Ben Nevis Training Hike #1

On Sunday my mountaineering friends and I went on a woodland hike to train for Ben Nevis. We were really lucky with the weather, lovely and clear and not too cold.


Location: Shorne Wood Country Park
Trail type: Woodland
Distance: 7.5km total
Time: 2h 45m (however this includes a stop between the two trails we walked)

Shorne Wood has several different routes varying in length and difficulty. Firstly we tackled a 1.5km trail to warm up. This was pretty easy, however we did get a taste of what was yet to come. Mud. A lot of mud.


That’s me in the bright orange, contemplating how to cross the mud field

We stopped briefly to consult the trail maps, and decided on the longest walking path-the Explorer trail. 6km round trip through wood and field. Mostly woods. And mud. So mushy that I almost lost my boots several times!  What a way to test my new walking boots! They held up really well. Incase you were wondering. We messed around and explored, and stumbled across a mud mountain, a faery ring and a very climbable tree.


Panoramic of the faery ring

I had a lot of fun doing this with my friends (and boyfriend) however it was also a challenge. Mainly because of the muddy inclines and declines…but also because I still have a phlegmy chest from being ill. I don’t see this going away anytime soon unfortunately 😥 I’m really looking forward to the next hike, I want to push for longer next time to really test our endurance! Next weekend I’m hoping to get out on a clifftop hike, but I’ll update you as to whether this happens or not!

Here’s some pics of our antics!


Walking along the least muddy parts!


Water unsullied by the surrounding mud


Climbing mud mountain


More mud!



Just hanging out…


Claiming mud mountain


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