A quick trip back to Kinlochleven and I set off about 9.30 up the hill in the sunshine on the last leg of the way. For once, there were lots of people around – then I realised they were the spectators for the trail biking. I anticipated being buzzed by bikes all day but, in fact, apart from a handful of officials I didn’t see any. I think they were mostly near Kinlochleven and by setting off early I had missed them.
I liked the first bit of the walk here with views of Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe but I found the walk to Glen Nevis a bit of a drag. I had my second accident of the trip here – I crunched into a piece of cold chocolate and a bit broke off my tooth. Fortunately, not painful so no need for an emergency dentist in Fort William.
I dropped down to Glen Nevis with great views of the Ben. The descent through the forest was on steep forest roads then, after reaching the glen, the last 3 miles were on the road – not fun. The Way ended as it began in a shopping centre.
The original end of the Way was on the outskirts of Fort William but it was extended so that walkers would go through the town – hoping I presume they’d spend in the shops. The end is marked by a statue of a weary walker.
My first plan had been to get the train home after finishing the way but I changed my plans to do it in 6 days rather than 7 so that I could get to a birthday barbecue arranged by friends from University mountaineering club days.
So, I met up with Ian again and after a shower and some shopping we made our way to Glenuig (near Lochailort) in brilliant sunshine. We had a fantastic party, barbecue and bonfire – a great end to a great week. Much better than an anti-climactic train trip.