Being outdoors, exploring and finding hidden paths, waterfalls, views and beaches is my favourite way to spend weekends. I’m lucky to live in the Highlands so the opportunities to get out and explore new places are endless. As a family, most weekends we pack the car and head off on new adventures.

A year ago I set myself the challenge of completing 50 wheelchair walks to celebrate the 50th year of the Brittle Bone Society – a small charity who do so much to support people, like myself, who have Osteogenesis Imperfecta – and raise awareness as well as money along the way.

After 12 months and lots of adventures, I completed my 50th walk on the east side of Schiehallion, a munro in Highland Perthshire. Thanks to the John Muir Trust improving the paths, even in my manual wheelchair, I was able to explore more than would have been possible a few years ago.

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I’ve wheeled over 250 miles over my 50 walks and made the most of fantastic accessible paths such as those in Glen Nevis in the shadow of the Ben, the Sustrans cycle path network and the Deeside Way. The all abilities path we found in Assynt, in the remote area of Sutherland in the north of Scotland was one of the best I’ve come across. Amazing views, in no way dull and quite possibly the most scenic toilet in the country! I do love to get off road, though, and explore areas that don’t immediately seem accessible. The tracks in places such as Glen Lui or Loch Muick are definitely doable although you may need someone to help occasionally if you’re using a manual chair. Corrie Fee was my biggest accomplishment even if it did mean my parents having to lift the chair and me up the last few metres but I wouldn’t have missed out on that view for anything!

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Deeside in Aberdeenshire quickly became my favourite place to explore and I could easily have done all 50 walks there. We explored miles of the Balmoral Estate, the amazing Caledonian pine forests, Loch Muick, Queen’s Drive in Braemar, and walked in the shadows of Lochnagar. If you love the outdoors, it’s one of the best places to spend time, no matter your abilities.

It feels strange to think that my challenge is over after 12 months. I’ll miss it but I won’t be stopping exploring this fantastic country I’m lucky enough to live in.

For lots more photos and walk reports from my adventures please feel free to visit https://www.facebook.com/BBS50walks/

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Little Assynt scenic toilet!