Gallery

For those who prefer images to words, here are some photographs from the walk. Many of the photographs offer some connection to that day’s poem, so please feel free to keep the book open whilst flicking through the images.

Starting out at Dunnet Head, just after 8am. January 3, 2015

Starting out at Dunnet Head, just after 8am.
January 3, 2015

Neverland? (Actually, Dunrobin Castle) January 6, 2015

Neverland? (Actually, Dunrobin Castle)
January 6, 2015

Meall Fuar-mhonaidh The lonely mountain over Loch Ness (is there a dragon under the mountain?) January 10, 2015

Meall Fuar-mhonaidh
The lonely mountain over Loch Ness (is there a dragon under the mountain?)
January 10, 2015

Better to be on the road than on trails. January 11, 2015

Better to be on the road than on trails.
January 11, 2015

The Great Glen January 12, 2015

The Great Glen at Loch Lochy.
January 12, 2015

Ben Hiant - The tiniest taste of Ardnamurchan. January 15, 2015

Ben Hiant – The tiniest taste of Ardnamurchan.
January 15, 2015

Poor lil' fella ... January 15, 2015

Poor lil’ fella …
January 15, 2015

Sadly, no 'Westernmost Point' marker. Also, no one around to take my photograph so you get a 'selfie' and some stylised shots. January 16, 2015

Sadly, no ‘Westernmost Point’ marker. Also, no one around to take my photograph so you get a ‘selfie’ and some stylised shots.
January 16, 2015

Some bonus photographs: Here are a couple taken on the road between Kilchoan and Ardnamurchan Point. January 16, 2015

Some bonus photographs:
Here are a couple taken on the road between Kilchoan and Ardnamurchan Point.
January 16, 2015

More bonus photographs: here are a couple from my 'Animal Family Portraits' series. January 16, 2015

More bonus photographs: here are a couple from my ‘Animal Family Portraits’ series.
January 16, 2015

A last look at Ardnamurchan. Here, Glen Tarbert. January 18, 2015

A last look at Ardnamurchan. Here, Glen Tarbert.
January 18, 2015

A C-grade photograph of Glencoe; and the view out of my window, towards the car park, at the Kings House Hotel. January 20, 2015

A C-grade photograph of Glencoe; and the view out of my window, towards the car park, at the Kings House Hotel.
January 20, 2015

On the John Muir Way. January 23, 2015

On the John Muir Way.
January 23, 2015

Fresh from the oven at Greggs in Bonnybridge. January 24, 2015

Fresh from the oven at Greggs in Bonnybridge.
January 24, 2015

The glass roof of Edinburgh's Waverley Station. January 27, 2015

The glass roof of Edinburgh’s Waverley Station.
January 27, 2015

The nothingness of Belhaven Bay, Dunbar. January 28, 2015

The nothingness of Belhaven Bay, Dunbar.
January 28, 2015

Bad weather in Britain? Fortunately not where I was walking today. Here, a view towards Pease Bay. January 29, 2015

Bad weather in Britain? Fortunately not where I was walking today. Here, a view towards Pease Bay.
January 29, 2015

This photograph is of Holy Island (it is just possible to make out the causeway on the right of the picture), which my good friend used to describe as the most amazing place in all the world. January 30, 2015

This photograph is of Holy Island (it is just possible to make out the causeway on the right of the picture), which my good friend used to describe as the most amazing place in all the world.
January 30, 2015

Some bonus photographs, but sadly, poor quality. Here, the enchanting Northumberland coast. January 30, 2015

A bonus photograph, but sadly, poor quality. Here, the enchanting Northumberland coast.
January 30, 2015

The two stone tablets which mark the border on either side of the A1 road. January 30, 2015

The two stone tablets which mark the border on either side of the A1 road.
January 30, 2015

Just a fortnight ago I was walking by the bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond; now, it's the suburbia of North Tyneside. February 2, 2015

Just a fortnight ago I was walking by the bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond; now, it’s the suburbia of North Tyneside.
February 2, 2015

