Look upstream and downstream of your position. About 1 km south of Loch Ailsh, I saw the first and only sign post for the Cape Wrath Trail which indicated a minor detour from the usual route along the river. You can either follow the road, or follow the river up through the woods. And it’s not really a trail. If in doubt, and if not in danger, the participant should continue along the route to the marked crossing point and expect the ongoing plan to be revealed. The river crossing to get there was wide and shallow, so posed no problems. Mark and Emma. This means I’m more likely to be walking alone and get the camping spot or bothy to myself – just the way I prefer it! Note that the ferry/minibus service only runs between May and September, and is regularly canceled due to the weather and military operations. I often do this as I enjoy stopping an hour or so into the walk for a rest and will make breakfast then. Wet feet would be the least of your challenges! There was another cool traverse around Sgurr na Sgine to eventually join a path around to cross Allt a Choire Reidh. In February 2019, I hiked 299 miles from Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath, the north-westernmost point of mainland Britain, mostly following the Cape Wrath Trail. Not long after this, I decided I was hungry. Cape Wrath Backpacking Trail. This was a lovely riverside route. Those poles saved me on many occasions, especially on the Cape Wrath Trail: stopping dangerous slides, breaking falls, preventing me from sinking into deep bogs and helping on river crossings. Hands should be kept free for best reactions and purchase in case of a fall – unless handling trekking poles. Starting at Fort William and heading inexorably north to the northwestern tip of Scotland, the Cape Wrath Trail is 230 miles long, with around 12,000m of ascent. You could take a different route where resupplying more often would be possible, meaning a lighter pack. Today’s weather was cloudy with sunny spells. This crossing was a simple paddle as there had been little rain lately, but I can imagine this could get difficult if the river was in spate. I stopped for breakfast, and it was nice not to be breakfast for the midges any more! My son and I began by walking to Grudie. The trail offers a number of activity options. From Laggan Bridge the routes are identical, insofar as they are routes at all. See our graphics for Relative River Heights and explanations at the top of this article. As followers of this blog may be aware, I’m currently working on a replacement for the venerable North to the Cape to be published by Cicerone next year. We will be able to detect stationary and off route participants using the GPS Trackers and this will alert us to any unexpected issues. This is a variation of the Cape Wrath Trail which normally starts at Fort William. As soon as I’d eaten I felt great again, helped especially by the amazing weather. Next was a rough walk north over to join the road that runs all the way to the lighthouse at Cape Wrath. The length of the walk depends on the exact route taken. A broken toe now would ruin the walk! The best thing, however, was a long hot shower – a wonderful feeling to be clean again. This money goes towards the costs of hosting the blog. Not an appealing prospect for a 17-day hike. They gave me a tidy grass pitch with a picnic bench (what luxury!) According to the guide book, Strathchailleach bothy is worth a visit, but it was out of our way and we wanted to camp at Sandwood Bay. What an amazing place. Mark and Emma. Have you left any item of equipment or anyone behind? This will aid stability and avoid falling injury, or full body immersion. Watch each other closely, and help each other where appropriate. I spent some time pumping up my airbed, putting my sleeping bag out to air and hanging my clothes all around to dry. Once I reached the viaduct, I felt that the Cape Wrath Trail had finished. In 2020 I also walked a major part of it south to north on my Dover to Cape Wrath walk. Do not pressurise or draw fellow participants into danger: We all have different thresholds for river crossings. I was also tired by this stage, so I chose to follow the road to Achfary and Lochmore Lodge. Now I’m a freelance, I can (kind of) afford to allow myself time to complete the Trail in my own time, at a pace that suits the conditions and my own fitness. Waiting: It is possible that participants may need to wait before crossing a river. After the adrenaline rush and remote wilderness of the last few days, unexpectedly coming across hoards of people meant my walk was over. Cape Wrath is 19 km (11 mi) (plus a short boat ride) from the closest public road and is only accessible by foot or via a combination of passenger ferry and minibus from Keoldale. Be aware that undercut banks on the outside of river bends are often unstable and this is where the deepest water may be. Washing clothes was the next chore, and yet again, someone was looking down on me. I now know this is totally correct, but it did turn out to be great fun, even a bit of a thrill! It didn’t take me long to climb into a breeze and all was good again. I didn’t contour around Bealach na Craise quite as far as the guide book suggests. I sent a few grateful thank yous to whoever was listening that I wasn’t out in that weather. Need to Know Info | Cape Wrath Trail North to South – Cape Wrath to Sandwood Bay The Cape Wrath ferry (£4.50) leaves from Durness between 08.30 and 09.30 depending on tides and the ferry man. This rocky outcrop was great walking for me as I emerged from a gully perfectly placed to drop down to the river, with spectacular views across the valley to Lochan Fada. It was a real shock to see all the tourists at the Glenfinnan Viaduct after all my days of solitude. Gary as the larger person is positioned upstream ©Ben Winston. There is some margin for independent decision making, as smaller participants may opt to cross rivers in a team with the assistance of larger participants they may be running with. After the river crossing the path turned sharply north. This had ended up being a very long day, through some beautiful scenery. So I headed off again for a great walk across Coire a Chadha Ruaidh Mor and down to Iron Lodge. This river route sounds better, but I had heard that the ground here can be quite rough and overgrown. Our Cape Wrath Classic takes in some of the best sections of the north western part. Considered Foot Placement: Plant your feet into the river bed between boulders (you will be glad to have your shoes on) rather than attempt to stand on submerged boulders. We will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you finish in the evening. This was a significant decision as now I had resupplied with a week’s worth of food, my rucksack weight was back to around 18kgs or so. It was a wet walk across the flood plain to Sourlies Bothy, and luckily the tide was out so I was able to walk all the way along a solid sandy beach instead of having to climb over to get there. It gave me a perfect reason to stop and watch them for a while, and to my delight they didn’t run off when they saw me. These three videos were recorded in September 2014 when Shane Ohly (Event Director) and his wife, Heather, completed the Cape Wrath Trail. Most importantly, all participants are experienced and will be expected to make sound mountain judgements, and not jeopardise their own or other people's safety. We packed up camp and waited for the bus to take Max home. Participants should not cross if the river is clearly at Relative Height 4 (unless supervised), and must NOT cross if at Relative Height 5. (Image courtesy of Jan-Philipp Kappner.) Who’s to know? As your rucksack will be fairly small and compact, there is little risk that it will provide additional purchase for strong flowing water, or cause entanglement or weigh you down if you are swept away. I left Sourlies Bothy to follow the Finiskaig river path over to the track to Glen Dessarry. Even this relatively dull section of road was getting me to another interesting, remote place that was a privilege to visit. This was an incredible adventure that, along with the TGO Challenge and LEJOG, I will remember forever. I thought I’d share my kit list that I took for the Cape Wrath trail earlier this year, and also some notes on what items of gear worked and what didn’t. However, in reality this team may not be able to reach multiple locations in any one day, and depending on the spread of participants, and prevailing conditions, may not be deployable for all participants, in all instances. The ground has been very wet at times, so I give full credit to my boots – La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX. Wlld pitch by River Carron . We have written the following advice to help you consider your approach to river crossings during the Cape Wrath Ultra®. The path is not waymarked and has many variations. I eventually stopped for the day by the river, and the path up to Loch Calavie. There are many variations. The Cape Wrath Trail is an unofficial long distance trail and as such it is very remote and rarely walked. The Cape Wrath Trail runs from Fort William to Cape Wrath on Scotland’s northwest coast, for approximately 280 miles. The hotel at Rhiconich wasn’t open when we got there, but someone soon came and opened up for us so we could have a drink and later a meal. 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This might include observing others completing their crossing OR. We have rehearsed some contingencies (listed below) for perceived troublesome river crossings. It made me feel lucky to still be out in the wilderness – it wasn’t yet time for me to head home! trekking poles, waterproof rucksack liner. Heaving across them in boots and gaiters will just mean one thing – sodden boots and wet feet. Reaching the Lodge, I left the road and took a forest track which required a stiff climb to Bealach nam Fiann. Be careful and focused: Approach the selected crossing with patience and determination. We will spend the entire day guiding you along The Cape Wrath Trail, there is no need for you to worry about being lost. Choose a section of river that is wider (often shallower), has a uniform riverbed, even flow and no deep channels. Consider the consequences of a fall and being washed downstream. It was a beautiful walk over the Coulin Pass, down into the valley and through the woods, even if the path was a bit wet and boggy on occasions. Study the river. Without a path to follow, it was a fun challenge contouring across to join the path near Coire Beithe which started exactly where it shows on the map. View as map; View as list; 1 Fort William