Okay, where am I right now? Have a look. Have a look around at the scenery. Am I in Scotland? Freezing cold, up the Pentland Hills? No, I’m in Sri Lanka. World’s End. That’s the hike I’m doing today in the Horton Plains National Park. Well unfortunately your man arrive at the park 15 minutes after it opened, which means the race is on, to beat those other hikers to the viewpoint. Okay, looks like there’s plenty of people ahead of me. That’s a shame. Definitely got here too late. I thought I was gonna be one of the first one’s through the park. Apparently not. Plenty of people. Hopefully they’re stopping to take selfies and stuff. I want to be at that viewpoint first. Little World’s End. Still a bit of mist. Lovely. Getting a bit of heat from the sun. Bit of a cool down from the breeze. Ah, not bad, not bad. Right, it seems more people ahead of me than what I thought. But, I’m working at a brisk pace here. And World’s End now 2.5km that way. I’m gonna go up there and see what’s up here first. Maybe snakes, maybe a better view. We’ll see. Looks like this is where the detour has taken us. Up here. Dunno if there’s anything further down there. God. Spiders webs, everything. There’s green vipers up here as well. Not seen one yet but apparently there’s plenty. And they are venomous, so that’s fun! What is around here. God, how many spiders webs do I need to cut through to get through this jungle. This is definitely not the real way to go. This is like some kind of sub path. Jesus. Ugh. There better be something worth this trek. Alright, what do we have here. Ah, too misty to see anything. That’s disappointing. Have I just come a shortcut or something? Cause there’s another path leading up there. Maybe I’ve just gotten ahead of all those hikers. And maybe now this is World’s End drop here and I’m number one. Is that the case? I dunno but I should definitely tie this lace. Don’t want to be falling down from that! Ah, well, have a look at this. Isn’t that magical? The way the mist just flows over there and have a look down here. The sun just coming up in the morning hitting the edges of the mountains. Still loads of mist though. Looks like, when I get to the viewpoint, which I think that’s it, I dunno, still not a hundred percent sure if that’s main viewpoint or that is like some mini viewpoint, I’m probably going to have to wait for this mist to clear and unfortunately that means the other hikers are gonna catch up with me and yeah, most of them are Chinese so they’re a bit noisy and that so that’s gonna, kinda, ruin the atmosphere a wee bit. Look at that. Look at that valley. Look at that mist, rolling, down the mountains. This is nice, okay, further trekking to this viewpoint. Let’s go, up, up, up! Ah, come on. Adventure time. This is what I enjoy. This is the bet bit. You don’t wanna be on one of those tracks that’s all a beaten path, wide and it’s just like a leisurely stroll through a park or something. This is what real hiking is. A wee path. Oh, look at that. It does look like this mist is starting to clear, pretty rapidly. Looks like this is the top of this point. And here we go. WHOA! Nearly slipped there. That would not have been good. Ah, okay, I’m gonna move up, a bit careful. It’s wet and the mud is loose. Look at that! Look at that drop! Yeah. Down there, the village. [laughter] Wow! Alright. Well there’s no signposts or anything, so I don’t think this is the main World’s End drop. I think this is one of the mini drops. Which, unfortunately means, I’m probably gonna have to back. This is a path that goes further. I’m gonna see where it goes. Maybe this is just an alternative route or “raowt” as the Americans would pronounce it. I hate that word, how they pronounce “raowt”. So unfortunately I end up having to go back and go to the main World’s End trail, it’s gonna be full of Chinese hikers, giving it that! Giving it a bit of the old gob. Ah, but let’s see what happens. I’m gonna go up there just now. Right, that is definitely not somewhere you want to take a wee tumble and fall down. Watching my footing here, as I stand on the edge. Look at that! Anybody fancy falling down there? Chances of survival, absolutely zilch. Alright. All sorts of scary drop points. But look at that. I’m getting the better view now. This is what I came here to see. Beautiful view. Back in that direction still a lot of mist. But you can see, as the sun is rising it’s starting to light up some of these areas. So we’re gonna get a good view pretty soon. This is definitely not the main trail but, I mean, if this definitely goes to where I think it’s going I would have taken this trail anyway. I would have taken the more adventurous trail and left the main trail to the Chinese. But, I’m just, the worry is, I’ve done this many times before, and it ends up the trail just goes to a dead end somewhere and I get all wet and covered in nettles and spider’s bloody webs for no reason at all. For no benefit, so. Eh, but that’s part of the adventure isn’t it? So we’re gonna go, have a wee look. Ho, ho ho. Do not want to