So it's not quite Sydney Harbour, but the Tyne Bridge is the best sight that I've seen for days. February 3, 2015

So it’s not quite Sydney Harbour, but the Tyne Bridge is the best sight that I’ve seen for days.
February 3, 2015

Landsdowne Street, Darlington. Not exactly a popular place to live, it would seem. This is just one of a rash of nearby streets littered with estate agents' signs ... February 4, 2015

Landsdowne Street, Darlington. Not exactly a popular place to live, it would seem. This is just one of a rash of nearby streets littered with estate agents’ signs …
February 4, 2015

... Just up the road were two shops offering short-term, high interest loans, another shop offering second-hand furniture, and a £5 barber; then there was a long row of closed shops, many offered 'For Let' with 'easy terms'. A hard rain's a-gonna fall. February 4, 2015

… Just up the road were two shops offering short-term, high interest loans, another shop offering second-hand furniture, and a £5 barber; then there was a long row of closed shops, many offered ‘For Let’ with ‘easy terms’. A hard rain’s a-gonna fall.
February 4, 2015

The stone carvings above the Great West Door of York Minster; and a grainy photograph of York Minster's Central Tower. February 7, 2015

The stone carvings above the Great West Door of York Minster; and a grainy photograph of York Minster’s Central Tower.
February 7, 2015

For those who recall previous poems, here's a change in my life choices: my stick and swag rest on an upper bunk at York YHA. February 7, 2015

For those who recall previous poems, here’s a change in my life choices: my stick and swag rest on an upper bunk at York YHA.
February 7, 2015

This puts things into perspective: 12 miles to walk from the outskirts of York to Selby; a few more between Mercury and the Sun (the large steel ball in the top right hand corner). February 8, 2015

This puts things into perspective: 12 miles to walk from the outskirts of York to Selby; a few more between Mercury and the Sun (the large steel ball in the top right hand corner).
February 8, 2015

Selby Abbey, as seen from my hotel room. February 8, 2015

Selby Abbey, as seen from my hotel room.
February 8, 2015

What distinguishes buildings from architecture? Pevsner famously quipped, 'A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture.' February 11, 2015

What distinguishes buildings from architecture? Pevsner famously quipped, ‘A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture.’
February 11, 2015

Ruskin claimed 'that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles.'  February 11, 2015

Ruskin claimed ‘that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles.’
February 11, 2015

As a side-note, I was hit by a violent attack of hiccoughs upon entering Lincoln today, and had to rest awhile on a bench under a tree. This was the view as I looked up to the Heavens. February 11, 2015

As a side-note, I was hit by a violent attack of hiccoughs upon entering Lincoln today, and had to rest awhile on a bench under a tree. This was the view as I looked up to the Heavens.
February 11, 2015

Cattle overlooking the River Witham (really, there was nothing more interesting today). February 12, 2015

Cattle overlooking the River Witham (really, there was nothing more interesting today).
February 12, 2015

Leaving Boston, it was nice to see a sign pointing to my childhood home of Abbotsbury (though Abbotsbury in Sydney is perhaps a tad further away). February 14, 2015

Leaving Boston, it was nice to see a sign pointing to my childhood home of Abbotsbury (though Abbotsbury in Sydney is perhaps a tad further away).
February 14, 2015

The last couple of days have been spent walking through seemingly endless acres of flat fenland. February 14, 2015

The last couple of days have been spent walking through seemingly endless acres of flat fenland.
February 14, 2015

The Trinity Guildhall in King's Lynn. February 15, 2015

The Trinity Guildhall in King’s Lynn.
February 15, 2015

A flock of oystercatchers at Huntstanton Beach. February 16, 2015

A flock of oystercatchers at Huntstanton Beach.
February 16, 2015

Some lovely views today, though my lens is neither sharp enough nor sufficiently wide to do them justice. Here, a view of Holkam Beach. February 17, 2015

Some lovely views today, though my lens is neither sharp enough nor sufficiently wide to do them justice. Here, a view of Holkam Beach.
February 17, 2015

