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West Highland way

West Highland way

Postby Paul85 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:49 pm

Route description: West Highland Way

Date walked: 06/07/2010

Time taken: 5 days

Distance: 150 km

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Started from Milngavie on the Tuesday morning with 2 friends. We were walking the Way for CHAS.
We walked from Milngavie to Milarochy bay on the first day and the feet took a severe battering especially going over Conic Hill as the weather came in really quick and it was quite exposed to the wind and rain.
On the second day we walked from Milarochy Bay to Inverarnan via Inversnaid. We stopped for lunch at the Inversnaid Hotel and were seriously considering catching the boat across the loch and some public transport but after serious pondering and bearing the charity in mind we continued on up the lochside in the pouring rain to Beinglas Farm Campsite!
Day 3 we walked from Binglas farm to Bridge of Orchy stopping in Tyndrum for lunch. We camped wild at the riverside in Bridge of Orchy and got assaulted by the midges!!
Day 4 was from Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven. The weather was dismal all day and poured it down for the best part. We stopped at Kingshouse hotel before tackling the Devils staircase which we overcame without too much hassle and a flag was planted at the top. We camped in Kinlochleven.
Day 5 was from Kinlochleven to Fort William. Thank god. We could hardly walk by this point!
After finishing the way and getting some pictures it was time for a drink with some friends we met on the Way.
Great week and have been back since to do from Inverarnan to Rowerdennan and back.
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Re: West Highland way

Postby Paul Webster » Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:21 am

5 days is quite fast - good effort.
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Re: West Highland way

Postby Lowlight » Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:59 pm

That second day is a killer. So many people had to quit at Beinglas. I carried on for another 10 miles and had to pack it in. I'll never wear those crappy wool walking socks again.

Went back up 4 months later and done it in 5 days. Had a great time.

Well done on completing.
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