slip. Right, through here. Wow, this is fun. Here we go. Here we go. Right, it looks like this is heading in the right direction. I’m absolutely soaked from these plants, I’m getting bitten by stuff, my bloody trouser legs are wet but they told me to wear trousers because they said there’s leaches here. Loads of leaches and as you walk through these wet plants they grab on to you and suck your blood like little vampires. Little blighters. So that is the reason I’m wearing long pants, as you Americans would call them. I’m in my pants. Right, come on. Right, through here and another view. Another viewpoint. Viewpoints aplenty. Scary drop points, aplenty. I reckon that’s it. I reckon that is it right there. The main viewpoint. It’s got to be, right? I mean, look around, it’s the highest part. I dunno. It could well be that I’ve just gone off the correct trail and I’ve come to some other wee peak. Who knows? Anyway, as long as that tuk-tuk driver is still waiting for me when I get back in a few hours, it doesn’t matter. If I get stuck here for like six hours or something, then I may not have a ride home. Right, shh. I can hear Chinese, in that direction. So maybe I’m on a parallel path. Maybe we’re gonna meet up with them. At some point this is going to come to a junction and we’re gonna meet up with our Chinese friends. Oh, there we are. Hello. Looks like I’ve gone off some. Oh, I’m gonna join the main trail. Sorry, good morning. I definitely went the wrong way. Yeah, I’m soaked. I was on some small path that went for like a kilometer or something. Okay, see you up there. So, when you enter this national park they take every piece of plastic, any piece of disposable plastic you brought with you, other than your water bottle and even then, they make you take the label off. That’s because they want no litter at all, no plastic polluting their environment. I think years ago, they discovered the sambars, they opened up up and seen that it was full of plastic. So, after that, after that, they banned it. Even if you’ve got like bananas in a wee bag or something, they take the plastic off you and give you a paper bag. But they do allow you to take one bottle of water, but you need to make sure you bring it back. You have to sign a wee register. You took one bottle with you, you’re bringing one back mate, that’s it. Ni hao. [laughter]
Ni hao. I took a different path from you. That’s why I’m wet right now. Huh? I took another way, another way. Before, I go ahead of you and then I take another way. Now I overtake you again. Two times I overtake you today. [laughter] Okay, I see you again probably, further up there. See you. Bye, bye.
Bye, bye. Okay. Let’s pick up a bit of pace. I think there’s more people ahead of me now as well. That’s unfortunate. It was a nice little detour though. Got to see some views that the rest didn’t see, right? Here more friends. Ni hao.
Ni hao! I overtake you again. Before, I went another path. That’s why I’m wet. What?
What? Yeah, I went another way, another way. Oh.
Oh yeah. So I overtake you two times. [laughter] Okay, see you again. Further up there. Okay, this is lovely. I’m enjoying this brisk wee jog through the woods. Again, could easily be in Scotland, in the summer time. Summer morning in Scotland. Bit of mist. Cool breeze. Still T-shirt weather for me though. And just going for my daily jog as I used to do back when I lived in Scotland. I used to go for wee jogs through the woods like this. Wouldn’t come and do this every day if I stayed in Sri Lanka though, paying those gate fees for that bloody national park. Rip off. Least you do this in Scotland, it’s free. Absolutely zilch. Nobody’s going to charge you any money to go somewhere like this in Scotland. the land belongs to the people. Even, you are foreign people, come to my land you can roam around it for free. Nobody’s going to charge you any money. Okay, more friends. Sorry. Ni hao, ni hao. Ni hao. Okay. I did make it here first. [laughter] World’s End. Here it is, the hike, by like two seconds, made it here first. Beat the Chinese. Welcome to World’s End. You can look down 870 metres on a clear day. Well it’s not quite a clear day, let’s have a look. Let’s see how far down we can see from here. Barbed wire. Definitely going any further than that. Look at that! The village down there, all lit up by the sun. Over there, still misty. Nice. A couple of people up there. Go and have a wee look. See what they’re doing. Ugh, in fact those are ones I overtook earlier as well. Dammit. [laughter]. Dammit! [laughter] Oh well, we’re not number one today. Be number three, it looks like. Let’s get in the way of their selfies. Good morning. I’ve just come to get in the way of your photos. Here to photobomb you. [laughter] [laughter] Ah, nice. Barbed wire here. Probably people taking photos sitting on the edge. Maybe a couple of people fell down and that’s when the barbed wire got introduced. That’s what I think. Because definitely if that wasn’t there, people would be sitting on there getting their Instagram photos for sure.