The dunes which stand over the West of Holkham Beach. February 17, 2015

The dunes which stand over the West of Holkham Beach.
February 17, 2015

Cromer's historic pier at dusk; perhaps of particular interest to fans of the 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa' film. February 18, 2015

Cromer’s historic pier at dusk; perhaps of particular interest to fans of the ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ film.
February 18, 2015

A real shame that I did not quite frame this photograph well: these cliffs at Trimingham were spectacularly rugged. February 19, 2015

A real shame that I did not quite frame this photograph well: these cliffs at Trimingham were spectacularly rugged.
February 19, 2015

The ruins of Caister Castle, one of many things which I did not know of before this walk. There is much serendipity that accompanies the route. February 20, 2015

The ruins of Caister Castle, one of many things which I did not know of before this walk. There is much serendipity that accompanies the route.
February 20, 2015

A bonus photograph: just across the River Yare from Great Yarmouth is Gorleston Beach, a most pleasant place to spend a sunny Saturday morning. February 21, 2015

Just across the River Yare from Great Yarmouth is Gorleston Beach, a most pleasant place to spend a sunny Saturday morning.
February 21, 2015

Early afternoon at Ness Point, Lowestoft. February 21, 2015

Early afternoon at Ness Point, Lowestoft.
February 21, 2015

Two details from the Euroscope. One the left is the central marker; on the right, a nice reminder of what still lies ahead. February 21, 2015

Two details from the Euroscope. One the left is the central marker; on the right, a nice reminder of what still lies ahead.
February 21, 2015

I pass by dozens of these signs each day. Do we ever think anything of the destinations which we do not reach? February 23, 2015

I pass by dozens of these signs each day. Do we ever think anything of the destinations which we do not reach?
February 23, 2015

I've had some good luck with empty churches. Here is the nave of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. February 25, 2015

I’ve had some good luck with empty churches. Here is the nave of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
February 25, 2015

The Chapel of King's College gets a lot of tourist attention; yet, across the road is the equally notable Great St Mary's: for trivia buffs, this is the place of origin for the 16 notes of the world-famous 'Westminster Quarters'. February 26, 2015

The Chapel of King’s College gets a lot of tourist attention; yet, across the road is the equally notable Great St Mary’s: for trivia buffs, this is the place of origin for the 16 notes of the world-famous ‘Westminster Quarters’.
February 26, 2015

The queue outside King's College Chapel for sung Eucharist. I was struck by the overwhelmingly awesome atmosphere once inside - but there are many photographs of the interior, taken in much better light and by much better photographers than me.   February 26, 2015

The queue outside King’s College Chapel for sung Eucharist. I was struck by the overwhelmingly awesome atmosphere once inside – but there are many photographs of the interior, taken in much better light and by much better photographers than me.
February 26, 2015

Stowe School from afar (too far it seems for my fixed 28mm lens). March 2, 2015

Stowe School from afar (too far it seems for my fixed 28mm lens).
March 2, 2015

One of the most enticing sights at Stowe: the school beagle pack out for afternoon exercise. March 3, 2015

One of the most enticing sights at Stowe: the school beagle pack out for afternoon exercise.
March 3, 2015

In the foreground, a memorial tree at Stowe. March 4, 2015

In the foreground, a memorial tree at Stowe.
March 4, 2015

Another day, another tree. This one sighted on the road to Bicester. March 5, 2015

Another day, another tree. This one sighted on the road to Bicester.
March 5, 2015

'Cake Expectations' on Botley Road, Oxford: an unexceptional shopfront, but in the window were some of the prettiest cakes I have ever seen, each telling its own Dickensian story. Apologies for the strong reflections in the glass.  March 7, 2015

‘Cake Expectations’ on Botley Road, Oxford: an unexceptional shopfront, but in the window were some of the prettiest cakes I have ever seen, each telling its own Dickensian story. Apologies for the strong reflections in the glass.
March 7, 2015

Co-incidence, or something more? Yesterday I wrote about the man, today I pass a street named in his honour in Wootton Bassett. March 8, 2015

Co-incidence, or something more? Yesterday I wrote about the man, today I pass a street named in his honour in Wootton Bassett.
March 8, 2015

