As I only decided to walk the West Highland Way two weeks ago, I enlisted the help of Patrick. His draft itinerary suggested stopping in Drymen at the end of Day 1, Rowardennan at the end of Day 2, and Inverarnan at the end of Day 3, stages of 12, 14 and 14 miles respectively.
Unfortunately, it’s still fairly busy time of year, so Drymen became Killearn and Rowardennan became Balmaha. What that’s meant is two very relaxed days to start with… and a whopping 21 miles on the books for tomorrow.
Today’s section was slightly more undulating than yesterday’s with several ups which I chose to walk rather than run. Underfoot was largely unremarkable, though the final few miles into Balmaha reminded me of a Lake District walk I did with my husband last year – large stones forming steps and some slightly rocky terrain.
Early on, the views were spectacular…
They were everywhere. Every plant was covered from root to tip. The dewy webs shimmered in the morning light and I tried very hard not to let my imagination run riot. “What would happen”, I wondered, “if you brushed against a bush?” Visions of spiders swarming out of their webs towards the intruder flitted through my mind. Fortunately they were banished by the rather more prosaic sight of some walkers heading off into the bushes to relieve themselves, and shortly after that, I started passing a number of walkers I’d seen yesterday (and will no doubt see again tomorrow).
By the time I reached Conic Hill “The ascent … gives walkers the first real taste of Highland country. The path does not cross the summit, but contours round the north side. On clear days it is worth scrambling the last few feet to enjoy the magnificent views.”
… the mist had begun to lift, so I opted for the scramble. I was rewarded with a cairn …
It’s very important to recover – I’ve a long day ahead of me tomorrow!