A great day to end a sometimes traumatic week on West Highland Way. The turning point of the 7 days was undoubtedly meeting up with Pete, Ian, Sian and Mary-Ann, who dragged me through the last part of the week when I had been near my lowest ebb.
There was some disagreement as to the length of today’s walk from Kinlochleven to Fort William, but what wasn’t in doubt was the potential of seeing Ben Nevis for the first time. And we weren’t to be disappointed.
The walk commenced with a fairly steep climb to around 800 feet and it was never easy to get a good rhythm going with ups and downs and stony surfaces. A diversion near the end gave us a very tricky descent and there were sometimes confusing directions too:
But the five of us reached the end of the West Highland Way in Fort William.
We bade farewell as they are travelling back to Kent tomorrow. It has been a brilliant three days and I will forever be grateful for their support.
I calculate it as about 191 miles to the finish after the 17 today, that incidentally had the most perfect weather that I could have wished for. Total walked 824 miles. Rest day forthcoming.