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Cape Wrath May 2023

Date walked: 26/06/2023

Time taken: 17 days

I was lucky because conditions were probably the best they can be. Lack of rainfall meant rivers were low, easily forded, and the ground had dried out and the going was firm and mostly dry underfoot. Rain was minimal and temperatures mild. I only got midge on one morning whilst I was striking the campsite.

I rested in Ullapool for two nights. Where a parcel was delivered. I also received a parcel at Morvich campsite.
The best food was at the Strathcarron hotel. Much needed.

I had to cut out Achafary to Rhiconich as I had run out of food at Glendhu bothy. But hitched to the London Stores and began eating. Going onto Sandwood bay later, when conditions began to change to a windy rainy evening and night.

The last day was the poorest. Rain came and when I arrived at the lighthouse it was a dim shape in the mist. By sheer luck I arrived as the manager was organising a lift for two other walkers. We drove along the 4x4 track for a few miles and got out to walk over a highpoint and eventually onto the Durness road. By which time the sun had come out and and all was fine again. I achieved a hitch to Scourie campsite for two days rest.

I carried around 35 lbs, camped and used bothies. I am 67. I was fairly fit having done 4 weeks camino in Spain. So found the CW under such favourable conditions within my capabilities. But it could be quite a different challenge in worse conditions.

I would do it again in May. Most of the days were glorious.

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duncanwhyte


Activity: Scrambler
Place: Sandend
Ideal day out: ridge walk




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