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Itineraries and Direction
Contents List | Introduction | About the West Highland Way | When to go | Itineraries and Direction | Minimum Impact Walking | Sample route guide: Rowardennan to Inversnaid | A new way to end the Way | Stage map and profile: Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse
Walkers are individuals. Some like to cover large distances as quickly as possible, others are happy to stroll along stopping whenever the fancy takes them. You may want to walk the West Highland Way all in one go, tackle it over a series of weekends or use the trail for linear day walks; the choice is yours. To accommodate these differences this guidebook has not been divided into rigid daily stages which often leads to a fixed mindset of how you should walk. Instead, it’s been designed to make it easy for you to plan your own perfect itinerary.
The overview map and stage maps (see end of the book) and table of village and town facilities (opposite) summarise the essential information.
Alternatively, to make it even easier, have a look at the suggested itineraries (see p32) and simply choose your preferred type of accommodation and speed of walking.
There are also suggestions on p34 for those who want to experience the best of the trail over a day or a weekend. The public transport map and table on pp44-8 may also be useful at this stage.
Having made a rough plan, turn to Part 5, where you will find summaries of the route; full descriptions of accommodation, places to eat and other services in each village and town; as well as detailed trail maps.
Most walkers find the lure of the Highlands, and Ben Nevis in particular, more appealing than the suburbs of Glasgow so walk the Way south to north. This traditional northern direction of travel has been followed in the layout of this book. There are other practical reasons for heading north rather than south; the prevailing wind and rain (south-westerly) is behind you, as is the sun, and the gentler walking is at the start giving you time to warm up before tackling the steeper climbs of the last few days.
That said, there is no reason why you shouldn’t walk in the other direction, especially if just tackling a part of the Way. The maps in Part 5 give timings for both directions and, as route-finding instructions are on the maps rather than in blocks of text, it is straightforward using this guide back to front.
- Contents List
- About the West Highland Way
- When to go
- Itineraries and Direction
- Minimum Impact Walking
- Sample route guide: Rowardennan to Inversnaid
- A new way to end the Way
- Stage map and profile: Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse
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