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 on: September 13, 2013, 11:17:38 am 
Started by Jack - Last post by Jack
Hi Buggiba
Thank you for the information, I will almost certainly be walking the WHW next year.  Grin

 on: September 12, 2013, 08:52:11 pm 
Started by Jack - Last post by Buggiba
Hi Jack,

The way-marking on the WHW is very good and it is probably possible to walk the route without a map. I would, however, recommend taking the Rucksack Reader for the info it contains and also the Footprint map, as it breaks the whole thing down in to 1 mile at a time and a day-by-day basis. Only you can decide.

 on: September 12, 2013, 03:30:47 pm 
Started by Jack - Last post by Jack
Hi to everyone.
I'm hoping to undertake the WHW next year as one of my LDW trips. How difficult is the navigation along the route, is the way marking clear and precise and easy to follow. I've been told that it can almost be undertaken without maps because the way marking is so good. However, I find that hard to believe, all information gratefully received!!! Wink

 on: July 29, 2013, 04:58:13 pm 
Started by Jacquetta - Last post by Jacquetta
We list the Dales Way Association under Links on our website page and its site is worth checking before you set off. Note that their route updates page currently does not list the important Watershed Alternative, which you can also download from here. Also, beware of the date: the update listed as 2013 was in fact changed many years ago so for most people it isn't an update. If you have our 2011 guidebook, we think the only update you need to know about is the Watershed Alternative, which was announced after our guidebook was published: download the PDF.

The highly recommended alternative route from Cam Houses into Upper Dentdale is in two sections: you can opt to walk either or both.

The section from Cam Houses to Newby Head is 1.5 miles shorter than the official route and after a short climb offers fine views most of the way, in addition to saving time/distance. The second section, from Newby Head to Arten Gill or Lea Yeat is about 2.5 miles longer than the main-road official route, but is largely traffic-free along an old drove road. It greatly reduces the on-road walking, takes you to a higher point (550 m/1805 ft) than the official route and offers wonderful views down Dentdale, framed by the fells.

If you do both sections of the alternative route, it would add about a mile (half an hour) to your total walking time, with great benefits in terms of quality.

These options will be added to the foot of page 41 once we reach a new edition.

 on: June 25, 2013, 09:14:31 am 
Started by Louise - Last post by Jacquetta
At last, the Footprint map has appeared – at a new scale (1:40,000) and at a new price (£9.50). Compared with previous Footprint maps, this is slightly more detailed and more spacious. It has all-over relief colouring with contours at 10-m intervals; it shows altitude profiles for each section as well as the whole route, and it features text boxes that clarify points along the route. Once you've got used to reading each text box from the bottom up, these are helpful and much clearer than the old, scattered route notes. And it still features the familiar Footprint mileage blobs along the route line which seem to be popular with walkers, even those who normally think in km. It also devotes two panels to an overview map at 1:275,000 which shows a useful level of detail, as well as letting you locate each panel.

Compared with other Footprint maps at £5.95, many will baulk at the 60% price hike, albeit arguably Footprint maps have been underpriced for years. The only competition is the Harvey route map at £12.95: it is at the same scale, is printed single-sided and is taller again when folded (24 cm tall cf Footprint's 22.5 cm but formerly 21 cm). People may differ about which is easier to use in practice: personally I find the highlighted route line in Footprint easier to follow and I like its new features such as altitude profiles.

And whether you pay £9.50 or £12.95, either of these route maps beats the pre-2012 situation where you had to buy 4 Explorers at £7.95 each! It's just a pity we had to wait over a decade for a route map, and then two come along in quick succession. But we welcome the fact that walkers now have a choice.

 on: June 20, 2013, 02:05:26 pm 
Started by Mason - Last post by Mason
Now on VisitScotland if you want to have a look.


 on: June 16, 2013, 08:54:06 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
The 'Great Glen', Wetherspoons new hostelry in Fort William, is now open. Located on the High Street and only yards from the 'new' end of the WHW and beginning of the EHW. The manager previously managed the company's establishment at Glasgow Airport.

 on: June 11, 2013, 06:54:35 pm 
Started by Mason - Last post by Buggiba
Hi Mason, I'm glad you enjoyed Knoydart. The bothy was a bit basic but the 'Stables' where I stayed was a bit more upmarket Wink.
We walked it the opposite way to you, from Inverie to Kinlochhourn and it rained the whole way Angry. On arrival at Kinlochhourn we then had a 100-mile drive to Mallaig to collect the other car. Certainly a lonely a desolate stroll to take on on your own. Well done.

 on: June 03, 2013, 08:26:12 am 
Started by Mason - Last post by Mason
Thank you Buggiba and Jacquetta!

I have not been on this site for a very long time. I did walk from The Eagle Barge Inn along the Great Glen Way to Inverie in summer 2012. It was in every essence spectacular and i really enjoyed walking along Loch Garry and Loch Quoich. This is UK longest dead end road but i liked picking chantarelles along the way and it was desolate, lonely and just what i like when walking. The scenic view from the last bride along Loch Quoich was amazing as the last walk down to Kinlochhourn Farm where i had some food. I walked to Barrisdale and slept in the bothy. Me and another walker made food, boiled water that we cooled down in the burn outside... Woke up around 5 and started walking up the mountains and saw loads and loads of red deer. Had about a dozen bites from horseflies, that got to my mood, but as i reached the peak, it had started raining vertical nails, and with that wind on the top, all horseflies on Knoydart must have died instantly. Then it was a nice and smooth walk down to Inverie and it was stunning to see and walk along the Loch an Dubh Lochain. Alone in the world. This is not my picture but this is part of the reward:


I have not yet decided where to walk this summer, but it might be WHW again with my gf.



 on: April 10, 2013, 06:47:16 pm 
Started by Mason - Last post by Jacquetta
We tried to sleep in Sourlie's Bothy but the mice drove us out
Great to have your input, DezHowl, but is this for real? Are these are killer mice on steroids or timid hikers? Cheesy

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