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Has anyone walked the West Highland Way?

I've (somewhat foolishly, I expect) agreed to take part in a works team doing the Caledonian Challenge*. I'm taking the place of someone who dropped out, so I've only got 6 weeks or so to prepare.

Has anyone done the WHW? I'm just curious about what to expect in terms of altitude, terrain etc. Specifically the stretch between Fort William and Tyndrum.

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*Caley Challenge involves walking from Gairlochy (about 10miles north of Ft William) to somewhere between Tyndrum and Crianlarich along the West highland Way. 54 miles - in 24 hours....
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Re: Has anyone walked the West Highland Way?

I have - but it was 20 years ago. It was actually one of the easiest long distance walks I've done. Despite the mountains either side of you the gradients of the Way itself are quite mild. Apart from the climb out of Kinlochleven and the Devil's Staircase it's all pretty easy and because it mostly follows an old military road the path is good (or it was when I did it). I wouldn't fancy doing 54 miles in 24 hours, though! I was backpacking and did it in 5 days from Glasgow to Fort William - that was fast enough for me!

Have fun, it's a great walk through some breathtaking scenery. Although if you're doing 54 miles in 24 hours you might not notice the scenery much.
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Re: Has anyone walked the West Highland Way?

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*Caley Challenge involves walking from Gairlochy (about 10miles north of Ft William) to somewhere between Tyndrum and Crianlarich along the West highland Way. 54 miles - in 24 hours....
Mike,
I've only walked the start of it from Milngavie north for about 10 miles. That part the path is really good.
Look on the bright side your walking the wrong way - your going downhill
Best of luck with the challenge - is it for charity?
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Re: Has anyone walked the West Highland Way?

Thanks Roger, that puts my mind at ease a little.

Jamie – I've seen the route profile and it doesn't look all downhill!

I believe it is for charity, but I really don't know much about it, people just keep telling me not to worry about things!

Don't want to carry much, but I'll have to try and squeeze a camera in my bag.
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Re: Has anyone walked the West Highland Way?

I walked it 30 years ago. It was very beautiful and relatively easy going. I don't expect it has changed much.
It would be nice to see some pics.
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Re: Has anyone walked the West Highland Way?

You're doing the hilly bit. It should be good underfoot all the way.
As Cariadus says its relatively easy going.
Bit of a waste slogging through all that first class scenery without stopping to photograph it.
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