West Highland Way

West Highland Way

 19 Oct 2017

After reading Matt’s blog last week about getting back to the core of life, back to the outdoors and away from technology,  I thought it made sense to write something this week about my eventful week off, which involved walking the West Highland Way.  It was a few months ago that my friend asked if I would be interested in walking the West Highland Way later this year and I agreed straight away without really realising quite what I was letting myself in for.   For anyone that doesn’t know the WHW is a 96 mile walk through the Scottish highlands from Glasgow to Fort William. 
 
We planned the trip over 5 days, walking from Milngavie – Balmaha – Inveranan – Bridge of Orchy – Kinlochleven – Fort William.  Being outdoors in Scotland at this time of year you need to prepare yourself for any weather and even though we were prepared it was still a pretty tough challenge.  We walked for hours (between 7-12 hrs per day) in the pouring rain, battling the wind, getting covered in mud and bumping into more livestock that I had hoped for! But spending the day in the open air, not a computer in sight and no signal on our phones was actually quite therapeutic.   I can’t remember the last time I went a whole day without checking my phone.  
It also gave us the chance to do a good deed and raise some money for charity.  I set up a ‘Just Giving’ sponsor page for the event and am pleased to say I have now raised nearly £400 for my chosen charity – St Vincent’s Hospice.
 
I really enjoyed the adventure and probably saw more of Scotland than I have in the whole 26yrs I have lived here.   It’s a nice feeling, knowing that by taking on this challenge I have been able to raise money for a charity that is really close to my heart.   My charity adventures are starting to become a regular thing…last year I completed a charity swim in Greece, this year was the WHW, I just need to decide now what my adventure will be for next year.  If anyone has any suggestions of what my next challenge should be please leave a comment below and watch this space!! 
 
(Stacey Clark)

 

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