The West Highland Way

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Whatever happened to 2020?

So much for all the planning, booking accommodation and flights from the UK to NZ.

Coronavirus has ended all of that. I don’t know exactly when it will ever return to normal so that we can do the WHW. But we will do it. We lost quite a bit of money as some of the accommodation we could only get non refundable and others just did not answer. The flights with Emirates were credited. Hopefully they will still be available when we need them.

This particular blog will just have to wait for now. Over but not out. At least not yet anyway.

All packed up and ready to go

I joined the ship in Sydney on February 21st.

My suitcase is packed with the necessaries to walk the WHW. Our backpacks, clothes and essentials are all there. My Camino walking stick that I really wanted to bring had to be cut into three by a local joinery firm near where we live. I was not sure I could get a 1.5 metre walking pole on a plane. Debbie will bring it in her bags when she joins in Fremantle. It appears they have made a bit of a hash of it so I will see what the ships carpenters can do with it. I hope I dont regret cutting the pole. We went through a lot together my stick and I walking the Camino Frances from France into Spain to the city of Santiago De Compostela.

So the plan is that we will leave the ship in Mauritius on April 23rd and fly to Glasgow. There we will either walk or take the train to Milngavie and start. I hope to keep this blog updated with comment and photos as we go.

What is it?

Running from Milngavie, just north of Glasgow to the town of Fort William on the slopes of Ben Nevis in Scotland the West Highland Way runs north for 96 miles. Come back for more as Debbie and I get ready to do a walk that has beaten me 4 times already and Debbie three times. We will start on April 23rd from Glasgow after my next tour of duty on The World.


Mark Dexter 2015