Here we go. At long last almost ready to set off on my much anticipated trip. In just 3 hrs I will wake up and start my trip from Slough north. I think I will travel to Whitby first and go explore.

Arrived just after 6am at Whitby. Still dark. Sunrise about 6.55. Easy journey from Slough. Just under 5 hours.

Bridge St, Whitby YO21 3BT, UK

Whitby is early in the morning. Nothing was open so I walked up to the Abbey

Quick coffee at Costa before setting off to explore again. Going to go to the Cook Museum m, Whitby Museum and back up to the Abby

Amazing Museum. Reminds me of Pitt Rivers. Fantastic Fossils.

Captain Cool Museum. Where he lives as an apprentice,

Arrived at YHA Wooler.

30 Cheviot St, Wooler NE71 6LW, UK

Thursday Day 2

Bad idea to take my Paniers with me stuffed full of stuff I did not use. 15 kg of extra weight I was really feeling by the end of nearly 40 miles of cycling.

First view of the sea 10 miles from my start.

The causeway to Lindisfarne

On the Island at last. Locked the bike and went to see the military fort and the famous priory.

NE68, UK

Trip to the Farne islands

And then after lunch off to Bamburgh Castle

Unnamed Road, Alnwick NE66, UK

Today a relatively late start.

Decided to cycle there instead of take the car. Great weather again today.

Going to see the only Wild Cattle left in the world. The Chillingham Cattle followed by a visit to Chillingham Castle. (Reputed to be an he most haunted castle in the world),

Just made it.

And then to Chillingham castle.

Travelling today to Torridon

View from the hostel common room

Even a rainbow

Walk in the Highlands

Torridon, By Achnasheen IV22 2EZ, United Kingdom

Very strong winds today so am taking an easy walk along the coast.

Amazing waterfalls

Wednesday already. Just a small circular wilderness trail this morning. Then maybe a nice cup of tea somewhere whilst planning my afternoon:

Very wet and windy on the hills.

In the afternoon went to the tiny fishing cove of Diabeg

Missed out yesterday. So will do two days this time.

Weather was really rubbish yesterday and so I did a coastal walk from Diabeg to Craig Bothie and then on towards Red Point.

It was very wet, boggy and cold so stopped after 5 miles and turned back.

This gives an idea of the conditions.

Today Friday has much better weather. I went up Ben Dumph with a nice guy I met at the Youth Hostel. Rob. Reached the summit and was rewarded with fantastic views,

Today was the day for driving back to England. On the way south I stopped at Sandaig close to GlenElg where Gavin Maxwell wrote Ring of Bright Water of Tarka the Otter game. I parked up on the road and I asked a round trip of about 5k.

Country Park, Morpeth NE65 7PU, UK

Visiting Cragside house. First house in the world with electric lights!