TrussyTrek 2021

1000-mile solo walk from Start Point to Cape Wrath

(England: April 2021; Scotland May 2021)



Paul Truswell supporting:


Just Drop-In Macclesfield

'Helping young people find their feet'


Previous walks:

I have successfully navigated over 2000 miles solo walking in the UK. My routes have included well known National Trails such as the West Highland Way, Southern Upland Way and Offa's Dyke and, in recent years, a series of bespoke walks following routes away from the usual long-distance trails that I have planned myself: 300 miles from Lindisfarne to Iona (2014); 560 miles from Lowestoft to Land's End and Cape Cornwall (2016); 612 miles from Dover to Edinburgh (2018) and a further 300 miles thereabouts from Edinburgh to Scourie in 2019.  Being bespoke routes all were christened 'TrussyTrek' 2014 / 2016 / 2018 / 2019 being handy titles for use as hashtags on social media.


Past fundraising:

All my 'TrussyTrek' walks raised money for charity; two local to me in my home town of Macclesfield in Cheshire and one national concern:


TrussyTrek 2014 raised £2500 for Cre8 Macclesfield.


TrussyTrek 2016 raised over £3000 for my local Scout group


TrussyTrek 2018/19 raised over £3600 for Fibromylagia Action UK.


TrussyTrek 2021 donations can be made via VIRGIN MONEY by clicking this link or via my FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER by clicking here.

Registered Charity Number: 1081416


Why am I supporting Just Drop-In?


Well think about it this way...


I need to be sure that my boots are a good fit for my feet! In much the same way, before I set out on a long walk, I have to be equally sure that the charity I want to support and promote is also a 'good fit' for what I do.  All the time there are lots of people out there doing wonderfully mad things for charity; some big, some small, but all are of equal value.  As fundraisers we all passionately care about something either in our local communities or beyond. In my case, this time round, I want to support something local again, ideally an established organisation bang in the centre of my home town of Macclesfield in Cheshire.


Step forward to Just Drop-In! Established in 2001 by 'Churches Together'* in Macclesfield, I've known about Just Drop-In for years, but being of a certain generation (my son calls me a boomer!) I haven't had cause to use it personally, but I am very aware of the excellent work they do 'helping young people find their feet' in the world of work, and the whole business of living beyond formal education more generally. For nearly two decades Just Drop-In has established an excellent reputation for the quality of its support for young people in Macclesfield.


*known now as 'Hope in North East Cheshire'




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At around 1000 miles TrussyTrek 2021 is the longest route Iíve planned so far, and it will be my third attempt at reaching Cape Wrath. My 2018 walk was intended to reach the cape in one continuous journey from Dover; unfortunately I had to end the walk in Edinburgh after 612 miles due to a foot injury, and I was thwarted once again in 2019 by a combination of bad weather and the MOD firing range at Cape Wrath!


This very varied walk will commence at the enticingly named Start Point on the southern tip of Devon, firstly following the South West Coast Path north to Exeter, and then continuing northwards across Devon following the Exe Valley Way leaving the route near Exebridge, to cross the Haddon and Brendon Hills, then on to meet the coast at Watchet. From there I'll follow the coast east passing under both Severn Bridges to follow the Severn Way north as far as Kidderminster, where, continuing an appropriately 'watery' theme, I'll start a long section following the towpaths of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire and Shropshire Union canals as far north as Audlem, where I'll leave the canal network for a time by using the South Cheshire Way cross-country to just south of Congleton, where I'll once again follow the canal to my home town of Macclesfield; doubtless for a couple of rest days. From Macc I'll head east again on familiar paths to Edale where I'll pick up the Pennine Way, and follow that north to Hadrian's Wall. Leaving Hadrian behind and with the vast area of Southern Uplands in front of me (likely to be one of the most challenging parts of the journey - memories of the Southern Upland Way abound here!) the next objective is Milngavie just to the north of Glasgow, where I'll join the West Highland Way for my third time on the route following it this time all the way to Fort William as I did in 1999.  From 'An Gearasdan' (FW in Gaelic) it's on to territory I only know from behind the steering wheel of a car, following the Great Glen Way towards Inverness but leaving the route some miles before there heading for Beauly and Alness, where the wildest, most challenging and remote section of the walk begins; but it will be familiar as I will repeat the route I followed in 2019. People might ask why follow the same route? Why not go a different way? Let's just say it's unfinished business...


Onwards and upwards from Inverness I'll once again cross the Kessock Bridge and head north across the Black Isle aiming for the Cromarty Bridge and Alness and then on via Strath Rusdale and Glen Calvie to join the Cape Wrath Trail  at Oykel Bridge, following this via Inchnadamph, Kylestrome and Rhichonich to Sandwood Bay; and finally on to my goal which is the lighthouse at Cape Wrath. Hopefully here at last on my third attempt, I'll get a ride on Britain's remotest minibus service and a short boat trip leading to a final night in Durness before the long journey home.


TT2018/19 was 48 route days covering around 850 miles, so I am going to allow 50 days plus a few rest days for TT2021. The walk will start on the morning of 1 April 2021; April Fool's day. You can draw your own conclusion!



Just Drop-In

14 Duke St. Macclesfield SK11 6UR


Paul Truswell (at Cape Cornwall TT2016)


START: Start Point, Devon (Where else?!)


FINISH: Cape Wrath




TrussyTrek 2021 ~ the route.


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