Regardless of the poem, Frome is not quite as pleasant as I remember it. I struggled to find a nice aspect of the town for a photo, so here's one taken with the conceit of a slow shutter, and with the good fortune of a passing fire engine. March 10, 2015

Regardless of the poem, Frome is not quite as pleasant as I remember it. I struggled to find a nice aspect of the town for a photo, so here’s one taken with the conceit of a slow shutter, and with the good fortune of a passing fire engine.
March 10, 2015

High and dense hedges right up against the road are rather hazardous for a casual walker. March 11, 2015

High and dense hedges right up against the road are rather hazardous for a casual walker.
March 11, 2015

It is a pleasant feeling to be back in the countryside: even if the busy A30 road skims the edge of Dartmoor. March 15, 2015

It is a pleasant feeling to be back in the countryside: even if the busy A30 road skims the edge of Dartmoor.
March 15, 2015

Though not exactly an island, and despite the poem below, passing the valve tower at Roadford Lake did make me think of Donne's famous line: 'No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe'. March 16, 2015

Though not exactly an island, passing the valve tower at Roadford Lake did make me think of Donne’s famous line: ‘No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe’.
March 16, 2015

This decrepit sign on the A388 marks the entrance to Cornwall, the last county I will pass through on this walk ... From Caithness to Cornwall. March 16, 2015

This decrepit sign on the A388 marks the entrance to Cornwall, the last county I will pass through on this walk … From Caithness to Cornwall.
March 16, 2015

Finally, something of the joys of just rolling into town and asking around for accommodation. I'm staying the night at the Eagle House Hotel, the most handsome building on Castle Street, which Betjeman described as having 'the most perfect collection of eighteenth century townhouses in Cornwall'. Britannia stands atop the house, looking down at two Napoleonic eagles, as apparently (so the legend goes) Britain always looks down on France. March 16, 2015

Something of the joys of just rolling into town and asking around for accommodation. I’m staying the night at the Eagle House Hotel, the most handsome building on Castle Street, which Betjeman described as having ‘the most perfect collection of eighteenth century townhouses in Cornwall’. Britannia stands atop the house, looking down at two Napoleonic eagles, as apparently (so the legend goes) Britain always looks down on France.
March 16, 2015

It's nice to see the ocean again. Here, Polruan as seen from Fowey. March 18, 2015

It’s nice to see the ocean again. Here, Polruan as seen from Fowey.
March 18, 2015

The stained glass windows in St Mary's Aisle, at Truro Cathedral. March 20, 2015

The stained glass windows in St Mary’s Aisle, at Truro Cathedral.
March 20, 2015

Thanks to this sign on the outskirts of Helston, I know where I'm heading tomorrow. March 20, 2015

Thanks to this sign on the outskirts of Helston, I know where I’m heading tomorrow.
March 20, 2015

At Lizard Point, 12.05pm. March 21, 2015

At Lizard Point, 12.05pm.
March 21, 2015

The rocks that jut out from Lizard Point. After so much walking, it's quite a good feeling to know that it's just not possible to walk any further, and that the only thing to do is to turn around. March 21, 2015

The rocks that jut out from Lizard Point. After so much walking, it’s quite a good feeling to know that it’s just not possible to walk any further, and that the only thing to do is to turn around.
March 21, 2015

A final postcard image. Here, Poldhu Cove, overlooked by the Poldhu Care Home (a scene which, to me, is reminiscent of Newport's mansions). March 21, 2015

A final postcard image. Here, Poldhu Cove, overlooked by the Poldhu Care Home (a scene which, to me, is reminiscent of Newport’s mansions).
March 21, 2015

26 thoughts on “Gallery

  1. Seems like a great adventure. Certainly more interesting than the classroom!
    Hope you’re well, believe it or not I actually stumbled across your name whilst researching a poem…Which then precipitated more research of your adventures.
    All the best,
    Johnnie

    1. How very apt indeed … sadly, the pressures of life are building and I need to soon need to step back in to what we might consider the ‘normal’, but which also might be described as the ‘ordinary’. I’m also looking forward to my next chance to cut-away again!

