Long Distance Hiker
Over seven years ago; I was Letterboxing on Dartmoor(Devon / UK); and I met an old git; who had a winter jacket on; a woollen cap and fleece gloves on; and this was the 4th of July. He seemed to know where he was going; and he plodded along; on his trail poles.
I had been in the process of looking for an elusive 'letterobx' and hailed him when he went by; and asked if he were a 'letterboxer' and if he knew where the box was. He wasn't; he was a walker. On his return through the pass; he gave me his name and number and I mine; and talked about walking in the far reaches of the moor.
About two weeks later he called; and arranged for a walk. It was supposed to be about 7 miles long; and about 3 hours long. It was after 'foot and mouth'; the trails and tracks had grown over. He got lost; and we had lunch in the central bog; and after 7 1/2 hours; we returned back to the car. The walk was over 20 miles long! Feet soaking; bitten by midges...he said; I guess after today; you won't be wanting to go for anymore walks. I said; maybe not tomorrow; BUT nah, I'm fine to go walking. He was 82. We spent every week or two; though sometimes even more then once a week walking. Usually anywhere from 7 - 20 miles at a go.
I know Dartmoor well; especially north Dartmoor. I have hiked some of north Wales with him; and many parts of the wes of Scotland and The Highlands.
I moved to Wales three years ago; and we took a trip to Scotland about 15 months ago. BUT at his advanced age; he had trouble getting over styles; and the weather troubles him unless it was warm; and then he fell in to dementia; and it became dangerous to travel or walk with him.
I do miss him. He was like a father to me.
I tried to join a local walking group; BUT they are regimental; so many minutes to there; and then so many more o here; and then 3 minutes 10 seconds for tea. No time to enjoy the view or the plants or to take photos - so, stopped. I walk alone mostly.
I miss walking with some one; and would love to walk either here in Wales with some one or in Scotland.