Introduction & planning
After completing the Dales Way in 2016, Steve and I talked about a walk for the following year (2017). I had looked at the Great Glen Way on various YouTube videos and, upon discussion with Steve, he found it appealing.
He spoke to Lynn, (who was unable to walk with us last year) who said he was interested in doing the walk and the next I heard was that Steve’s brother Derek also wished to join us.
After checking out the itinerary with Macs Adventure and sharing the information, everyone agreed to do the walk. It was pointed out to all, via Steve, that the last day of the walk was 20 miles, therefore lots of practice training walks were essential and should be part of each individual training plan.
Derek and Lynn were left to their own devices as they live in different parts of the country, whereas Steve and I had training days together as we live in the same town.
Our training walks consisted of building up our performance and endurance knowing we had a walk of 20miles on one day. We had a couple of walks over Long Mynd in Shropshire (8miles), we walked the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire (7miles), then stretched it out to walk from home to Kidderminster, Worcestershire (10miles). We did this a few times, on each occasion starting at different points till eventually we could walk to Kidderminster and back (20 miles).
Then, as luck would have it, Dudley Council organised the annual “Dudley Trail”, consisting of 1,6,9,12,20 & 28 mile walks. We chose the 20 miles walk, following the route around the canal system and historical places of the Black Country. By doing all this practice walking we found our pace had improved from 2.5 mph to 3 / 3.5 mph.
Whilst all this training was happening, Steve organized the train tickets from Wolverhampton to Glasgow, then on to Fort William. Once booked he then organized the returns from Inverness to Glasgow to Wolverhampton.
We were now ready for the Great Glen Way. Whilst we were training, Steve had been in touch from time to time with Lynn & Derek to enquire of their progress; they had been doing very well with a lot of training walks and were also ready.
It was now down to Lynn & Derek to make their way to the Midlands so that we could all set off together on the 17th May.
Normally after a long distance walk Steve & I end it with a celebratory meal, but this time, as Lynn & Derek had plans to return home the day after the end of walk, we decided to have a curry the night before travelling. This could have been risky, but fortunately everyone was fine.
1st Day Fort William to Gairlochy 14miles
2nd Day Gairlochy to Laggan Locks 15 mile
3rd Day Laggan Locks to Fort Augustus 10 miles
4th Day Fort Augustus to Invermoriston 8 miles
5th Day Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit 15 miles
6th Day Drumnadrochit to Inverness 20 miles