  2. Dear Tony,
    Today is the Lunar Chinese New Year of Goat.
    We wish you all the best of this new year and your wishes come true……….
    Please don’t fell lonely during your walk as we are following your path via Google Maps technology.
    We may be just few steps behind you or we are already in front of you of guessing where you are heading for next stops.
    There is a Quote that I want to share with you:
    “Success is not final, and failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts” by Winston Churchill.
    Enjoy the scenery and roll on with your own pace.
    Dad

  3. Dear William,
    How wonderful to hear that reports of your demise were much exaggerated!

    But on only a slightly less frivolous note, you are in a part of the world I absolutely love. We often stay in Cley, and visit round about. The dunes at Holkham are so inspiring and I come over all ‘Shakespeare in Love’. For some reason the Stowe website no longer shows your photos, so I will forward it to my real email address and see if I fare any better. Thinking about you a lot, Tony, and always read your sonnet first thing, even if I don’t always send a message! In a well-known phrase from my youth: Keep on Trucking!
    xx
    Liz

    1. Dear Liz, clearly the Stowe email server is identifying my work as ‘Junk’ … rightly so perhaps! Very much appreciate your ever-present support: no need to comment often at all, as I’m just pleased that you’re still reading after all these days. Thanks for sticking with it.

    1. Dear Thomas, very nice to know that the whole family in Hong Kong is very supportive. I’m only sorry that I don’t have the ability to write a poem in Chinese!

  4. Hello Tony,

    I came to know this from my dad (News is spreading fast!). HAHA.

    What you are doing is AMAZING and I will follow this page from now on.

    Take good care and bon voyage!

    1. Thanks very much Jack, although I’m sorry that you did not find out earlier. I’m going to be finished by the end of March, so perhaps we can catch up properly after then, in London. No doubt, I’ll have a few good stories.

  5. Learnt from your mom what you are doing. I really admire your action, your idea, your courage, your desire, your goal and your forward thinking. With Chinese background not many even no one I know who had explored as what you have experienced. Life should be full of joys and happiness with no regrets. You identity and pursue your goal and objective.

    I like your sonnet though I am not fully understand it due to my poor English.

    Good luck with your walk…Go Go Go

    Enjoy and Cheers 🙂

    1. Richard, very glad to hear from you and thank you for the generous encouragement. I should not worry too much about understanding the sonnets, it is a problem of my confusing writing(!) – but I hope that the poems can still spur some thoughts about life and society.

  6. Read this and thought of you
    ”The word peccadillo – which means a small sin comes from pecus which means ‘defective foot.’ A foot that is incapable of walking a road. The way to correct the peccadillo is to always walk forward, adapting ones self to new situations and receiving in return all of the thousands of blessings that life generously offers to those who seek them.

    Not really sure what my point is – nor am I suggesting you have a bad foot or a small sin – but made me think of your journey!

    1. Mike, my sins are not just small ones: maybe that’s why I’m walking such a long way! It is true though, there have been many blessings already.

    1. Thanks Bob. In a week’s time I’ll be south of Loch Lomond, so if I do need to dig any snow-caves, it will be in the coming days as I head south through Glencoe. We shall see!

  7. Great Effort Mr Chan, both in poem and on foot! It looks like on the map you are making good time/distance? I hope the inclement weather has not been too demoralising or hard going! Fort William not far – A big marker – that my friend!

    1. Thanks Mike! Walking isn’t difficult but certainly hard conditions at times: the poetry has been a tad playful over the past couple of days (need to find some distraction!). Fort William is in my mind (though I shan’t get there today) as it’s a coast-to-coast target from Inverness, just as passing all of Loch Ness was a target. You know what it’s like with your rugby work: lots of small targets. Five days to Ardnamurchan in my plan: it’ll be a nice feeling to get there, I think.

    1. I’m glad that someone likes them! I can only find fault when I read over the poems myself. Do feel free to ask/challenge your boys to write some sonnets of their own: I am certain that they could do better!

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