Sunday 17th April 2016 – 919.28 miles
Had a lie in this morning.
Dave made me a cuppa at 7am.
He also got the fire going again so nice and cosy too. Our bothy mates, the two lads, were still asleep so we packed quietly and were away by 8.15.
Misty rain at first but there were patches of blue sky too.
We had planned to have a rest day today which means only walking 6 or 7 miles. It wasn’t long before we arrived at Beinglas Farm where there is a campsite plus a small shop, a pub and eatery. We asked for our usual pot of tea for two and they also said that we could charge our phone batteries. I was able to use the WiFi to put our blog up for yesterday too. Got chatting to Jamie our barman – he regularly goes to Thailand where he supports a children’s orphanage. They are cared for and educated and recently one of the students has been accepted to train as a nurse. He is also planning to set up a charity there called Veronica’s Volunteers (named after his mum). This is to be a group of people who will teach children in Thailand to swim – apparently many children die in drowning accidents as they are not taught to swim. We both wish you well for your future plans Jamie.
By this time the bar was filling up with people who had arrived to watch the big football match – Celtic versus Rangers. I finished uploading our blog then we got ready to leave. Jamie came to say goodbye and wished us luck for the rest of our journey.
We met Neil outside – he had camped at Beinglas overnight and, like us, was having a shorter day’s walk today. We said that we’d probably see him again.
We didn’t rejoin the WHW again straight away. Instead, we made our way to The Drovers Arms – a short walk across the river and along the road. The Drovers Arms is one of the original stopping places for drovers taking their animals to market from the highlands down to the market towns.
We found a table in a little nook with windows on three sides. Adrian served us to a pint each and we later ordered some food. So relaxing to dawdle over a meal – I had a pud as well; sticky toffee pudding and ice cream. A couple sat at the table next to us and we chatted about our walk. We asked them to write their names in our book – Allan and Orallo. Allan has walked the WHW a couple of times and he told us that the most difficult part of the walk was the one we did yesterday – phew!
We left the Drovers Arms around 3pm feeling fully rested and refreshed. It was beginning to rain as we walked back to Beinglas and onto the WHW – a track which took us through a valley then uphill to where the Ben Glas Hydroelectric Scheme is being constructed.