I had some doubts about walking the West Highland Way – I didn’t know if I was up to walking 15 miles+ per day for 6 days, especially if the weather was bad. I was concerned that it would be over-developed and far too busy and I had a load of untried kit with me – a new tent and it was the first time that I’d used trail shoes instead of boots.
But it was a great experience – dappled woodland, primroses, cuckoos, mountain views and really not many people at all. The few people that I met were friendly and helpful. My footwear was fantastic – not even a hint of a blister in spite of the heat and my legs held up pretty well.
Obviously, I was incredibly lucky with the weather – not a drop of rain in 6 days and it was too early for midges. My favourite section was from Balmaha to the head of Loch Lomond but every day was enjoyable. It was great to meet up with woodcarver Ian again after so many years and to see old friends at the party at Glenuig – I had anticipated a solo week but it turned into a social occasion.
Roll on the TGO Challenge 2013.
I’ve rearranged my daily posts so that they are ordered from Day 1 rather than in the order in which they were posted. This makes it a bit easier to follow the trip.
I found other blogs on the WHW quite useful before I started. Some of these are: