Planning & Preparation
After our completion of the Cumbria Way last year we decided to do another walk marking the beginning of our maturity of adulthood (65). Originally we were going to walk St Oswald’s Way but we couldn’t stay as a team as Margaret (Magellan) was already committed to another walk so Steve & I decided to go for the West Highland Way. We had thought about training plans, getting together and doing strengthening walks; unfortunately it didn’t happen.
Training was left quite late for both Steve & myself. I started training about two months prior and Steve was able to do some walking at weekends and when on holiday.
I completed some walks over Long Mynd, Shropshire and I then decided I would do my old training walk to Kidderminster, approximately 10 miles. This inspired me as I didn’t feel unfit but more training was due, so I walked from Bewdley to Bridgnorth following the River Severn a distance of approximately 15 miles. The good thing about this walk is there are not any beasties (cows) to bother me as they make me feel uncomfortable.
Another training walk we did was the Magnalonga Walk in Ludlow a week before the WHW. This was done as a family outing as our wives and friends came along on a 9 mile walk around the Ludlow countryside which was a splendid day out.
The West Highland Way Route
Pre Start Stourbridge to Glasgow (Milngavie) 304 miles
Day 1 Milngavie to Drymen 12 miles
Day 2 Drymen to Rowendennan 15 miles
Day 3 Rowendennan to Inverarnan 13miles
Day 4 Inverarnan to Tyndrum 12 miles
Day 5 Tyndrum to Inveroran 10 miles
Day 6 Inveroran to Kingshouse 10 miles
Day 7 Kinghouse to Kinlochleven 9 miles
Day 8 Kinlochleven to Fort William 16 miles
Home to Glasgow, (Milngavie)
We travelled from home to Wolverhampton railway station ready for our journey. As we arrived we noticed crowds of people with tents and sleeping bags etc. We realised they were going to the V festival and as we were waiting we noticed a Virgin Train rep handing out sunglasses to everyone going to the festival. With a little persuasion and a chat we were the proud owners of sunglasses which we thought would be of benefit on our walk as we had failed to bring our own from home.
The train was on time and the journey to Glasgow Central was impressive as the journey was smooth and quiet. At Glasgow Central we bought tickets for the onward journey to Milngavie (pronounced Mullguy). As we arrived in Milngavie the heavens opened but luckily the heavy downpour only lasted a few minutes. It was then onwards to find our overnight accommodation, which was not too far away.
After leaving our luggage at the hotel we ventured into town
to find the starting point of the West Highland Way, which we found quite easily. We meandered around the town for some last minute shopping and light refreshment at a local hostelry before heading back to our hotel for an evening meal and a pint or two before retiring for the night. Steve had developed a cough so had a restless night.