Glen Nevis

Tuesday 14 May. The drive yesterday from Keswick to Bunree near Fort William was interesting to say the least. 220 miles and 5 hours made all the more difficult with snow showers and temperatures down to 3c in places. The plus is that the Scottish mountain tops have a fresh covering of snow and look wonderful.

The first walk of the holiday was an out and back along the upper reaches of Glen Nevis. It was a total of 7 miles with 1,780ft of ascent, most of which were short ups and downs so it didn’t feel so bad. The weather forecast wasn’t very promising although there was some hope that it would brighten up in the afternoon. We stopped off for morning coffee on the drive there and didn’t start the walk until 11:30. As it turned out, we had a couple of short spells of light rain but on the whole it was sunny.

The route seemed quite a popular one and we met about 40-50 other walkers along the way. It followed the course of the Waters of Nevis, with Ben Nevis to the north of us and the Mamores to the south. We couldn’t see the summits but the lower slopes were impressive in their own right. The path rose and fell as we made our way upstream crossing a number of minor falls en-route  The major fall of Allt Coire a’ Mhail suddenly came into view as we rounded a corner. Nearby there is a 3 strand wire bridge across the river. It was too high for shorties like Karen and me, but Bea climbed up to pose for a picture. Lunch was taken here before we walked on to Steall Falls. The return route was back the way we had come.

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