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 on: August 06, 2016, 09:01:12 am 
Started by Jack - Last post by Jack
Hi there,

Thinking of doing the Peddars Way & North Norfolk Coastal Path, I'd be grateful for any information, from anyone with personal experience's of this walk - what's it like, navigation, campsites etc. Although I suspect with it being Norfolk, hills might be a bit scarce, but some of the scenery looks really nice, flat but nice!

See you on the trail.  Smiley

 on: August 04, 2016, 01:12:10 pm 
Started by Jack - Last post by Jack
Hello to everyone!
Has anybody got any information at all, about the new or proposed Lincolnshire coastal path, it sounds interesting!  Grin

 on: July 30, 2016, 09:54:41 am 
Started by Jack - Last post by Jack
I've just got back home from completing the GGW yet again, and had one heck of a good time doing it. Got caught under canvas in that heavy rain storm though.

I started at Fort William then walked to Gairlochy where I camped by the side of the lock, lovely views of Ben Nevis in the distance. Then on day 2,  it was on to South Laggan where I stopped at the always welcoming Great Glen Hostel. Day 3, I walked from South Laggan to Fort Augustus, where I camped at Stravaigers Lodge campsite. I also noticed that  great improvements have been made to the footpath, as far as Aberchalder swing bridge, making it very easy going, and also accessible to disabled people.

Day 4, start of the hills, had a short day (8.5 miles only) and walked on to Invermoristion where I stayed at the Glenmoriston Arms Hotel, the SYHA Loch Ness no longer being available four miles further on. Day 5, had a 14 mile hike to Drumnadrochit took my time going up the hills, but got there in the end.

Day 6, the long one. Started out early (5:30) now it is my contention that the hill you are faced with after turning off the road at Temple House after leaving Drumnadrochit, is one of the steepest and hardest of the entire walk, and not all together the safest of paths in parts, However, once the top is reached you do get a true sense of achievement. Then it's on to the Abriachan forest, where I stopped at the ever welcoming eco-café to rest my tired old legs. Suitably rested and recharged I set off again and reached Inverness Castle having taking nine hours and fifty-five minutes to complete the walk from Drumnadrochit to Inverness. Not fast I can hear you all saying, but not too bad either for a 65 year old man carrying a heavy rucksack and full camping gear.

The main thing is, I met some really nice people on my journey and had the most enjoyable  time as always, doing the GGW. I hope you do too. See you all on the trail!  Grin

 on: July 25, 2016, 07:25:23 am 
Started by drlogs - Last post by Jacquetta
Sorry to have missed this interesting question. Having walked some but not all of it, I'd say that it doesn't really matter, which is just as well because you have probably made your plans by now. The reason most people go anti-clockwise is so they complete the shorter, easier days first. With a circuit walk, the prevailing wind isn't a consideration, but for many (most?) walkers Sneem to Kenmare (at 30 km/19 miles) is at the upper limit of what they can manage in a day, and Kenmare to Killarney contains a fair amount of repetition of the outward journey. I suspect that many people with limited time actually curtail the walk at Sneem and take a bus home!

 on: July 25, 2016, 07:17:18 am 
Started by Jack - Last post by Jacquetta
Thanks for the headsup, Jack, which was news to us until we revised our guidebook for 2016. However, it's worth pointing out that Briar Bank B&B in Allltsigh is still open. Although that is obviously more expensive than the hostel, it is usefully located and gets good reviews, though I've never stayed there. Although the High Route is brilliant for walkers, its terrain is unsuitable for normal bikes and it's great to have accommodation so close to Loch Ness.

 on: July 06, 2016, 01:27:19 am 
Started by Mason - Last post by Mason
1) Tarbert Claonaig

Massive ditch to jump in boggy area. Not lethal, but a 100% chance of getting soaked. In Skipness there is a little shop for drinks and sweeties. Between Tarbert and Claonaig there are MANY places to wild-camp along the shore. Some people take the ferry to Lochranza = "Black Island" / Tintin to stay in a hostel or sleep better than in a tent. cost about 4.50 one way.

2) Claonaig - Clachan

Simple distance and a good place to pitch a tent along the way. I strongly urge any walker _not_ to try to finish at Clachan unless in a hotel or B&B. 2 Miles after Clachan you can wild-camp on a beautiful beach along the road. It is called "Seal Point" if you are into wild camping http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/carpark/a83_seal_point/clachan/

3) Clachan / Seal Point to Tayinloan

Short walk with ankle-killing stones on the beach. Tayinloan has a little shop in the village and a place just by the ferry where you can eat and drink "Big Jessies". Before you come to Tayinloan, you will find the finest place in Scotland (in my modest opinion) to wild-camp, just before "Point Sands holiday park". We were dry on everything so we did not stop, but that is really something!! Also talked to the ranger who said its fine to camp a bit outside that caravan park along the way.

4) Tayinloan - Carradale

Carradale offers a good camping and a few B&Bs and a great pub.

5) Carradale - Campbeltown

A seriously hard descent. Other than that, a good easy walk.Campbeltown does not have a camping but many B&Bs, good food and budget opportunities.

6) Campbeltown - Southend

Easy walk. In Southend there are many good places for wild-camping if you keep your eyes left of the golf course. We stayed in a little cove just by a white house. The Argyll pub offered food, drinks and an everlasting friendship,15 min walking from where we pitched the tent. Southend has many opportunities for walkers. Start looking along the golf course.

