We walked the WHW in 3 days!

It was a long three days walking the West Highland Way between Saturday 4th May to Monday 6th May. We’d walked it in a comfortable 5 days last year and we wanted a challenge this year.

The first day was good, the weather was ok, with only a bit of drizzle towards the end of a 9 hour day.

Then followed one and a half days from hell. I can honestly say, running a marathon is WAY easier than walking for 12 hours in pishy weather.

I opted for trail trainers and gaiters for the first day, which were fine.
Trail trainers and gaiters for the second day, which got soaked through (and are still drying off – three days later!)
And walking boots for the last day.

Anyway, here’s a summary of how we got on walking the WHW in three days:

Day 1 – Milngavie – Rowardennan
Left Milngavie at just before 7am.
27.15M and 8:38 later we got to Rowardennan.

Feet were sore from about 7 hrs in.
Met Tilly the puppy and Timber the dog.

Felt great when we got to Rowardennan. The weather had been good up to about Conic Hill, then it got a little bit rainy.

Ate food every 2 hrs:
bagel n peanut butter.
nutrigrain bar.
Lunch for 20 mins at Balmaha
Chicken roll and kettle crisps.
400mls mars bar milkshake.
Burger for dinner

Day 2 – Rowardennan to Bridge of Orchy
Left Rowardennan at around 8am after a good cooked breakfast.
Feet were sore from about 6 hrs in and numb from about 9 hrs in.

We met a lovely dog called Rosie and overtook a load of foreign tourists who were hiking past Inversnaid to see Rob Roy’s cave.

Weather was ok up Loch Lomond, then around 6 hrs in the rain started. You couldn’t really see any of the amazing scenery, that along with us getting wetter and wetter the longer we were out, really took it out of us.

10hrs in we were at Tyndrum with about 6 miles to go. And we ploughed on ahead along the military road.

Finished 12hrs after we started, 34 miles. Soaked through. 😦 and not too pleased!

Feet were soaked through, and were killing me. Sore from time on my feet. Only two blisters, one on my left heel (sore) and one on the ball of my left foot (ok). In actual fact they’re in pretty good shape after the walk – they just need a bit of rest and tlc I think.

Had to try to dry everything for the next day (of wind and rain!).

Ate food every two hours:
Nutrigrain bar
Bagel n peanut butter
1/2 Sandwich
Mars bar
Nuts
1/2 Sandwich

(Sorry – pic of feet!!)

Day 3: Bridge of Orchy to Fort William
Left Bridge of Orchy at around 8am after a good cooked breakfast.
35.95 miles in 12 hrs.
Fort William at just after 8pm.
Rain, drizzle, wind.
Head down most of the way to get it over with! Damn weather!
It was hard to keep the spirits up, but we managed, just.

Ate food every two hours:
Nutrigrain bar
Banana
Bagel n peanut butter
a Sandwich
Snickers bar
Nuts

After day 2 the camera only worked on and off. Now it turns on and you can view the photos but I’ve not been able to download them yet. So it may be water damaged. Arg. The photos on here are ones I’ve taken with my phone and the ones here are taken with the camera.

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The last time we walked the WHW, Glencoe was a washout and it was the part I really wanted to see on good weather this time. So one day we will, we’ll do the stretch from Bridge of Orchy or Kingshouse to Fort William one more time – but we’ll make sure we go when the weather is amazing so we can see it all!

96 miles in around 33 hours of walking.

People say marathons are hard, but the weather made our walk the hardest thing we’ve ever done. 10hrs into day 2 and it was the hardest thing I’d ever done. It was meant to be a challenge though, and I’m sure it would have been easier if the weather was nice.

The kick in the teeth was the scorcher of a day we had for the train trip back on the Tuesday! 20’C, sun and blue skies! It was nice to see where we’d walked but it would have been much better if it had been that weather on the whole walk.

I think I used up all of my super powers over the course of the walk and I’m and I’ve got some time off work to recover. My feet aren’t quite right, and I’m tired, so I’m going to do the bare minimum: run with Kaizen Run Club, rest, and if I fancy doing any exercise I’ll swim (I got plenty of practice on days 2 & 3!). Then it’s the women’s 10k on Sunday which I’m looking forward to pacing for.

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