Walk diary

I started the route proper on 6th July 2013 at 11am. I'm adding to this diary as the walk progresses.

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19th May 2016

I reached Crianlarich yesterday evening, and, slightly damp, have been relaxing at the youth hostel.

After a week of mainly sunshine, Tuesday rained from 13:30 until 04:00 the next morning - without interruption, I think, although I slept through some of it. I camped quite high, at the col between Ben Lui and Ben Oss, immersed in the fog. Wednesday was somewhat better, but still misty above 600m, but the ground was sodden by then - so my feet were too.

Still, a successful 9 days hike. Another 150km done, a few bonus summits climbed, some lovely views had, and my knees held up (though not without a few minor complaints).

2016/05/19 09:31 · David Edgar · 0 Comments

7th May 2018

I arrived back in Crianlarich on Saturday for part 3, and started with a warm-up day doing Ben More and Stob Binnein. Rather misty on the tops, but most of the snow had gone. Then after getting back to town, I continued just a little along the watershed in the evening, making it up above the trees. Five Munros yesterday (one a bonus one, not quite on the watershed) made for a tiring but short (in distance) day. Largely kind weather, in and out of the cloud on the summits. Currently stopped for a break above the north end of Loch Lomond. A circuitous route should line me up for Ben Lomond tomorrow, all being well.

2018/05/07 12:27 · David Edgar · 1 Comment

8th May 2018

A damp grey day has finally cleared up… and I'm over Ben Lomond, and within reach of the Highland Boundary Fault. (I can see the islands marking its route across Loch Lomond from where I'm sitting.)

2018/05/08 18:52 · David Edgar · 0 Comments

9th May 2018

It's drizzled all day, and felt pretty cold with the wind too. Currently taking shelter in Balfron's pub-turned-Indian-restaurant. The forecast is a little better for the next few days, fortunately. Into the hills again tomorrow (initially the Fintry Hills, east of the Campsies proper).

2018/05/09 19:03 · David Edgar · 0 Comments

11th May 2018

Today has brought a few forests to navigate my way through, fire breaks or not… I'm now in the Campsies. The weather is dull, but was dry until a few minutes ago… Very wet underfoot (and indeed in-boot) for the past few days, although the sunny afternoon yesterday gave great views out as far as the Forth bridges.

2018/05/11 16:09 · David Edgar · 0 Comments

12th May 2018

Finally the warm spring sunshine has arrived! A beautiful day along the ridge and then dropping down to cross the Forth and Clyde Canal, the Antonine Wall and the M80. Made it through Cumbernauld and ready to find somewhere to camp as soon as I'm far enough out of town.

2018/05/12 20:05 · David Edgar · 0 Comments

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June 2018

8th August

Made it through the Rough Bounds, and “turned the corner” - now heading east towards the Great Glen. Not even crossed a road for 4 days, so a bit of civilisation will be welcome.

Weather's been changeable, but the ground is really sodden, resulting in wet feet every day - neither pleasant nor good for lots of mileage. Am several days behind the estimates I made at Kinlochewe…

Stayed at Kinbreack bothy last night. Two friendly couples were also staying there, from whom I gladly scrounged spare food… (Looking forward to stocking up soon.) They, like most of the other people I've talked to about it, seemed very interested in my watershed walk.

South Glen Shiel ridge very impressive… Decent views to start with before the rain set in. Didn't move from my tent the next day, the weather was so poor.

Hard work walking in the Rough Bounds, but it's an amazing place, as rough as its name suggests in terms of terrain, contours and remoteness.

Camping high on Geal Charn now, just had breakfast and about to pack up and make a move. A few tough hills to come, even though I've now done all the Munros on the watershed north of the Great Glen.


Roy, 2013/08/08 22:52

Talk about 'take a walk on the wild side'! We can only imagine perpetually sodden ground and feet. And having to spend a whole day in your tent because of the weather, realising that you're going nowhere fast, must have been so dispiriting too. Still the Great Glen is a big milestone and you now have a few hours of civilisation. Enjoy!

Richard Child, 2013/08/09 12:22

David, it was a pleasure to meet you at Kinbreack bothy. Inspired by your walk! Have checked your route and you pass within a mile of our house when you are near Stroud. Claire and I would be delighted if you would come and stay, overnight or a few days if you need to re-charge! Hope you had the clearer weather for the next 2 days after we met; we enjoyed good walks but still so wet on the ground. Congratulations on crossing the 'milestone' of the Great Glen. Richard

David Edgar, 2013/08/10 16:02

Hi Richard!

Similarly, it was great to meet you all. I hope you had a good day's walk afterwards. I'd love to stay a night when I reach the Cotswolds - that would be fantastic! Do keep following my progress and stay in touch.

Yes, it turned out quite reasonable in the couple of long days after I left Kinbreack. I did a longish 20km stretch on the first day, finishing with an unexpectedly beautiful evening, so made it through to the Great Glen by the evening of the second day without a problem.

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