Exploring under the Balcombe Viaduct

Built in 1841, the Balcombe (or Ouse Valley) viaduct is surely one of the most mesmeric structures in the south of England. A footpath passes right underneath the viaduct, allowing you a close up view of this amazing piece of Victorian railway architecture.

Travel the Slow Way; The Sleeper Train to Scotland

Take the overnight sleeper train, leaving London Euston just after 9pm, to pull open your curtains the following morning and pressing your nose up against the early morning window light to reveal the peaks of Scotland awaiting you.

We were on the 21:15 departure from London Euston. The hills would be ours the following morning.

The Lost Valley of Glen Coe; A Winter Hike up Stob Coire Nan Lochan

Glen Coe is one of the most dramatic and most beautiful locations in Scotland; a well visited glen in a country packed full of drama and beauty.

In this great glen, and out of sight from the road, lies a surprising and hidden ‘Lost Valley’.

Combining a short, steep walk to the valley with a spectacular winter ascent of Stob Coire Nan Lochan, meant one of my favourite days I’ve had in the mountains of Scotland.