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 Post subject: Our very Long Distance Walk
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:37 am 
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All is booked for this walking extravaganza so here is our plan.
May 1 we fly to Glasgow to meet the friends who will be walking with us on the Hadrian's Wall portion. Lucky for us we can stay with them so we can look around Glasgow before we start off.

May 5 - drive to Wallsend via Bowness on Solway to leave a car there
May 6 - Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall
May 7 - Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford
May 8 - Chollerford to Steel Rigg
May 9 - Steel Rigg to Greenhead
May 10 - Greenhead to Walton
May 11 - Walton to Carlisle
May 12 - Carlisle to Bowness on Solway
May 13 - retrieve car from Wallsend, go back to Glasgow
May 14 - Milngavie to Drymen
May 15 - Drymen to Rowardennan
May 16 - Rowardennan to Inverarnan
May 17 - Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy
May 18 - Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse
May 19 - Kingshouse to Kinlochleven
May 20 - Kinlochleven to Fort William
May 21, 22 - stay in Fort William, hoping to climb Ben Nevis
May 23 - Start Great Glen Way, walk to South Laggan
May 24 - South Laggan to Invermoriston
May 25 - Invermortison to Drumnadrochit
May 26 - Drumnadrochit to Inverness
May 27 - train to Aviemore, walk to Boat of Garten
May 28 - day in Boat of Garten to go birding
May 29 - Boat of Garten to Cromdale
May 30 - Cromdale to Aberlour
May 31 - Aberlour to Fochabers
June 1- Fochabers to Buckie
June 2 - undecided
June 6 - flight home to Canada

I haven't listed any of the accommodations but if anyone wants to know I can post the list. Cheers.

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 Post subject: Re: Our very Long Distance Walk
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:59 am 
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WOW!
Very envious - having a month to walk some of the best paths in the UK :)
The only section I'm not familiar with is the few days after the Great Glen Way (from Boat of Garten), is that a recognised path or something you pieced together from maps?

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 Post subject: Re: Our very Long Distance Walk
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:22 pm 
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LW -
you're not a malt whisky man, then?


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 Post subject: Re: Our very Long Distance Walk
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:28 pm 
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As a matter of fact I am - love my Whisky, but other than Talisker and Glencoyne I couldn't tell you where any of the distilleries were. I presume that section is a distillery walk then?

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 Post subject: Re: Our very Long Distance Walk
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:19 pm 
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Leaving Aviemore we will be walking on the Speyside Way, which basically follows the Spey River through whiskey country. Should be interesting as neither of us drink whiskey but I'm sure we will sample some along the way. As for the time off, it's a retirement present to myself and a semi-retirement present for my husband. We're also interested in finding out what it's like to be away from home for 5 weeks. Who knows what we will concoct for 2013 if this trip works out :D

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 Post subject: Re: Our very Long Distance Walk
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:01 am 
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Sounds like you have had a lot of fun planning this trip, with a lot of varied adventures. Try not to miss climbing Ben Nevis, it's a good day out.

I'll be finishing up my 2012 walk about the time you are setting out; will post my schedule soon. My wife will be in Vancouver in April to do storytelling with your local storytelling group - it's an annual thing for her.

All the best to you.

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 Post subject: Re: Our very Long Distance Walk
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:56 pm 
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Looks like it is going to be an epic walk! Congrats on managing to get such a mammoth itenerary sorted out in such good time.

Would be very interested to hear about your experience after you cross the finish line.

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 Post subject: Re: Our very Long Distance Walk
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:35 pm 
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Yes, I did have a lot of fun and some frustration doing all the bookings but now that it's all in place I realize just how simple it was compared to years ago when the internet was not used widely. We will be trying to update our website http://www.westcoasthikers.wordpress.com as we go along, time and wi-fi permitting.

Gregg, I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures after we get back.

Take care and happy hiking everyone :D

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 Post subject: Re: Our very Long Distance Walk
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:00 pm 
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If your itinerary and time allows (and even if you are not that "into" whiskey/whisky), you might consider stopping at the Glengoyne Distillery -- a few miles outside Glasgow and just a short and straightforward right-hand turn off the WHW. It's located in an idyllic spot on the Highland Line. It is unique in that produces Highland single malt whisky matured in the Lowlands. If you've developed a taste for the drink by then you'll appreciate the contrast with the Speyside whiskies from earlier in your journey. Sounds like a grand walk indeed! Safe travels. TJ


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 Post subject: Re: Our very Long Distance Walk
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:27 pm 
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Very interesting and very envious.

I wish you well with the journey and the weather especially early May. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:16 pm 
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I'm sure our time will allow us to stop at the Glengoyne Distillery even if only to buy some of their Single Malt Whiskey Fudge that I checked out on their website. Whether we will take a tour remains to be seen.
I'm hoping that May will be a good time to do our walks. We did the C2C in May a few years ago and had lovely weather so I'm hoping for a repeat of those conditions :D

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