7) Southend - Machrahanish

Did not walk this. Shin splints. When finishing in Machrahanish, there is a pub around the corner where among others the ranger works. Lovely camping further up the road with hobbit houses.

We had great weather and all the best circumstances and I am an 'experienced' walker after 2xWHW GGW, Hadrian's Wall, Knoydart and a few others. Kintyre Way is not old military roads like up in the Highlands. Kintyre way is highly "arranged" to pass businesses and I thought little of it compared to the alternatives. Sometimes it also makes ridiculous detours just to prolong the way. Because of shin splint i will get back one day and finish it, but i will never hold it as a "good fun alternative" to the many other walks available in Scotland.

 on: June 01, 2016, 02:33:25 pm 
Started by Jack - Last post by Jack
Hi to all!
Just a quick message, to let all the forum members know, that the SYHA youth hostel, Loch Ness at Altsigh is closed.  Huh So if you are walking the Great Glen Way this year, this option for a pleasant night's rest, is no longer available. Best make alternate arrangements quickly before everywhere around Invermoriston gets booked-up. Let's hope the new owners open the hostel up again soon! See you on the trail.  Grin


 on: May 05, 2016, 10:38:01 am 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
I am giving serious consideration to taking on the C-2-C in 2017, possibly over 2 weeks in May/June. I propose to walk West to East and use as many bunkhouses as practicable, to keep the costs down. I also intend to prepare a Good Beer Guide to the route for other walkers' information. I should be retired by then so should have a lot more time!! Anyone who might be interested in joining me please get in touch.

 on: April 25, 2016, 08:12:12 pm 
Started by walkerjohn - Last post by Buggiba
Four of us walked the WHW from 14th to 22nd April 2016. There follows a list of the overnight accommodation I booked and stayed in. Be aware that good early booking is recommended for the duration of this excellent walk.
14/04. Best-Foot-Forward B&B in Milngavie, evening prior to starting the WHW. £35pppn. Excellent.
15/04. Kip-in-the-Kirk bunkroom in Drymen. £30pppn includes tea and scones on arrival and continental breakfast before departure.
16/04. Rowardennan Youth Hostel. Quality accommodation. £27pppn.
17/04. Camping cabin at Beinglas Farm. £15pppn. Cosy with most facilities. Good value.
18/04. Stance Cottage B&B, Bridge of Orchy. £42-50pppn. Little choice since bunkhouse at hotel closed. Expensive but different!!
19/04. Kingshouse Hotel. The ONLY place to stay. £40pppn but what views (in good weather.) Excellent breakfast included.
20/04  Blackwater Lodge, Kinlochleven. £18pppn. Good facilities and handy for local amenities.
21/04. Bank Street Lodge, Fort William. Good facilities in the centre of Fort William. £31-50pppn. An ideal place to relax and enjoy    the satisfaction of completing your 96-mile hike  Smiley.  

Anyone requiring further information please feel free to contact me.              

 on: April 24, 2016, 11:33:48 am 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
As promised here is the updated Good Beer Guide to the West Highland Way as of April 2016.

14/04/16 - Talbot Arms, Milngavie. Provenance 'Bruges'. 4.3%
                                                  Jaw Brew 'Drop'. 4.2%

15/04/16 - Beech Tree (on the WHW) all keg beer.
                Drymen Inn, Drymen.   Belhaven 'Golden Bay'. 3.8%
                Clachan Inn, Drymen.   Greene King 'Old Speckled Hen' 4.5%
                Ptarmigan Bar, Winnock Hotel, Drymen. 2 handpulls, sadly neither in use  Sad.

16/04/16 - Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha. Belhaven IPA, 2 x Loch Lomond brewery beers.
                Rowardennan Hotel. Still all keg beer.
                Rowardennan Youth Hostel. Traditional ales in bottles including selection from Fyne Ales.

17/04/16 - Inversnaid Hotel. More Fyne Ales in bottles.
                Drovers Arms, Inverarnan. Deuchars IPA. 3.8%. £3-90 a pint. (An increase of only 10 pence in 5 years!!)

18/04/16 - Bridge of Orchy Hotel. Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted. 3.8%
                                                Harviestoun Haggis Hunter. 4.1%  Both £3.80 a pint.

19/04/16 - Kingshouse Hotel. Cairngorm Trade Winds. 4.2%. £3-70 a pint
                                           Timothy Taylor Landlord. 4.2%. £3-80 a pint.

20/04/16 - Kinlochleven. Bothan Bar, River Leven Brewery Tap, only open Thursday to Saturday.
                                    Macdonald Hotel, Bothy Bar. Cairngorm Trade Winds.
                                                                              Cairngorm Wildcat. Both £3-20 a pint
                                                                              River Leven beers in bottles.
                                    Highland Getaway Inn.          River Leven Blonde and Dark in bottles. £4-40 each.

21/04/16 - Fort William. The Great Glen (Wetherspoons). Oban Bay - Skinny Blonde
                                                                                  Strathaven - Great Glen
                                                                                  Orkney - Northern Light
                                                                                  Blackwolf - William Wallace.
Sadly time did not permit me to visit the Grog and Gruel or the Cobbs Bar at Nevisport to examine their beer portfolios. I have every confidence that they will both have an interesting selection for the weary and thirsty traveller.
So there you have it. A long and tiring walk made bearable by the many and various opportunities to sample beers from breweries large and small, for the length of this fantastic trail. Enjoy.

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