The canal path we followed for part of the way to Alsager A lovely old village church on the way to Market Drayton Norton In Hales – Shropshire\’s best kept village. See what you think Views of the best kept village in Shropshire: what do you think? Norton in Hales in bloom Norton in Hale in bloom Some of the gardens were rather lovely Ternhill guest house at Market Drayton was rather lovely with this beautiful garden Ternhill Guest House
The river Esk, on the way to Talkin Views around the beautiful hamlet of Talkin A beautiful river walk to Little Salkeld Views of the river walk to Little Salkeld Views on the road to Shap The Yorkshire Dales The Yorkshire Dales Views on the road to Sedberg Views on the road to Sedberg Views on the road to Sedberg views on the road to Sedberg Vews on the road to Sedberg Views on the road to Sedberg Views on the road to Sedberg Sedberg Views on the road to Kirkby Lonsdale
Here are the final pictures from Scotland. It is clear to see that the Highlands have been left behind as we move into more rural and cultivated pastures. Road walking was not much fun, but the scenery was still rather pleasant.
Here is the remainder of the West Highland Way. This part of the walk took us up through the Trussochs, along the beautiful banks of Loch Lomond, over Conic Hill and into Mingavie, this being the start of the WHW for most, but for me it marked the end. It was quite a sad day to finish this beautiful walk through the beautiful mountains of the Scottish highlands. Challenges came in their many with hills, rain, bursting waterfalls and the subsequent wet and slippery banks of the loch. Each of these challenges were embraced to their full as with each step I became stronger and more confident in my ability and self belief, and seriously, how could you focus on the challenge when immersed in such beauty?
The West Highland Way was a treat to behold. Never before have I walked in a place of such total isolation. Because we were walking the path backwards, by 4pm there was not another sole to be seen. The solitude and peace were breath taking. At times I had no phone signal, no GPS and no 3G. Terrifying at first: to be so alone, and once I came to terms with this it was a joy. The Drovers Inn was beautifully unspoilt and when I arrived here I was soaked to the skin. It took 2 days to dry my clothes out! This was the only really wet day of the whole walk and what a beautiful place for it to occur. The waterfalls gave the sound of thunder as we wound our way through to wooded mountains. Stunning:)
Yes, I’ve been home for just over 4 weeks now and feel that an update may be appreciated by my followers 🙂
Wow, what an experience! yes I am home yet still my mind is somewhere else. With my primary focus being on walking for 9 weeks, it is not easy to settle back into normality: whatever that may be. As my feet were very bruised and sore they are still recovering also, and having seen the foot care lady, Lorna, this week, she assures me that I am not advised to walk at this stage. I did try a 7-8 mile walk last week and my right foot swelled 🙁 this is apparently due to them still not being happy. All is well though, as I have now bought a bike – YAY! Having rediscovered my love of cycling whilst on a rest day in Wadebridge it seemed like the obvious answer so yes, I am the proud owner of a Raleigh mountain bike and even went for a short ride today and it was lovely.
Hopefully my feet will soon be fully fit for some walking, and to help them on their way I shall treat them to a beach holiday in Sham el Shake, Egypt. (not sure how you spell that?!) Fingers crossed we will be allowed to travel there. Just what my feet and husband need I feel. Yes, my husband and family are very pleased to have me home which is wonderful. It really is nice to know that you have been missed as much as I clearly have; thank you all.
Now I have the bug: the long distance walking bug, and everywhere I look I am seeking out my next opportunity, 2 of which have presented very nicely. The light wake walk in Yorkshire is a 40 miler in one day for next year, and the South West Coastal Path in 2 years time taking in up to 800 miles of the finest coast Britain has to offer. I had hoped to do the Ridgeway Path this year but it seems Mark and my feet have other ideas:) hmmm, where there’s a will there’s a way?!
I continue to sort and publish the photos from the walk and have so far completed to the end of the Great Glen Way which was day 11. Next to come will be the West Highland Way with the sun and the rain and the waterfalls that sound like thunder. Hopefully you will enjoy viewing them as much as I did taking them 🙂
We only walked part of the Great Glen Way, from Drumnadrochit to Corpach(Fort William). This amounted to approximately 50 miles which we covered in 2 days. Probably the toughest 2 days of the walk. The scenes were stunning and it was a relatively easy walk, being mainly paths. These pictures are just a snapshot in time of 2 days of being enveloped in this majestic scenery. A ‘must do’ walk for anyone and everyone.
Here are some of my considered ‘best pictures’ during the days of walking through from John O’Groats to Drumnadrochit. This was our first rest day which is at the foot of Loch Ness, and took in approximately 134 miles over a period
of 8 days.