the Falkirk Wheel & The Kelpies. Maps etc https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/forth-clyde-union-canal.shtml
Scottish access legislation covers you for responsible wild camping because youíre travelling under your own steam & carrying your gear. Though I wouldnít pitch up in Clydebank - I used to work near the canal & the locals got up to some interesting capers at lunchtime, not somewhere to be at night.
PS - South Scotland has been blissfully devoid of midges this year because of the long dry spell: hot spots as expected (eg Glencoe, west coast). Handy map at the Smidge sponsored app https://www.smidgeup.com/midge-forecast/

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2024 = 2 sites / 4 nights. 2023 = 9/23. 2022 = 13/35. 2021 = 11/29. 2020 = 4/20. 2019 = 13/35. 2018 = 20/33. 2017 = 10/22. 2016 = 19/33. 2015 = 15 sites / 27 nights. Didn't count 1976 to 2014.


25/7/2023 at 3:27pm
 Location: NE England
 Outfit: Citroen Dispatch Campervan plus tents
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I'm off for a 2 day bike tour Hadrian Wall way in the next few weeks & I have a 6 day backpack in the highlands coming up in October. Mostly glens so nice & easy.

Canals are a favourite destination in the campervan this year. Just been in the Peak District & walked along part of the Cromford Canal.

Aye - well stocked up on Smidge for our upcoming van trip in late September if we catch the tail end of the midges plus a couple of zone protection devices which have worked well for us.



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