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Edinburgh’s toughest walk ruined me

By - Richard - 17th November 2022

Edinburgh’s toughest walk ruined me.

I was fortunate enough to take part in the inaugural Artemis Pentland Peaks Challenge, a 27 mile endurance event in Edinburgh’s Pentland Hills. The route encompasses seven of the highest peaks in the Pentland Hills.

I have always had a love of the Pentland Hills, but I don’t feel like I know them well enough. This tough walking challenge gave me the best excuse to explore everything that the Pentland Hills has to offer. My training for this challenge was ill-fated. Three weeks beforehand, I got covid for the second time in two months. I was left bed-ridden and exhausted. I was not going into the walking challenge in the best physical condition and I was going to have to rely on my general fitness levels to carry me through. I underestimated just how tough it would be. Carrying a 15kg rucksack with all of my filming equipment was tough. This walk ruined me.

But what an experience! The weather could not have been better for this walking challenge and the Pentland Hills looked amazing.

The walking challenge was done for two very worthy charities, Mary’s Meals and Sane.

Mary’s Meals: https://www.marysmeals.org.uk

SANE: https://www.sane.org.uk

Find out more about the event here: https://pentlandpeaks.com

About the Author

Richard Nicholls - Managing Director

Before launching Swift Films, Richard worked as a broadcast TV director and editor, working on programmes for the BBC, ITV and Sky.

A multi-skilled and technically-minded filmmaker, Richard is equally at home coming up with creative concepts as he is on location filming or pulling footage together in the edit suite.

Richard is a member of Independent Producers Scotland and has a love of cats, football, chocolate and Film Noir (in that order).