What we are doing and why.

Chesterfield-based IT firm Addooco are sponsoring two friends, Toby and Alex, to complete a 4-day winter expedition through the heart of the Knoydart peninsula in the Scottish highlands.

The trip will take place between the 27th of February and the 2nd of March. It will be completed in order to raise money and awareness for the worthy cause that is Ashgate Hospicecare. The hospice is only partially funded by the NHS so donations like yours are vital for the continuation of the valuable service they provide to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

We are aiming to raise £1000 for Ashgate, progress can be tracked on our JustGiving page.

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The Expedition

Our wintry adventure begins at a small carpark in the highland village of Glenfinnan, in the shadow of the Glenfinnan viaduct which found fame on the big screen in the Harry Potter film franchise.

Over the course of 4 days we will hike approximately 30 miles, through potential blizzards and freezing temperatures. We will be travelling into the heart of a remote area of the Scottish highlands known as The Rough Bounds of Knoydart, a part of the country that is often described as the UK's "Last Wilderness".

Along the way we aim to climb 3 Munros* known as - Sgurr na Ciche (1040m), Garbh Chioch Mhor (1013m) and Sgurr nan Coireachan (953m).

In order to save weight we will not be taking tents, instead we will be making good use of the network of unlocked and free to use wilderness huts that can be found dotted throughout remote locations in the Scottish highlands.

These huts are known as bothies** and are basic, unmanned shelters that are left unlocked by the landowners for hikers, mountaineers and adventurers. Most have functioning fireplaces so they will be ideal places for us to thaw ourselves out and keep warm during the cold of the night.

Everything we need for the duration of the trip, including sleeping and cooking equipment, will have to be carried on our backs. There will be no options for resupply until we reach our final destination - the village of Inverie.

This village is the most remote settlement on the UK mainland and is not connected to the main road network due to the impossibility of building a road through the rugged terrain of Knoydart.

It's also home to a pub - The Old Forge where we intend to conclude our journey with a decent meal and a couple of pints (or 8) before returning to the car the next day via a Ferry to Mallaig and then finally a train back to Glenfinnan.

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*Any Scottish mountain over 3000ft (914.4m)
**The Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) maintains many of these shelters
Map of Britain and Ireland showing the location of Knoydart

Day by Day

Glenfinnan viaduct as featured in the Harry Potter films as the 'Harry Potter bridge' that the hogwarts express travels on

Day 1 | 27/02/17
Glenfinnan to Gleann Dubh-Lighe

Distance: 6.46km | Height Gain: 219m | Height Loss: 106m | Max Altitude: 136m | Min Altitude: 6m

Following 7 hours of driving, day 1's hike will be relatively easy. A smooth 6.46km walk will lead us to the first bothy of our journey - Gleann Dubh-Lighe or GDL Bothy as it is more commonly known.

A detailed map of this day's route can be seen here.

A'chuil Bothy in Glen Dessary

Day 2 | 28/02/17
Gleann Dubh-Lighe to A'chuil

Distance: 15.47km | Height Gain: 574m | Height Loss: 597m | Max Altitude: 433m | Min Altitude: 61m

In contrast to the previous day, day 2 will see us hiking 15.47km over rough terrain into Glen Dessary where we will end the day by defrosting ourselves and our equipment in front of the fire at A'chuil bothy.

A detailed map of this day's route can be seen here.

Sgurr na Ciche - a Scottish munro in winter conditions - Will be climbed on our walk from A'chuil to Sourlies

Day 3 | 01/03/17
A'chuil to Sourlies

Distance: 13.35km | Height Gain: 1344m | Height Loss: 1438m | Max Altitude: 1040m | Min Altitude: 0m

More than likely our toughest day - This day involves us scaling 3 Munros, the highest of which stands at an altitude of well over 1 kilometre. At night we will be resting our heads at the very remote Sourlies bothy.

A detailed map of this day's route can be seen here.

Inverie, Knoydart - The most remote village and pub on mainland Britain

Day 4 | 02/03/17
Sourlies to Inverie

Distance: 15.23km | Height Gain: 693m | Height Loss: 697m | Max Altitude: 548m | Min Altitude: 1m

This day is our longest in terms of distance and involves navigating our way across rickety old bridges and rugged terrain (It's not called the Rough Bounds of Knoydart for nothing) before finally arriving at Inverie.

A detailed map of this day's route can be seen here.

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