Back in 2002, I needed a plan. My occasional wild country excursions were sporadic and without focus. But then I had an idea. Walk across Wales.

Not all in one go – with two small children at home, it would have been wrong to demand a three-week break from Barbara. But a few days at a time, over four years. It worked fantastically well, and it would be the springboard for the development of my skills and confidence as a walker.

There’s plenty more on my Wales pages – all its 2000ft hills (the ‘Hewitts’), for Wales is my favourite hill-walking destination, plus the National Trails of Glyndŵr’s Way and Offa’s Dyke Path.

Carousel pictures: Snowdon from Crib Goch, 1974; the Nye Bevan stones above Tredegar; between Pontrobert and Meifod, Glyndŵr’s Way; Domen Milwyn, mid-Wales; Yr Elen in the Carneddau

Across Wales
Glyndŵr’s Way
Offa’s Dyke Path
Welsh Hewitts