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The Southern Upland Way is a 341 km coast to coast walk in Scotland between Portpatrick in the west and Cockburnspath in the east. I walked the route camping and staying in bothy’s during a wet couple of weeks in July 2009 during which time I met less than 10 people on the path.

Finger post at the start of the southern Upland Way long distance path, Portpatrick

Lichen, sedum and grass on the headland by Killantringan Lighthouse Scotland

Loch Derry seen under a cloud from Craig Airie Fell, Borders, Scotland

Ghostly trunks of timber forest next to a recently felled area near Laggangarn, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Wind turbines catch the light under a stormy landscape from Craig Airie Fell, Borders, Scotland

Cattle water troughs in a field near Stranrear, Scotland

Trig point of Craig Airie Fell looking east towards the Galloway hills, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Rusted cattle feeder and discarded cast iron bath Balmurrie, Scotland

Beehive Bothy, Near Laggangarn on the Southern Upland Way, Scotland

View west of fields in sunlight under a storm cloud from Benbrack near Cairnhead, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Drystone wall near St John's Town of Dalry, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Sanquhar town seen from near Shiel Hill on the Southern Upland Way, Scotland

Fence descending Benbrack in the Galloway Hills, Southern Uplands, Scotland.

"The manor", Church Street in the village of Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The sign on the wall says The Manor, the date above the door is 1989.

Markers by the road to Lowther Hill Radar Station from Wanlockhead, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Turf topped stone Sheepfold, Phawhope, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Clothes drying in White Laggan bothy interior South of Loch Dee, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Dryhope Tower built 1535 catches the evening sun, a ruined Scottish pele tower (castle keep) in the valley of the Yarrow Water, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Elidon Hills seen from the Three Brethren, Yair, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Pease Bay Holiday Home Park, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 2009

High Cup Nick, North Pennines Day: 49   km: 949

Mid-point of Pennine way. By this point my body was adapting and things started getting easier.

Border of Scotland, Cheviot Hills, Pennine Way Day 54   km:1098

Bizarre sign on the border between Scotland & England. Gruelling final section of the pennine way, it really does feel like one is entering a different land

Glen Tilt, Borders Day 64   km: 1382

One of the things which surprised me was the difficulty of navigation when one has to proceed everyday no matter the weather. At one point continuous rain tapping on the waterproof’s hood and then on the bivi bag for 4 days.

The Lairig Ghru , Caingorn Mountains Day 72   km: 1459

838 m high – higher than many British mountain summits

Day 81: The End

Interestingly by the end of 3 months I was physically so used to the lifestyle I could have turned around and done it again. Nothing hurt any more and I felt fresh every morning.

After 81 days I arrived at the northern most point of Britain. Mentally I was so prepared for an anti climax looking out over towards Orkney, but in fact it was a quiet happiness I felt, of slowly getting to know this mysterious island.

I end with this image which reminds me of the simple pleasure of filling up a flask of delicious peaty water from a Scottish burn.

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 1998

South Dartmoor Day:10   Km: 232

Interesting thing is how one gradually and uncontrollably becomes an outsider as my beard grew and appearance became more bedraggled. When I bought more fuel for my stove near Plymouth and was pouring it into my fuel bottle a man looked at me and said to his wife “look dear that man is drinking meths’

Mendip Hills, Approaching Bristol Day: 14   km: 376

Also met with incredible kindness of strangers the night before this picture a family let me stay the night in their old caravan. Farmers were also very kind often letting me sleep in their barns.

Hatterall Ridge, Offa’s Dyke Path Day: 18   km 474

Fields of England to the right Wales and the Brecon Beacons to the left, Offa’s Dyke
Low point physically each day had got harder than the last, skin had gone on much of my back and my feet were a mess despite best attempts to remedy the situation.

Laddow rocks cave, Peak District, Pennine Way Day: 34   km: 749

Most memorable night sleep woken by the sun shining on my sleeping bag. A well known gritstone climb starts from from the cave.

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 1998


  • walk between the two furthest points in the uk,
  • unsupported in winter
  • avoiding roads
  • solo with no support


  • 20-40km day 1.5 day off a week
  • Sleeping in a bivi to reduce weight as lighter than a tent.
  • 20-13kg carried, Single set of clothes,
  • Cooked food bought in villages every 3/4 days


  • incomparable freedom!

I sometimes I walked two or three  days without seeing a person which struck me as remarkable in the UK

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 1998

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