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About the Author

From bicycle touring to backpacking, watercolour painting to clay modelling, the exploration journal captures my journey through many different interests and travel adventures.

I love to find those out of the way places that whisk you away from the concerns of everyday life. Whether this is by wading through an overgrown river or trying new paint techniques is up to you!

GPS Routes

Please note that by downloading any of these route files you agree that: (1) walking can be dangerous and this GPS data is provided without any warranty, (2) you absolve the Exploration Journal for any liability. (3) You acknowledge that routes can change and these files are a snapshot in time, and (4) you will follow them with due caution and awareness of your surroundings.

This page has downloadable routes for:
UK – West Highland Way
UK – Penine Way
UK – South West Coast Path
UK – Glyndwrs Way
UK – Beacon’s Way
Portugal – GR50 (Peneda-Gerês National Park)
Turkey – St Paul’s Way

A couple of other points:

  • These are KML or KMZ files, I have used an app called Maps.Me for many years to follow GPS routes and mark key locatins, camp spots and points of interest. As a route following tool it is excellent, as an wilderness map it is not. I like to carry an OS Map (or local equivilent) as well if possible.
  • The files only show the route, none of my personal campspots as I believe sharing those will spoil the fun of finding your own wild camping spot.
  • Some show alternative routes (in blue), or other trails which cross over the main one and could be explored.
  • Due to limitations of my site, these routes are provided in zip format, so will need extracting before use.
  • The best way to download Eurovelo cycling routes is direct from their website: https://en.eurovelo.com/#routes-and-countries, these are in GPS format but can be converted to KML format online.

UK


Route: Scotland – West Highland Way (kmz)   

Description: A kmz route for Maps.Me that shows the West Highland Way route from Glasgow to Fort William in Scotland (95 miles), plus the alternative sections.

Associated blog posts:
Walking the West Highland Way

 


Route: England – Download: Pennine Way (kmz)   

Description: A kmz route for Maps.Me that shows the Penine Way route from Edale to Kirk Yetholm (268 miles).

Associated blog posts:
Biouacking in the Dark Peak


Route: England – SW Coast Path (kmz)   

Description: A kmz route for Maps.Me that shows the South West Coast Path route from Minehead to Poole (630 miles).

Associated blog posts:
Walking the SW Coast Path


Route: Wales – Glyndwrs Way (kmz)   

Description: A kmz route for Maps.Me that shows Glyndwrs Way route from Welshpool to Knighton (135 miles).

Associated blog posts:
N/A (I’ve walked it but not posted)

 


Route: Wales – Beacons Way   

Description: A kmz route for Maps.Me that shows the Beacons Way route from Abergavenny to Bethlehem (99 miles).

Associated blog posts:
N/A (I’ve walked a section but not posted)

 

Portugal


Route: Peneda Gerês National Park – GR50   

Description: A kmz route for Maps.Me that shows the GR50 in Portugal from Tourém to Ameijoeira (116 miles). It also includes two alternative sections to make it longer, the PR9 (Sete Lagoas), and GR34 (Trilho Da Serra Amarela). Both of which can be started from the GR50 and rejoin it slightly further on.

Associated blog posts:
Walking in Portugal: GR50 from Tourém to Xertelo
Walking in Portugal: PR9 Trilho das 7 Lagoas
Walking in Portugal: GR50 from Xertelo to Gerês

France


Route: France – GR10  

Description: A kmz route for Maps.Me that shows the GR10 in France, from the Mediterrean to the Atlantic (592 miles).

Associated blog posts:
Short two day walks in the Ariege 1
Short two day walks in the Ariege 2
Oloron-Sainte-Marie to Bagnères-de-Luchon

Turkey


Route: Turkey – St Paul’s Way   

Description: A kmz route for Maps.Me that shows St Paul’s Way in Turkey, both the main route from near Antalya to Yalvaç (310 miles), the alternative stages, and the alternative start from Beskonak.

This download is slightly different and has three files:

  • The main route with both starts and the alternative stages marked in different colours.
  • The original route provided by Ibrahim in Eğirdir
  • A POIs layer that marks water spots (blue) – though this is indicative and can change, so use it to inform your plans, not as the foundation for them

Associated blog posts:
Main route – Antalya to Sütçüler
Main route – Sütçüler to Eğirdir
Main route – Eğirdir to Yalvaç