to Glenfinnan. The route did involve some pathless walking but it was over easy enough grass, and I thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of remoteness that had returned. However, I hadn’t crossed the river in the right place so it took me a while to find the small path. All the way down I felt it was crazy, but the adrenaline rush was brilliant by the time I reached the bottom! Sunshine, bogs, river crossings and blizzards: we take a deep dive into the wonders and hardships of the Cape Wrath Trail, Britain’s toughest long-distance hike. They spent 15 days walking the route, much of which formed the Cape Wrath Ultra™ race route. The water came up to my knees which meant boots off and Crocs on, which was a pain so soon after getting comfortable from the bothy! Cape Wrath Trail Tip 2 – Take Diving Shoes. I sat watching the lights of Unapool across the loch in the distance, and missed Max’s company. However, they can be quite monotonous but I have found buying a range of different meals from different manufacturers helps to alleviate the repetitiveness. Reaching the turn-off on a track by the river, I was surprised by how quickly the feeling of wilderness returned. Follow me on Twitter: @wildwalkingUK. From Morvich the route follows a popular path to the dramatic Falls of Glomach before an airy, very steep and scrambly descent, before heading up Glen Elchaig and a hill crossing to end at the exceptionally remote Maol-bhuidhe bothy. Secure your rucksack: We advise that you keep your rucksack on and with all belts fastened slightly tighter. It was here that I saw the first walker I had passed since Rhiconich. I had no choice but to press on up the road to Croftown as I just couldn’t walk any further. The river crossing was easy and it was a nice climb up and along the Allt Leathad an Tobair. It winds up the west coast from Fort William to the Northern tip, Cape Wrath. While we really enjoyed the trek and found the beauty and the remoteness of the trek intoxicating, others before me have sufficiently described it, and have a much better way with words. He complained about the trail being rough and boring. I then stumbled across a herd of possibly 50 deer. Due to the colder temperatures and high risk of snow and ice, I will be hiking in boots, not trail shoes. I remembered to cross the river to join another path along the Allt a Choire Chaoil. They were heading back to their car at Kinloch Hourn and heading home. Your email address will not be published. Buddying-up makes river crossings safer. Water Height: Waist DeepSpecial Techniques: Rivers this deep MUST NOT BE CROSSED, even as a group. This was stunning but did mean quite a few miles across pathless terrain to Gorm Loch Mor. I had just got into my sleeping bag when two chaps arrived. I eventually found a flat enough spot to camp near Alltan Aonghais. A Mountain Safety Team that may be despatched to known trouble spots and/or known workaround routes. Some participants will be unpractised and fearful of some crossings – even if they are not deep. It helped me to perfect the route to the north end of Gorm Loch Mor and to find the track marked on the map starting below Loch Bealoch a Mhadaidh, which is not apparent on the ground initially. I should have stopped at the hotel here, but it was too late for lunch time and too early to stop for the day, so I pressed on up a track into the woods to the Schoolhouse Bothy at Duag Bridge. Shoes should be kept on. I eventually climbed up near the Allt na Lairigh, which was very boggy. Cape Wrath Trail *walking* insights - River Crossings Cape Wrath Trail *walking* insights - River CrossingsThese three videos were recorded in September 2014 when Shane Ohly (Event Director) and his wife, Heather, completed the Cape Wrath Trail. This saved us half a mile or so and it was a nicer walk. The rain had turned up, but I finally made it to A’ Chuil Bothy where I made use of all the hooks and clothes lines in the biggest room to dry my gear. Fortunately I had stopped earlier on for dinner and a wash in the river, so as soon as I put the tent up I fell asleep, exhausted. We would be extremely grateful if you could consider using our links when you next need to buy something from our advertisers. I had planned on crossing the valley and going down through Gleann Blanasdail, round Meallan Ghobhar to Kinlochewe, but it had blown a gale and rained all night which made me worry about crossing Abhainn an Fhasaigh. This might occur in the following circumstances: If there has been a prolonged period of rainfall preceding the event. They spent 15 days walking the route, much of which formed the Cape Wrath Ultra™ race route. I finally got my chance to … Are you okay and do you need to address anything immediately? However, I enjoyed the challenge of getting myself across the river, and not being handed the route on a plate. If in a group or with other runners in proximity, should you be together, checking upon each other, and are you all okay? My feet and legs were numb by the time I dragged myself out the other side, and I was very glad of the support from my walking poles. There was no path down the other side of Meallan Odhar, but good enough walking on nice ground (mostly grass and rock). I think it’s a good value tent. A shorter, lighter, weaker person will be more noticeably affected by any river. I had arrived at midday, so I got the place to myself. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window). Neither of us wanted to carry them a step further than we had to, especially as they had a week’s food in them at this point! The bothy has got a nice sleeping platform but it felt cold, and the guest book mentioned mice eating through packs to get to your food. For the experienced backpacker it offers an irresistible challenge: over two hundred miles of continuously superb hiking through the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland. From Morvich the route follows a popular path to the dramatic Falls of Glomach before an airy, very steep and scrambly descent, before heading up Glen Elchaig and a hill crossing to end at the exceptionally remote Maol-bhuidhe bothy. Your email address will not be published. In this way, you can study the water more readily, and the force of the water cannot fold your legs at the knees. News and advice from our Mountain Safety Team will be displayed each morning during the event (from 0500 in the main mess tent). With the stronger participant upstream and making small steps one at a time. Unsupervised participants finding themselves at a Groin Deep river crossing MUST STOP racing and seek an alternative crossing location as a group with other participants. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who keep places like the Schoolhouse Bothy open and look after them so well. On my map, it showed the track ending in the woods and then a path down to Salachy. The CWT is more of a route than a trail because it’s not blazed or way-marked and because you can connect the endpoints using any sequence of trails, 4×4 tracks, paths, roads, or off-trail segments to connect the two endpoints. Today was cool with a light breeze, and dry all day. They spent 15 days walking the route, much of which formed the Cape Wrath Ultra™ race route. If you have gone off-route to achieve this crossing, this is when you should study and plan your new ongoing route to get back on track as fluently as possible. As in summer, river crossings are a key hazard, with the added risk that the weather could be much wetter – and the consequences of a dunking are potentially much worse. I had a lovely walk along the deserted beach before packing up and setting off to join the path, track and road to Kinlochbervie. But if you put some effort forward, you'll see some pretty spectacular scenery and get a damn good taste of the Scottish highlands. (In my defence, it was a really big tree). This must be a popular place to bike into then go off walking in the hills, judging by the number of bikes left along the track with no sign of the owners. Great boots but I’m struggling with the Gore-Tex linings failing so soon, while the boots are still good. The midges were still there in the morning, so I got packed up as fast as possible and left. This is another wild and remote bothy that I can’t believe somebody used to live in. The Cape Wrath Trail is an amazing walk for the experienced and I loved every minute of it. I stopped for lunch in a little fishing hut by the river; what a pleasure it was to sit on a real seat! This is too complex a scenario to give further advice on, and would need to be assessed by the participant on a case-by-case basis. This can lead to a fall and injury – wet feet are tolerable. You can head for Inchnadamph and the hotel, but as I was enjoying the remoteness and isolation, I chose the rougher route up Glen Coul and past Loch Eircill. She drove us to Spean Bridge and then friends of hers drove us along Loch Arkaig and dropped us at Strathan for a 3 mile walk along forest tracks in rain to A’Chuil Bothy, which we shared with five others. Looking at my maps I could see that there were long ways around them if necessary, but the idea of more river crossings did cause me to feel a little more cautious. I got about halfway to the bothy from Oykel Bridge when a chap stopped in his 1960s Land Rover and insisted on giving me a lift the rest of the way. I could really feel the weight difference as I set off on day 10, and it slowed me down for a while. to seek or to give comfort? No waymarkings but plenty of hazardous river crossings. River crossings present a significant hazard on the Cape Wrath Trail. This crossing was a bit of an adrenaline rush as the water was flowing fast, so it was boots off and Crocs on for the last time. The path was a little rough and rocky in places. River crossings are the primary hazard on the Cape Wrath Trail and avoiding crossings in spate may cause multi-day detours or multi-day delays. I came across a farm charging for camping, but it wasn’t a particularly nice spot. Someone must have been looking down on me as a heavy rain storm passed over just as I got to the hut. I climbed up an old coffin route out of Croftown, which was very steep, and camped right by the path in the first flat spot possible just as it got dark. Thank you so much for your support. The trek was pioneered in the early 1990s by David Paterson who, in 1996, published a book entitled The Cape Wrath Trail: A New 200-mile Walking Route Through the North-west Scottish Highlands. This is a beautiful stage of the Cape Wrath Trail, with generally good conditions underfoot and few real navigational challenges. Having fallen asleep