Day 90 – Kingshouse Inn to Allt Nathrach Valley – 12.34 miles

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Wednesday 20th April 2016 – 961.33 miles
Frosty start this morning. Beautiful morning though.

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Early start today following the Old Military Road along the valley then we began climbing up a rocky path towards the Devil’s Staircase – a steep path that zigzags it’s way upwards.
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Strenuous but well worth it for the views we saw when we reached the top. We met Bradley again at a viewpoint looking across towards Ben Nevis – we took each others photos.
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The path was very uneven with loose stones making the descent very slow. The rough road led down to the hydroelectric works near Kinlochleven then easy walking along a footpath into the towm itself where we stopped off at the Tailrace Inn for lunch. I used the time to post yesterday’s blog and charge my phone too. We met a young man, Andrew and his dog Rocco. He was very helpful giving us directions to the local shop – thanks. Some other people were also having lunch at the pub – Willem and Joelin are also walking the WHW. They are experienced long distance walkers and wild campers and we enjoyed chatting about our walks and swapped emails etc.
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We walked round to the Co-op and bought a few bits and pieces. Saw some familiar faces there – Bradley and four chaps from the West Midlands that we met a couple of days ago.
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We left Kinlochleven around 4.30 p.m. and walked along the road for a while then turned right onto a path leading uphill. Fairly steep in places so took us a while! Willem and Joelin and two others passed us – their legs are younger than ours!
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We walked slowly up to the top of the hill then fairly level walking along a valley for several miles.
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Beautiful views and a lovely afternoon’s walk. We walked until we found a place to camp in the Allt Nathrach Valley.
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It was by a stream so we could get water and by what appeared to be the only tree in the valley – it was a holly. Warm and sunny evening but got cold quickly after the sun sank behind the mountains. Lovely evening – full moon and clear skies.
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