Absolutely. Probably some people still do on that ledge. Are you brave enough to try? No? Not me, not me either. Ah, that’s nice. Would you possibly take a photo of us? Of course. No problem. Thank you very much.
Okay. Rearrange the shot. Do we sit?
Yeah. Where’s? See, I really need to be at a higher point than you. But then, from that direction, there’s nothing there. In fact, if you stand there, I’ll do this. Cool. Like this, right. See if we can do this. Right. Should we sit, or? Yeah, that’s better actually. Right, so the sun’s there. So, right, let’s hang on, I’ll put this down. So I get a steady shot. Okay, one of them,
Thank you, thank you so much one of them must be good.
You’re a star. Thank you. It’s so cute.
Looks good? Yeah it does.
I’d ask you to take one of me but I’m all sweaty. I dunno if I want that on my Instagram. I don’t know if I want a sweaty photo on my Instagram. It probably won’t show.
Okay. See, this is a good. I should get a photo of you from here. I wasn’t doing it because the sun’s in the way, but if I’m taking it, you see angle here?
Yeah. Like, have a look at this. See then you’re getting some background, so if you’re kinda like sitting right there, like this point here. You can try it. Have you got your phone on you? It’s just so close to the edge.
I know, argh. Yeah, just, you’ve got good balance, right? [laughter] Oh see, that’s good because you actually get an idea of how far down it is when you can see something. Okay.
Okay. I tried to get here first but I take a detour and then I had to, I overtook everyone and then, I overtook everyone and then I took a detour. I got all soaking wet.
Oh, no. But there was a nice couple of views up there that nobody else seen. So I got something unique. But then I gad to re-overtake everyone else and still you beat me. [laughter]
Yes! Disappointed. That was my mission today, was to come up here first. Sorry.
No, no worries. We power walked. Yeah, well I was running once I got back on the main track but before It was like there was like that much space and it was just all leaves and stuff. I was worried about leaches and snakes and spiders webs. Maybe spider webs, having to just cut through them. It was horrible. That’s the disadvantage of coming through a trail first is you’re the one that breaks up all the spider webs with your face. Did you eat your breakfast here? Might do, yeah. Because all the Chinese are coming. They’re right there. I dunno if there’s like another ledge or something up there. Yeah, my hotel also gave me a packed breakfast. Oh, that’s so nice. Yeah, did you make your own or they gave you one? I didn’t see anywhere to buy anything so No we bought this yesterday. Where you staying? You staying in the village there or are you staying in Nuwara Eliya?
Nuwara Eliya. Ah, I’m just staying in the village there. Are you? It’s super remote. There’s like you’re in your lodge and there’s nothing else around. There’s no shops or anything. Only at the railway station there’s one wee restaurant so I got nothing. I just depended on what they gave me. But they gave me a box. Let’s see what they prepared for me. Oh, it’s all crushed. Let’s see. What they made me. A banana. Oh, a candy bar. Aww. I do with that and a sandwich. Two sandwiches with Aww, bless them. Oh, it’s tuna. Don’t like tuna. Oh, that’s so unlucky.
[laughter] It is tuna as well, but I’m hungry so [laughter]
They’re all tuna. I think that’s tuna. Or maybe it’s chicken pate. I think that’s chicken. Okay, I’ll give it a wee taste. Aye, that’s like a chicken paste. That’s fine. Lovely.
