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Great North Trail Blog

Welcome to my Great North Trail blog.

The Great North Trail is a long-distance off-road trail from the Peak District to Cape Wrath or John o’ Groats, covering a distance of 1327.71km, (825 miles).

Over the next couple of years or so, (in between other adventures), Rhona and I plan to see how much of this route, (in no particular order), can be done by a blind guy and his guide #BLINDRIDER #GUIDERIDER

As we only have the 1 vehicle, the majority of the route will have to be done “there and back”, meaning that by the time we finish, we may well have done almost double the distance.

Follow our progress below, and maybe we’ll bump into you, (not literally, I hope), along the way.

GNT KMS SO FAR (ONE WAY): 248.04

ACTUAL KMS SO FAR: 490.40


Great North Trail blog

  • Bike (GNT) – River Moriston to top of hill (heading north), Scotland
    Today was Day 4 and ride 5 of our short trip north on the Great North Trail. This was our final hill climb of this trip, (5.5km to the top of the hill), which joined up the larger section we’ve been doing over the last few months from Innerwick to the Eskadale road. Approximately 164km. Although we’d just biked 80kms, over […]
  • Bike (GNT) – Plodda Falls to the Eskadale road (heading north), Scotland
    After the last couple of days, riding up some very steep hills, on rocky, rough paths, today we took it easy with a ride along the tarmac road, picking up provisions in Cannich en route. A leisurely ride, at a leisurely pace. #BLINDRIDER GNT (one way) kms: 10.26 Total (round trip) kms: 25.7 […]
  • Bike (GNT) – Plodda Falls to top of hill (heading south), Scotland
    Up, up, and a little more up. Starting at Plodda Falls we biked 800m to the Great North Trail, along a nice smooth tarmac road going slightly downhill. (Make the most of it, because the next 8km would be UP!) After 3km of climbing, (and occasionally walking), we met a very friendly couple of walkers who told us the path […]
  • Bike (GNT) – River Moriston to top of hill (heading south), Scotland
    P.M. After parking up by a bridge over the River Moriston, we cycled a few hundred metres along the main road, before turning left into the woods. The path here was really good, and relatively easy for me to follow, so I took the lead. After 5 minutes on this big track, we turned left and the big clear track, became a […]
  • Bike (GNT) – Fort Augustus to top of hill (heading west), Scotland
    A.M. As this was Day 1 of 4, and we had Molly on this section, we decided to take it easy. That was until we entered the woods – zig zag, up and up! After a couple of kms of steep climbing, the trees started to thin out and we came across a wee burn. An ideal spot for Molly to get a drink and have a paddle, while Rho and I […]
  • Bike (GNT) – Kilin to Big Rock, Scotland
    Another wee bite taken out of the Great North Trail. With Molly leading the way, we kept the pace slow and the distance short. A round trip of 16.5km in a little over 2.5 hours, with lots of stops for sniffs and drinks. (That’s Molly, not Rho!) The scenery was fantastic, but you’ll just have to take my word for that as the […]

Great North Trail Blog ARCHIVE:

  • 30 Jan 2022 - Bike (GNT) - Wee Hoose to Corrieyairack Pass, Scotland
  • 21 Nov 2021 - Bike (GNT) - Hawick to wee gate
  • 20 Nov 2021 - Bike (GNT) - Middleton Top to Fridon, England
  • 04 Oct 2021 - Bike (GNT) - Kielder Reservoir, England
  • 26 Sep 2021 - Bike (GNT) - Fort Augustus to Corrieyairack Pass
  • 20 Sep 2021 - Bike (GNT) - Loch Laggan to Wee Hoose, Scotland
  • 18 Sep 2021 - Bike (GNT) - Duncansby Head to Loch Watten, Scotland
  • 21 Aug 2021 - Bike (GNT) - Innerwick to 4th bridge, Scotland
  • 17 Aug 2021 - Bike (GNT) – Rannoch Station to the 4th bridge (No, not that Forth Bridge!)
  • 14 Aug 2021 - Bike (GNT) – Rannoch Station to Loch Ossian, Scotland
  • 27 Jul 2021 - Bike (GNT) - Loch Laggan to Loch Ossian, Scotland
  • 26 Jul 2021 - Bike (GNT) - Loch Laggan, Scotland
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