Sunday, 31 May 2009

Day 57 Sunday - Glen Nevis to Laggan Locks

Walking 9.30am to 8.45pm
Distance walked today 20 miles
Total distance walked 851 miles
Distance left 201 miles

The campsite at Glen Nevis is quite big, catering for caravans and motohomes, as well as tent campers but is good. The showers are excellent. Before I left the site, I rang my mum to wish her happy birthday - 87 today.

I went into Fort William to end the West Highland Way and then looked for the start of the Great Glen Way - the first sign I saw was behind Morrisons. The route took a meandering way out of Fort William and eventually popped up on to the towpath of the Caledonian Canal. It is a wide canal - no narrowboats as on English canals - mainly cruisers and sailing boats.

For the two miles or so to Gairlochy lock walked with Nick from Leighton Buzzard. He'd just finished his twenty second traverse of the West Highland Way and was going on towards Inverness tomorrow. It was nice to have company for a while.

The path switched to the other side of the water. This part of the canal ended and there was then three miles of road walking, meandering along the north side of Loch Lochy.

Loch Lochy
At Clunes, the Way continued alongside and above the loch for a further seven miles to Laggan. Camping is permitted by the lock but the ground is atrocious - very stony and difficult to get pegs in.

Loch Lochy

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