Sunday, 24 July 2011

The West Highland Way Day 11

Kinlochleven to Fort William - The last day

Getting out of Kinlochleven means a hard climb uphill through forest, but once you are out of it and at hight again you can look back at Tje town you just left and the way you came beyond it.

From this vantage point you can also see Loch Leven stretching away.

The way levels out for a good few miles afterwards, we took the opportunity to have a coffee and a rest here, though the midges had other ideas...

As you can see the path was laid out to the ends of the earth for us here.

After the reasonably level stretch which went on for quite a few miles we turned around and saw this little loch in the distance, must find out it's name.

We have our first glimpse of Ben Nevis, again like Kinlochleven this is deceptive, it took us quite some time and miles to actually reach it.

We had to go through some forest first and a welcome relief to constant openess, at least for a little while.

This little stretch had a carpet of clover running down both sides of it, it stretched well into the trees, here's a close up :-)

We kept walking until, suddenly, total forest devastation... We promptly stopped and had lunch.

Getting to the top of that stretch it was apparent the winds had done their deeds again...

Once past this point the forest track turned into a forest road and we knew we were on the last leg of the journey, as we continued we turned a corner and were rewarded with this view of Ben Nevis.

The walk down to Fort William gave my feet a good pounding (it's taken two day for them to recover slightly) we got a photo at the original end of the way.

And also at the new end of the way the very next day before catching the train back to Glasgow.

Here is Fort William town centre.

I go now to put my feet up for a good bit, must remember to get new insoles for my boots...

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