Sunday, 24 July 2011

The West Highland Way Day 10

Kingshouse to Kinlochleven

Today we leave the warm confines of the Kingshouse Hotel to climb the Devils Staircase. After which the trudge down the last part of the days walk makes your feet fell like they have been to Hell and back.

Looking back longingly to the hotel above, and below the enigmatic Stob Dearg part of Buachaille Etive Mor the prominent peak seen from Kingshouse.

Here we take a quick view down Glen Coe which we will not visit as we veer off to the left down another route.

It's also nice to see they recycle the old posts :-)

Below we start up the Devils Staircase, I know it doesn't look to bad from this view.

But when your half way up and you look back the way you've come...
The last photo was taken just below that clump of trees.

This is the view looking back towards Kingshouse once you have reached the top

And below is the view north, the way we are to go. Ben Nevis can be seen from here on a clear day, I'm afraid I couldn't tell you which one it is if it's visible in this photo.

The way continues in the rugged openness of the hills.

We came across some reddish moss up here, I had flashbacks to Jeff Waynes War of the Worlds...

So, no bridges? Easy, dump a few rocks across that'll do :-) I do find this ascetically pleasing mind.

The next picture had our hopes up, tucked away in the centre there, is our destination for the day, though it is still 4 or 5 miles away.

At last, the hotel, the last stretch of the walk today all but put paid to my feet, can't wait to soak them in nice hot water.

After a very nice dinner, we took a stroll outside, but not for long, the midges were at their worst all the way up. But I did manage to take this pic of Loch Leven

Up until today my feet have been fine but slightly tender, but when we finished today my toes felt like they needed an oil.

Tomorrow we finish, 16 miles to the end. It used to be 14 miles but they extended it to the other side of town to join the Great Glen Way.

Location:Clydebank,United Kingdom

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