so early last night, I was up at first light and set off without breakfast. We had to make our own way here through numerous valleys and river crossings – there are no paths. This is a part of the Cape Wrath Trail that I had been worried about since I set off, as I’d read that it was very steep and exposed with some scrambling. The first: You have to carry full gear, something that’s not applicable on almost any other UK hike. Cape Wrath Trail *walking* insights - River CrossingsThese three videos were recorded in September 2014 when Shane Ohly (Event Director) and his wife, Heather, completed the Cape Wrath Trail. Some dry wood to light a fire would have been great! Adopt any workaround that the Mountain Safety Team or Organisers may have explained. There is a ferry and minibus that operates along here, but it is very dependent on the weather conditions and demand. About 1 km south of Loch Ailsh, I saw the first and only sign post for the Cape Wrath Trail which indicated a minor detour from the usual route along the river. I headed for Shenavall Bothy which I chose to bypass, staying instead on the path alongside Abhainn Loch an Nid. In hindsight, I probably should have eaten my meal before I drank that second pint, as now I can’t remember what I ate. Managed: The Mountain Safety Team may ‘supervise’ and/or ‘equip’ a crossing of a marginal river. Sleep came very easily. The consequences are likely to be VERY SERIOUS if a participant stumbles or slips. Should you eat and drink? However we hadn’t even started the Cape Wrath Trail yet, so we needed to press on. We do not recommend crossing rivers with bare feet because the risk of foot injury is greater and rocks are often very slippery. This bothy is in a spectacular setting next to the beach and is the best I have ever stayed in. There is a choice of routes here. Today’s weather was cloudy and dry with sunny spells. Participants should be able to cautiously cross rivers of this height without any special techniques or considerations. These videos are intended to give potential Cape Wrath Ultra™ competitors and Cape Wrath Trail walkers an insight to the adventure that awaits them. After a short ten-minute trip across gentle waves, the ferry dropped me at the far side of the loch. without extensive snow and ice) extends from roughly April to October in an average year, but non-trivial snow could be encountered for weeks at either end of this window, making the trail … At worst, this would require the organisers to arrange for diversionary transport logistics to the next overnight camp. My route took me along more rough ground before finally picking up a path along Loch a Garbh-bhaid Mor. However, I soon had to cross a tributary which wasn’t bridged. Note the under arm, rucksack strap grip and the relative difference of water height between Shane and Gary. Should you calm and attend to any stresses or nerves. Perfect. This would mean a significant deviation from the routeline, perhaps into a different Glen (Valley) or over hills. We say relative heights, because an individual's height, weight and build will be affected by the same river state differently. You’re required to sleep and eat in the wild for much of the adventure, because the ends of each day’s walking do not coincide with guesthouses—or indeed with anything at all. It’s safe enough as long as you are careful, and it demands full concentration. This led me into the Glen Oykel forest and a lovely walk past Loch Ailsh. The reason the mileage is approximate is because there is not an actual trail. The river was wide and deep due to the rain yesterday. Crossing the River Carnach. Over the years, I've tried a few variations. I would probably take another two days to get to the Cape Wrath lighthouse. It was used as a schoolhouse up until the 1930s, and up to 20 pupils came to school here, supervised by a teacher who probably lived on site. No waymarkings but plenty of hazardous river crossings. Max and I got to the bothy early enough to lay our gear out to dry, and the rain stopped just long enough for us to walk along Kearvaig beach. It is not adequate to shout and wave and believe that your advice or warnings have been heard and understood, not least due to language barriers. You have to find your own way from Fort William to Cape Wrath, the most north westerly point in the UK. I followed the detour and joined the vehicle track to Benmore Lodge. They are an eyesore across the valley; the last few miles are marked on the map as a path, but were actually a damn great track. In this instance, the river was too wide to jump across, and the power of the water too risky to attempt to wade through at this point as there were also downstream hazards (waterfall and confluence with larger river) that meant being swept away would likely result in a serious injury. I’ve gone too far. The skill and ‘nerve’ range of participants to cross rivers will be varied. From here, it was a well-used driveway to Glenfinnan Lodge and even had picnic benches amongst the trees which I did make use of. Use Trekking Poles: Use of trekking poles for river crossings will increase confidence and stability in the water. It was then four miles of road walking to the lighthouse. The site had also been storing my resupply parcel and it was great to restock. 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