Weather: ☁️ then 🌧
Feeling Today: 🤢
So Far: 238.60 miles, 77:23 hours
So the first day of six on the West Highland Way (seven if you include the extension to reach Central Glasgow). My pal and fellow retired waster, Malcolm, has joined me, arriving yesterday evening and leading me astray with more beers and curry. As a result I’ve felt pretty poorly today – no way to walk.
The path starts with the road out to the start point for the climb up Ben Nevis. We climbed up the opposite side of Glen Nevis, past the ancient fort of Dun’Deardail, through forestry operations, and past a small loch where Macbeth, king of the Scots in the eleventh century, is meant to have lived.
The path then follows the Caulfeild military road, part of the metalled roads that Majors Wade and Caulfeild built in the 1700s to help control the Highlands after the Jacobite rebellions. The roads are now stoney and pretty hard on the feet but fortunately my feet are now pretty hard.
My new pace-setter has a long gait and sets a blistering pace, fortunately not literally …
We had no expectations of Kinlochleven but it’s a vibrant, busy place. The aluminium smelting plant which dominates the village closed in 2001 and the village now feeds and waters and caters for not only the mass of walkers, but also other outdoor activities such as canoeing and climbing. We’re staying in a YHA-style hostel.