TrussyTrek 2018 - Magnetic North!

a 900 mile solo walk from Dover to Cape Wrath

Supporting Fibromyalgia Action UK (reg. charity no. 1042582)

START: Dover

Berwick upon Tweed

FINISH: Cape Wrath



Financed by Freedom Computer Services


Supported by:

Canalside Radio



Lionheart Radio

in Northumberland

Why I am supporting FMA UK:

In early 2011, for various reasons I won't bore you with, I was very unsettled in my home town of Macclesfield and was considering a move to the coast at Berwick upon Tweed - England's most northerly town. It was March of that year that I decided that I needed to taste life in the town when the daylight hours were still short and the easterlies were still lashing the coast, so I rented a small cottage for a month and started to get to know the place as much as I could. It wasn't long before I wandered into a cafe/bookshop called Media Mania and was befriended by the owners Roger Daniel and his wife Gill, who generously and very kindly plied me with many cups of special tea accompanied by a variety of excellent cakes. Roger and Gill's unusual but very welcoming shop became my second home in Berwick and I made many visits there (not just for the free food and drink!). Roger is a Fibromyalgia sufferer and having stayed in touch with him for the last 5 years I have started to learn what a debilitating condition this is.


About Fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. You can read more about the condition on Wikipedia by clicking here.


About this and previous walks:

TrussyTrek 2016 saw me (Paul Truswell) successfully navigate 560 miles on foot from Lowestoft to Land's End raising over 3000 for my local Scout group in Macclesfield (1st Hurdsfield) and in 2014 300 miles from Lindisfarne to Iona raising 2500 for Cre8 Macclesfield. 2018 turns my attention to the challenge of walking from the English Channel at Dover to Cape Wrath, the far north-west corner of the island of Great Britain, supporting national charity Fibromyalgia UK.


The beeline direction of the route is approximately towards magnetic north; hence the title given to the journey. (continued above right...)


At around 900 miles TT2018 is about 350 miles further than TT2016 and it will be wilder and tougher as I head north; the Highlands do have a certain reputation! I will hopefully be accompanied by a friend or family member for some of the lonelier Scottish sections of the route...


The route in a bit more detail:

The very varied route will start at Dover firstly following the North Downs Way and then breaking off near Rochester to cross the Thames at Gravesend, then heading north to the west of Chelmsford and then on to the east of Cambridge to Ely. From Ely the next key destination is Lincoln going via Boston. From Lincoln my next goal will be to get to my brother's house at Barmby on the Moor near Pocklington, crossing the River Humber by walking across the magnificent Humber Bridge. From Barmby Moor where I will take a rest day I will then set my sights on getting to Berwick upon Tweed and the Scottish border via the North York Moors, Teesside, Tyneside at Heddon on the Wall and the Northumbria coastal path. Once in Scotland I will continue to follow the coast where possible to Edinburgh/Leith thereafter crossing the Forth Bridge to continue the journey north. Going on a line roughly via Perth, Blengowrie and Spittal of Glenshee the next key destination is Braemar where it will be time to head into some proper wild country for the first time on the route, traversing the Lairig an Laoigh to Nethy Bridge and then heading north to Inverness - the gateway to the wildest and remotest section of the whole route! Crossing the Kessock and Cromarty bridges (not on the A9!) I will then head for Bonar Bridge and Lairig to the southern end of Loch Shin, following the shores of this and a chain of lochs north west to Laxford Bridge. Then follows the final and perhaps most beautiful section of the entire route; via Sandwood Bay to Cape Wrath where I will then have to walk back to Durness (or maybe get Britain's remotest minibus service) for a final night before the long journey home.


TT2016 took me 32 days of walking to cover the 560 miles from Lowestoft to Land's End, so for this route and bearing in mind that parts of it are significantly more arduous, I am going to allow 52 days including a few rest days! I usually start TrussyTrekking in early April and finishing towards the end of May (exact dates to be determined).

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