Longest distance covered in a single day hillwalk?
by iangpark » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:29 pm
by xslawekx » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:39 pm
by Fife Flyer » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:39 pm
by iangpark » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:50 pm
iangpark wrote:Recently created maps for all my remaining Donalds (which is most of them!) and have noticed that the longest potential single day excursion is 36.1km (a full Culter Fell 11hr round from Lamington - possible by bus in the summer), but almost all are less than 30km. Was curious what records people have for a single day hillwalk - my record is 38km (casual pace; 10hrs) from Dumfries to Criffel and back (85% road walking and only one hill) on my first solo hillwalk. I've done much more if you include a bike, but that's cheating I'm a pretty short bloke (more steps is a good excuse) so my general limit is about 25km before it gets uncomfortably long. That said, my average walk length (on WH anyway) is probably around 20km at present.
by mrssanta » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:43 pm
Longest single day munro-bagging was probably carn eige, mam sodhail and bein Fionnlaidh just under the 30km mark as we did a bit of walking in the night before. and I couldnt walk for six WEEKS after that one!
by nigheandonn » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:49 pm
Somewhere around 20-21 miles - two that spring to mind are from Shap up to Tarn Crag/Grey Crag from the 'back', and from Osmotherley to Kildale on the Cleveland Way (a good candidate for the most I've ever walked in a day, because I then added from Castleton station to the village back to the station to the village again and back to the station...)
(Google tells me this is 32-34km. Not very far by comparison with others, but I'm only small!)
I don't generally plan to walk more than about 16 miles, though - it just risks dragging out too long.
by Backpacker » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:04 pm
by Ben Nachie » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:13 pm
My greatest ascent day was probably 21k with 2200m of ascent. (Aonach Beag, Aonach Mor, Carn Mor Dearg & Ben Nevis). Another superb day, but it aggravated an old knee injury and I had to borrow a walking pole for the last few kms.
My longest day door to door was driving from Aberdeen to Dalwhinnie, cycling to Culra, walking up Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil, cycling back to Dalwhinnie, then driving home to Aberdeen. I can't remember exactly when we set off, probably 7am, but we got back to Dalwhinnie just before closing time at the bar and managed to convince them to supply us with some food. Got home at around 3am after having to stop for a sleep just a few miles from home as I simply couldn't safely carry on.
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by prog99 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:50 pm
Beinn Bhreac from the Blair Atholl railway station which I think around a 40k round trip although 20 of that is by bike.
The three feshie corbetts at around 46k and 1900m of up. Again a bike makes short work of this.
And one with no bikes. From victoria bridge to Coire Beith and then back over 4 munros and two tops. Thats 30k and 2200m of ascent.
Cuillin ridge is still the most ascent in a day I've done (4000m)
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by Driftwood » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:31 pm
Presuming that those don't count, then 44km is my longest day-walk involving significant (Scottish) hills. As well as being the most ascent and, unsurprisingly, the most hours of walking in a single day (about 17.5, though that included hundreds of photos). I only managed 1 or 2 Munros for each of the next 2 days
Having fair-length legs and being used to occasional long (flat) walks, I enjoy doing a fair distance in the hills. It's steep ground that slows me down, especially descending it.
by NickyRannoch » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:13 pm
Never been so done in as I was after the latter. About 30 degrees in the glen and 3 degrees on the tops
by BobMcBob » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:22 pm
by jupe1407 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:56 am
by EllyM » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:05 am
I also did Aviemore to Linn of Dee (via Lairig Ghru) over two days - walked about 27km the first day - felt less tired on that one, possibly because I just had to pitch my tent, rather than drive for 2 hours!
I certainly could walk further, but I feel 30km is about the outside edge of what I'm capable of enjoying, rather than enduring, in a single day.
by jmarkb » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:33 am