/ Cape wrath trail
I did most of it a good few years ago. There is (was?) no well defined route, and I didn't use a guide of any type. Just buy the right landrangers and go for it. Planning the route is all part of the fun. There are some lovely MBA bothies on route, and the MBA website now gives grid refs.
I did find it useful to send a few items 'Post Restante' to Kylesku post office - there are shops out there, but they don't stock everything a walker might want.
You should also check with the MOD before going to cape wrath, it's a military firing range. http://www.capewrath.org.uk/08_MOD_Exercise_Info.htm
On a very wet, windy and crap w/e I cycled into a NW bothy, away from any munros and corbets, and lacking a fire place. We'd get it to ourselves, we thought. On arrival I was greeted by an American lady, dooing the 'trail' and reading the 'guidebook'. An hour later a mini-bus pulled up outside on the estate land-drover track, the lady driver got out and came in for a chat, while she waited for a party of 10 or so walkers 'dooing' the 'trail' supported, and would be transported by her to their feather beds for the night. Duly the wet party of ten trooped in. An little later a party of three poncho-ed German lads walked through the door. They were also dooing the 'trail', and after a cuppa set off towards another bothy which was the end-point of their previous years attempt.
Amazing how appealing two guidebooks can make a bit of Highland bog.....granted it does pass through some grand areas as well.
If you can get BBC2 Scotland, there's a prog about it on 28th Dec@19:00:
note that episode is the 2nd part. The first part covers Kirk Yetholm to Aberfeldy to be shown on 27th Dec.
I walked the first 30odd miles of the CW trail back in October '97 from FW to Cluanie Inn. Then last year I continued from Cluanie to Strathcarron. I'll reach CW by the time I retire at this rate.
The best thing about the cape wrath trail is there is no set path. Just get some maps and find your route. Just remember to think about where shops are as you can be days without them. I would suggest west from the fort to glenfinnan then north through Knoydart. We spent a LONG time planning our trip but didnt make it to the end due to an injury. Maybe another time :-)
Unfortuneately its very hard to sell a guidebook that doesn't provide a route......so one of the two guidebooks avialable provides a route (along with some alternatives), including summary maps showing thier 'route' per section. The other guidebook doesn't, I wonder if the author has walked the route.......not having finishing his corbets (allegedly) didn't stop him publishing a book describing the 'best way up each' ........
The David Paterson book is available second-hand for about £10. It isn't a guide book as such, but has some inspirational photographs and writing, as well as some overview maps.
The Scottish National Trail mentioned above looks to take a different route to that suggested by Paterson.
I'm not a fan of McNeish's guide books.
Me neither and I think that hint about not walking his own routes may be aimed at him...
> Me neither and I think that hint about not walking his own routes may be aimed at him...
....at a gentleman with a similar sounding name; Cambert McPish......
The original nature of the cape wrath trail appealed,ie, find your own way from A to B...one thing for sure is the sandwood bay experience will never be the same again after that program tonight!
I don't mind McNeish but it may be irrelevant anyway as the MOD wants to buy more of Cape Wrath and close it to the public. Better Together - aye right.
> I don't mind McNeish but it may be irrelevant anyway as the MOD wants to buy more of Cape Wrath and close it to the public. Better Together - aye right.
> The Scottish National Trail mentioned above looks to take a different route to that suggested by Paterson.
"Closing" Parph would be politically ill advised right now, and I expect the War Office would delay doing something that would really infuriate folk here, at least until The Fat Politician loses his referendum. It would be a very aggressive act.
We have been here before, with Knoydart. Saw the bar stewards off then and will do so again. The threat will probably help Durness with their bid mind.
As for the trail - great to hear all the reminders that it is a journey, not a single linear route. Still smarting from hearing the claim that McPish "created" the Sutherland Trail. He did a good job of that lovely pony path to Gobernuisgach. Callum of Raasay had nothing on him.
Fool. Our glorious leader will protect the best interests of us all.
> Fool. Our glorious leader will protect the best interests of us all.
I never quite understand this mentality, that of avoiding the issue but attacking someone for raising it. The MOD will buy the rest of Cape Wrath and treat it with the care they extent to the rest of the place - none.
I like McNeish's stuff on tv, beats the x factor.. just wish he wouldnt tell the world about our currently quiet unspoiled gems.. (im selfish of course)
Not attacking you, just mocking your apparent belief that somehow in an independent Scotland all decisions will be made for the common good and that the environment will be more valued than it is now. We have just as many greedy, rapacious, mercenary politicians and decision makers as anywhere else.
Furthermore, many would argue that MOD landownership has been a net benefit for the ecology of most of the land that it owns.
Also, Alex Salmond rewminds me of Toad.
Em, I didn't say that so not sure why you feel I believe it.
Also, I don't think "many" would argue that MOD ownership has been good for the ecology in any way. Who are these many? People in Durness don't seem to agree.
Either way, looks like the local and rest of population are about to lose a big chunk of land. Better Together - no.
Where would the Independent Scottish armed forces train?
Would they host NATO exercises at cape wrath?
These are separate issues which you can discuss on a dedicated thread. The point I make is that regardless of who, we are are about to lose something.
Fair enough I was laying it on a bit thick.Sorry. I don't know much about Cape Wrath (naval gunnery, right?) but the big ranges I've been on like Otterburn and Sennybridge have significant areas of wood and moorland. Despite the occasional violent explosion, disruption to these habitats is actually less than in similar areas outwith ranges. This is because there is virtually no development and for large parts of the year not many people there at all.
IIRC some parts of Otterburn are SSI's.
I was in Durness earlier this year for the Cape Wrath Challenge and it is a lovely part of the world and I agree it needs looking after. I just don't think it's an Independence issue.
It may be that you wont be able to do the Cape Wrath Challenge in the future.
fine by me - you dragged the independence thing into the thread. If you keep putting in lines like you did then you have to expect a response.
I agree with Jack B - planning your own route is what makes the Cape Wrath Trail different from all the others. There are hill paths that will link up all the way through in a number of different combinations - and be sure to have a few alternative routes figured out in the more hairy places, too, in case things don't turn out the way you plan them, especially in the far north west, where there really are no safety nets. But what an adventure - highlights for me were a waterspout on Loch Stack, a rowdy flock of ptarmigans coming in to roost on Arkle after nightfall, and all that time alone in an awesome landscape.
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