That’s grand. That’ll do me. I hiked all the way so there’s a railway at the village and then my lodge is like 4km away but what I did was I stopped one station earlier and hiked along the railway tracks Oh, wow. for like almost two hours. Through a tunnel as well. The train, coming the opposite direction. I was through a long tunnel. Sorry, you don’t mind me filming this conversation?
That’s alright. Right, so I’m going through the long tunnel and I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel so I can’t see how long it is. And, because it’s like a bend. So I’m going through and it’s full of bats. They’re all like yeah, it’s scary. I have to use the flashlight on my phone. I don’t know how long it’s going to be then I just get out the tunnel and I hear a rumbling. [rumble noise] The train’s coming in the opposite direction so I could have, if I was late, just like five minutes later I would have been squashed. But it’s all good. [laughter] They say, if you don’t take any risks you’ve never lived. But that was fun and then I got to the railways station and hiked another 4.4 KM to the lodge. And the tuk-tuk guys were going crazy Because there’s only a train every two or three hours so they see me coming across the railway tracks and they’re like “oh wow, another customer that we weren’t expecting.” And I just walk straight past them. And they’re just like, they’re clapping, they’re like “HEY!” “Where you going, where you going?”, Yeah, I’m pretty sure if I can hike from the other station I can hike to my hotel, you know? What this weather and environment reminds me of is maybe just after Easter in Scotland you have a freakishly warm day. Then you go up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. It’s a weekday afternoon. Everybody’s working. So there’s only a few people here. A few Chinese tourists. You’ve got pretty much the whole place to yourself. Breathing in all that fresh air. Enjoying the peace. Aye. Lovely. Oh look. People who have done the trail in the opposite direction. Good morning. How are you? Good morning. Yeah, so this trail is like a loop. And it’s about the same distance to the World’s End drop from each part so these are the first ones coming in the other direction to the World’s End drop. They’re way too late though. Place is packed already. Good morning, good morning. How are you? Good morning fellow hikers. How are you? Again, Chinese friends. This is going to be the third time I overtook them. Three times I overtake you now. Three times! Yes, photo, okay no problem. Okay, you take selfie, right? One, two, three. Okay.
Okay, see you again. Maybe I stop and again we overtake. There’s waterfall over there, right? Okay, see you at the waterfall. Okay. Get there first. Yes, get there first and wait for you. Me second, he third.
[laughter] Okay, see you later. Okay. Ah, lovely. A wee lake there. Must be coming from the waterfall. Good morning, good morning.
Morning. Isn’t this beautiful? Very beautiful.
Absolutely lovely. Look at this, wee lake down there and I believe over there there is the waterfall. I guess these guys have made the decision to go see the waterfall first rather than the the World’s End drop. It’s a good idea if you want to be there first to go for a wee swim or something like that. Good morning, good morning. How are you? Isn’t this a beautiful little stroll? Noisy people. Guess where they’re from. Guess where these noisy people are from. Although I guess I’ve been making more noise today than anybody else. [laughter] Vlogging! Ni hao, ni hao. Hello, hello, how are you? Good morning, good morning. I can hear a waterfall from somewhere. I can’t actually see it. But it’s somewhere in that direction. That’s the way you do it. Good morning, good morning. Ni hao.
Good morning. Ni hao, ni hao. Good morning. Okay. Here we go. Where is this waterfall? I don’t hear it anymore. I hope I’ve not skipped it. It’s definitely come over there. But there’s no trail going in that direction. The trail it must go up that way to the left. I’m definitely not leaving here without seeing this waterfall. Ah, they’re making me work for it. They’re making me work to go and check out this waterfall. Oh. Good morning. I’d rather be going down than by going up. [laughter] You’ve got the easy one. This is kinda tough. Ah, good morning. How far to World’s End from here? Ah, Maybe twenty minutes walking or something like that. Already many people there. It’s already quite crowded. Many Chinese. Right. Yeah.
