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    How far will you go?

    On another forum I was recently involved in some discussion about the most remote trout lochs in the UK and after investigation it appears that you probably can't be much more than 4 - 5 miles from somewhere that you can take a vehicle. I've done similar stuff myself and walked miles into the middle of nowhere only to discover, when I thought about it, that I was probably never more than 5 miles from a spot that someone could get to in their car.

    I've also had the pleasure to stalk in some pretty remote spots but the truth is that although I might have walked a bit on the day (and i suspect that even in highland stalking most people walk a lot less far than they imagine) I was probably never more than 2 miles from a track or road, probably half of that most of the time.

    Now I appreciate that argos and quad bikes have changed the concept of vehicular access a little bit but I wonder how far you can be from vehicular access (i.e. track, road or similar accessible to a 4WD) when stalking in the UK? Any advance on the 4 - 5 miles that the trout angler might come up with as the most remote spot they can think of?

    As a sort of aside to this I was reading some research they were doing in the USA into deer movement patterns. Eventually they decided to track the hunters to see how hunter movements impacted upon the deer. Deer hunters were reporting walking miles into the wilderness but when tracked by GPS the average distance a hunter went from his car was 200 yards. So, estimates of how far we walk can be very wrong indeed.

    I also looked at my Lewis fishing and I'd guess it is close to the most remote area of the UK but, again, the truth is that about 5 miles is as far as you can get from a road or track. Last season I walked to the Humble Loch and the GPS recorded the walk as almost exactly 10 miles (round trip) however when I get Google Earth on the job the actual straight line distance is a pretty disappointing 3.23 miles. Not really that remote for what must be one of the most remote spots in the UK.
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    I walked from Straloch with my Dad out to Loch Loch, fished round the loch and walked back. Neither of us will do that one again unfortunately. Regards JCS

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    So now days I am rarely more than a couple of miles from a roadway, but often walk further.
    However my Red deer stalking apprenticeship was served on Glensanda estate and that had NO vehicles and you could be 10 miles from the roads, in fact the house itself was 5 miles from the nearest road.
    And yes Argos and quads would have made life easy, but I enjoyed the on foot experience and pony extraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    I walked from Straloch with my Dad out to Loch Loch, fished round the loch and walked back. Neither of us will do that one again unfortunately. Regards JCS
    Hello JCS, how far was that to me (the ill informed one!)

    ATB to you & yours

    Patrick

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    I walked from Straloch with my Dad out to Loch Loch, fished round the loch and walked back. Neither of us will do that one again unfortunately. Regards JCS
    Quote Originally Posted by patrickt View Post
    Hello JCS, how far was that to me (the ill informed one!)

    ATB to you & yours

    Patrick
    Patrick. I was hoping someone smart with OS maps could work it out for me Calculate distance between two OS National Grid Reference points

    It was a long day. About 9 miles there and 9 miles back.

    Thanks for your best wishes and all the best to you and yours too. JCS
    Last edited by jcampbellsmith; 24-03-2016 at 17:24. Reason: Mileage added.

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    One estate I worked on the glen was 17 miles long, there was a track through the glen which you could travel by 4x4 at its worst or best depending on how you look at you could be around a 11 miles from the nearest habitation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogtrotter View Post
    One estate I worked on the glen was 17 miles long, there was a track through the glen which you could travel by 4x4 at its worst or best depending on how you look at you could be around a 11 miles from the nearest habitation.
    I know there are lots of places with tracks but you can basically get a car to them, at least a 4WD. Loch Loch has a track almost to the loch for example as JCS was saying so although I might not have permission to drive to it the truth is it is potentially only 100 yards from the car.

    What I think amazed me was that it is very difficult indeed to end up any sort of decent distance from one of these tracks, or the public road. Now clearly not everyone has permission to drive these tracks but I was fascinated to find that, probably, there isn't a trout loch that you can't potentially get to within a few miles of it.
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    Just walked for 7 hours through bush after goats, ( it's always up very steep hills) only stopped for three breaks each about 10mins, had severe cramp , could hardly drive home, 20mins in the hot tub and a hangy put me right, and didn't,t get a goat, seen plenty, but with a bow you have to be accurate, only took one shot, which hit a small cross branch and broke the arrow.

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