Cape Wrath Trail

6 days running across the North-West Highlands

Just back from 6 days running across the North-West Highlands. Running relay legs with Mark Roberts, Lou Roberts & Steph on a variation of the Cape Wrath Trail. Unfortunately I had to bail at Inchnadamph due to work commitments (and as it turned out an injury) but am pleased to say that Mark & Lou made it to Cape Wrath.

Day One: Glen Cona to Glenfinnan / Glenfinnan to Strathan (Loch Arkaig)

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The direct line from Glenfinnan – steep but effective

 

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High-level ridge running towards Streap (909m)

 

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Me (with Mark behind) on the summit of Streap

 

Day Two: Strathan to Kinloch Hourn / Kinloch Hourn to Glen Shiel

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The high-level route through Knoydart

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Mark approaching Ben Aden. Loch Quoich behind.

 

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Mark negotiating one of the few river crossings

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Barrisdale Bay

 

Day Three: Glenshiel to Killilan / Killilan to Strathcarron

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Easier terrain in Glen Ling

 Day Four: Strathcarron to  Torridon (Ling Hut) / Torridon to Kinlochewe

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Mark near the summit of Spidean Coire Nan Clach on Beinn Eighe

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Proper ankle breaker terrain. Hard boulder running descending to Kinlochewe

Day Five: Kinlochewe to Corrie Hallie / Corrie Hallie to Ullapool

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Mark & Seren enjoying the path on the run into Lochan Fada

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Boggy, pathless terrain resumes. Looking south towards Slioch.

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Mark besides Loch An Nid. An Teallach in the distance.

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An Teallach

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The long track to Corrie Hallie after nearly 20 miles of running.

 

Day Six: Ullapool to Oykal Bridge / Oykal Bridge to Inchnadamph

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Beyond Benmore Lodge. Mountainous terrain resumes.

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Mark in a remote corner of Assynt, beneath Conival

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About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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