[laughter] Okay. Yeah, they’re making a lot of sound. But so am I. I’m making a lot of sounds as well so I cannot complain too much. Okay, see you. If this doesn’t make you fit I don’t know what would. Here we go. What a steep hike. Bollox. What a steep hike. Your man isn’t as young as he used to be. Still managing it. Down there I can hear the waterfall. I think probably go on this beaten path is the way since everybody seems to have been there. It’s definitely not on that wee trail. Right, let’s go. Good morning. You’ve got the easy path. It’s all down from here. Yeah?
Yeah, for me steep hike up.
[laughter] Not good, very hard.
[laughter] See you. Good morning. Coming back already?
Yeah. It’s a loop, a loop. Yeah so you go all the way there. You;ll get to World’s End and you’ll go a different way back. It’s a circle. Okay, it’s that way then? Yeah, so half the people have been going this way, half the people have been going that way so you’ll start to meet people coming this way now. Oh yeah. And now it’s down hill. And now, listen to this. That waterfall is very close. Ah good morning, good morning. Baker’s Falls. The moisture from Baker’s Falls plays a deciding role in the local plant and animal communities. On the banks, a profusion of mosses and algae grow in the misty spray. The alert visitor may spot the endemic pygmy lizard which dwells in the moist luxuriant tree ferns near the falls. Well, they’ve bigged it up. They’ve bigged up their Baker’s Falls. They’ve made it sound like it’s something amazing, so I better not be disappointed when I get down these steps and see that it’s just a wee pissy wee waterfall. They’ve set high expectations. Let’s see. Here we go. Oh here we are. Wee ledge. Chinese friends. Hello. Ni hao. Ni hao. There we are. Definitely not the most impressive waterfall I’ve ever seen in my life but nice enough. I’d like to go for a wee dip but again, I haven’t brought my swimming trunks. Again. Same as in Galle. Didn’t bring my swimming trunks. What was I thinking? Why did I not bring them? Lovely. Very nice. Very, very nice. Well, had to put the camera away to get down there. It’s all slippy. Covered in Algae and all those tree branches and those tree roots and stuff. I’ve just come down here to ruin some more people’s photos. Look at this. She’s getting her photo taken with the background, the waterfall. And guess who else is in the background? Your man! Well, the waterfall was lovely. And that’s about it. Looks like it’s just a nice wee trail back to the entrance from here. And that’s that then. Well, that’s me completed the loop completed the trail and probably if I’d went to World’s End now, about this time. About 9am. Then, probably it would be a much better view. The whole valley would be lit up by the sun. But the problem would be there just be too many people there at that time. Look, nobody around here. Right now, everybody’s up at that viewpoint. And guess who else, guess who is down here though, those two Chinese tourists. The one with the yellow. The one I overtook three times. When I was at the waterfall taking videos and selfies and all that they overtook me again. Are they actually gonna finish before me? Giving them a wee wave. They’re not finishing before me. I’m overtaking them for a fourth time. Right, the exit’s right there, where you see that wee hut. Right, do you think I can overtake them? That’s the challenge. The first challenge was to get to the top of World’s End first. We got beaten by the English. Again, the Scottish defeated by the English. Now, are the Scottish gonna be defeated by the Chinese? Let’s find oot. Come on, gonna overtake them. Well see, they’re walking slowly. They don’t know this is a race. Or do they even know that I’m running? Let’s find out. Ni hao.
Four times. [laughter]
Four times I overtake you. Can I take a picture. Another picture. Okay, another picture. All together?
Ah, together. Okay. Take selfie style. Oh, you want me to hold it? You hold this one. You hold this one. Okay, no problem. Okay, you can just hold down. It’s okay, it’s just a video. Okay, and oh this is good. [laughter]
It’s good or no? Okay.
Okay, see you. [laughter]
See you. Okay. So we made it. Hopefully the tuk tuk driver is there and I’m going to go back to the Eco Lodge, take a shower and get out of this town. Go explore new places in Sri Lanka. Many places to explore around here. Okay, if you like this video, if you thought it was fun, if you’d like to see more, obviously subscribe. But the most important thing, give me a wee thumbs up. I want to know if people liked this or not. And, see you on the next one. Twenty minute. Ah, twenty minutes, yeah. I need to take shower, wash, wash, drink tea, pack bag, go. like this. Maybe twenty minutes.