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Ashley Heeley's West Highland Way Diary
Day 7

Day 7 - Kinlochleven to Fort William - 14.5 miles - The end or is it?

After yesterdays very wet day we hoped that today would bring less water. After a jolly good night last everybody including team Paraffin, team taxi and team beer were all reunited for the last big push.

Before the events of the day however a quick word about the snoring and breakfast, as I know you all hanging on for an update. Well the snoring was the best ever. Yay. As for breakfast it had great potential. There was porridge for the second day running and kippers but although the porridge was very nice the kippers were cold and the poached egg was over done. A great shame and only a 6.

Sign out of Kinlochleven
Sign out of Kinlochleven

The day started with a long climb out of Kinlochleven and after about 2 yards it started to rain. Thankfully it didn't last and although it was hard work the views over the loch and the town were quite stunning. After posing for photos at the top we moved on and the path took us down a valley and round the mountains giving us some fantastic wild, bleak highland scenery. The hardest bit came when most of the walk was done and we were walking in pine forest. We thought we would be walking down into Glen Nevis but there was a steep and sustained climb which was hard work. Now I had about 3 layers on still and decided at the top to divest 2 of them. Apparently steam was billowing off me, which provided much amusement to all. We started getting some great views of Ben Nevis and the cloud was clearing the top. Click here to see me steaming

We went into Fort William for a few jars and a celebratory meal chatting to some we had seen on route. I will give you some final thoughts later.

Tomorrow we will try and do Ben Nevis after which we will have a final celebration. I'll keep you posted.
 

Photos from Day 7

Christophe climbs out of Kinlochleven
Christophe climbs out of Kinlochleven

View looking over to Beinn na Caillich
View looking over to Beinn na Caillich

Looking down onto Kinlochleven
Looking down onto Kinlochleven

Teams Beer, taxi and parafin reunited at top of climb out of Kinlochleven
Teams Beer, taxi and parafin reunited at top of climb out of Kinlochleven, (from left to right, matt, me, Bruce, Dale, Mike, Hilary, John, James, Christophe and Karen. (Note Hilary's trainers as she thought walking boots were uncool until she fell over for the 10th time!! These youngsters eh!)
 

View on route to Fort William
View on route to Fort William

Waterfall
Waterfall

First view of Ben Nevis (in cloud)
First view of Ben Nevis (in cloud)

Ben Nevis clear
Ben Nevis clear

The end post
The end post

Yay we did it (teams beer and taxi)
Yay we did it (teams beer and taxi)
 

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