30 January, 2019

Hill-Walking (and Running) Features at Winter Words

These words were meant for walking at Winter Words Festival, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, February 14-17, with a trio of speakers focussing on specific areas of Scotland, both for Hill-walking, Fell-running – and scaling the mountains too.

Chris Townsend, passionate hill-walker and British Mountaineering Council Ambassador, launches the Literary lunch feature on Thursday, 14 February, Walking The Wild Spine Of Scotland, conjuring the line where fallen rain runs either west to the Atlantic or east to the North Sea – along with some stunning images he took along the way.

Then afterwards, at 3pm, visitors are invited to Walk This Way by Gary Sutherland – not your typical nature writer. Gary explains how hills gave him the heebiejeebies and forests frightened him, until one day he decided to tackle the West Highland Way… and the Great Glen Way… and the Speyside Way, in a tale – with images – of courage and resilience, as well as cows, Belgians, ludicrous ledges, and creepy messages spelt out in pine cones!

Fast forward to Saturday, 16 February, 10am and Jonny Muir races in. Successful hill- and fell-runner, he talks about the supreme test of mountain running, Ramsay’s Round, a daunting 60-mile circuit of twenty-three mountains - climbing the equivalent height of Mount Everest - culminating on Ben Nevis, to be completed within twenty-four hours. Did he manage it? Find out from Jonny - illustrated with some incredible photographs.

Through a range of 30 events, Winter Words is an annual celebration, of Stories, Scotland and the Natural world, kicking the nation’s literary year into gear in a place of outstanding natural beauty.

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