Saturday, 28 August 2010

Day 9 Clunes to Fort William

Saturday 28th August 2010

After a very wet night I had packed away my tent by 8-30am and headed off out of the forest. After walking along a section of road lined by expensive looking big houses the Great Glen Way follows the shore of Loch Lochie. This was a very pleasant spot and easily the highlight of the day.

After rejoining the Caledonian Canal at Gairlochy I walked along a 7 mile stretch of towpath being buffeted by headwinds and light showers in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The towpath takes you to Neptune's Staircase. It's quite a sight, a series of 7 locks that bring the canal down to sea-level.

After a couple of confusing miles the Great Glen way brought me to its end in the centre of Fort William. I had managed the journey in two and a half days, the guide books suggest it should take six.

After stopping for lunch in a large supermarket I made my way to my accommodation. The room was basic, but I was delighted to find I had a bath rather than the usual shower cubicle. My legs were soon enjoying a well deserved soak as I contemplated my next task, The West Highland Way.

GPS data click here

Mileage today; 17.85 miles, walking time 4 hrs 33 mins, average walking speed 3.9 mph

Weather; Overcast and breezy, light showers. Max 16C

Cumulative mileage; 208.04 miles

Neptune's Staircase viewed from the bottom
Looking back at the Clunes Forest, far left, where I camped through a very wet night.

Loch Lochie shoreline walk

1 comment:

  1. The guide books may suggest six days, but I assume they don't expect most people to be averaging a marathon each day! You're doing well.


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