Today is the first day of the walk that the rain is so heavy and relentless that I can’t take the camera out once during the ten hours I’m outside. To have any chance of being seen on the road, I wear a hi-viz vest with a head torch switched on, even during daylight. By lunchtime, I’m soaked to the skin (warm and damp being the best I hope for in such situations) and in need of some shelter.
I always love a second-hand bookshop so to arrive in Wigtown, which contains the largest bookshop in Scotland, seems heaven-sent in the circumstances. A couple of hours later I leave Wigtown charmed, inspired and full of pancakes, the perfect combination to sustain me for five more hours of walking through the deluge.