Hands should be kept free for best reactions and purchase in case of a fall – unless handling trekking poles. Well, not hungry so much, but every time I stopped to eat my pack got lighter, so 10am sounded like lunchtime to me! There are many variations. Even though it had been rough walking, it was not too difficult and the going was OK under foot. My midge head net paid for itself in seconds as I had never seen such a large swarm. 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. I spent some time pumping up my airbed, putting my sleeping bag out to air and hanging my clothes all around to dry. Heaving across them in boots and gaiters will just mean one thing – sodden boots and wet feet. We do not recommend crossing rivers with bare feet because the risk of foot injury is greater and rocks are often very slippery. 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. These relative heights are suited to the flow strengths that these rivers are likely to exhibit at our intended crossing points. 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. Looking in as I passed, I found it full of people all getting ready to set off. Consider whether crossing a marginal river could then leave you trapped between other rivers, especially if rivers are rising. River crossings. Be careful and focused: Approach the selected crossing with patience and determination. River crossings, along with midges, will become the bane of your trip. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. This decision was instantly justified when a bus turned up, heading straight for Fort William. This was an incredible adventure that, along with the TGO Challenge and LEJOG, I will remember forever. I now know this is totally correct, but it did turn out to be great fun, even a bit of a thrill! So I’m pleased I took it. It had been lovely to carry 11kgs over the last couple of days! River crossings, along with midges, will become the bane of your trip. I eventually stopped for the day by the river, and the path up to Loch Calavie. 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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. Scotland is windy. But a lovely time was had by the man at the table for one. The draw of the Cape Wrath Trail: in conversation with backpackers taking on Britain's premier long-distance route. I think it’s sad that the landowners are being allowed to run big double-lane tracks into these idyllic glens. *FOOTNOTE – this bridge has now been washed away in a storm, so check to see if it has been replaced if you are heading here. As soon as I’d eaten I felt great again, helped especially by the amazing weather. The ground has been very wet at times, so I give full credit to my boots – La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX. The best thing, however, was a long hot shower – a wonderful feeling to be clean again. It is probably a lovely walk through Cona Glen but I just realised it was time to go home and see my family. © Ben Winston. Do NOT cross above tress and branches that may act as a 'strainer' if you are washed downstream, pinning you against the obstruction (and usually then causing drowning). If I could do the Cape Wrath Trail I would not change a thing, but this was my way. Follow my progress as I attempt to walk the length of the UK, from Dover to Cape Wrath, wild camping every night. Generally, I was just really enjoying the space! Pitlochry to Loch Cluanie . Consider searching for an easier crossing point upstream where the river may be narrower, or downstream where the river may be wider and shallower. It is distinctly possible that some difficult river crossings will be encountered. Boots or shoes: which are best for hill walking and backpacking? The route leads you across most of the north west coast of Scotland via Morar, Knoydart, Torridon and Assynt, winding through its most beautiful glens and mountains. The walk took 15 days. Avoid crossing where there is a combination of many large boulders and fast flowing water. I sent a silent prayer of thanks that I didn’t have to climb up it – a good, if not the best, reason to walk the trail north to south. I often do this as I enjoy stopping an hour or so into the walk for a rest and will make breakfast then. It was a long, remote walk following a four-wheel-drive track around Ben More Assynt, but a walk I would happily do again. ). This will provide some protection in a fall, and it keeps your equipment to hand. 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. We will spend the entire day guiding you along The Cape Wrath Trail, there is no need for you to worry about being lost. Apparently, the route inland is slightly easier going. They spent 15 days walking the route, much of which formed the Cape Wrath Ultra™ race route. We would rather that you become competent at shallower crossings than risking deeper immersions. You could take a different route where resupplying more often would be possible, meaning a lighter pack. The river crossing to get there was wide and shallow, so posed no problems. They spent 15 days walking the route, much of which has also formed the Cape Wrath Ultra™ race route. Once I reached the viaduct, I felt that the Cape Wrath Trail had finished. I followed the detour and joined the vehicle track to Benmore Lodge. The skill and ‘nerve’ range of participants to cross rivers will be varied. Today’s weather was cloudy but dry. Cicerone guide ‘Walking the Cape Wrath Trail’. 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. I was looking forward to contacting my family from the phone box marked on the map at Inverlael, so I pushed on. Once he was safely on his way, I set off alone along a fairly rough path following the Rhiconnich river. 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. Participants may choose to take additional equipment for the whole event and for each respective day stage, if you feel that this may help e.g. Entering the river at these locations can cause an unintended swim, and exiting at these locations can be difficult. I am not at all religious, but perhaps I should start to reconsider! Note the under arm, rucksack strap grip and the relative difference of water height between Shane and Gary. Today’s weather began cloudy, but brightened up later. Water Height: Knee Deep Special Techniques: Participants must cross cautiously and will need to select an appropriate crossing point and may wish to use trekking poles to steady themselves, or group together. I wore the La Spotiva Trango TRK walking boots for this trip because they were lighter weight than my leather boot. *This video diary was filmed in September 2014 when Shane Ohly (Event Director) and his wife, Heather, completed the Cape Wrath Trail. Looking back, I realised that I need to eat to keep going. I arrived at the next river crossing (Abhainn Poiblidh) and found I was just able to cross. When I finally got there, I was very disappointed to discover that the phone box was completely empty. And yes, it was amazing. In 2020 I also walked a major part of it south to north on my Dover to Cape Wrath walk. Someone must have been looking down on me as a heavy rain storm passed over just as I got to the hut. The Cape Wrath Trail is an unofficial long distance trail and as such it is very remote and rarely walked. Thank you so much for your support. Are conditions worsening? I have loved every minute of the Cape Wrath Trail, and his comments made me realise that you have to take the bad bits as well as the good bits of any long-distance walk. I waited a few minutes for the cafe to open and had the best cooked breakfast and coffee I’ve ever tasted. As the Cape Wrath Trail passes through more remote areas of the highlands, and over more challenging terrain, it was necessary to carry more food supplies in order to provide flexibility. River crossings present a significant hazard on the Cape Wrath Trail. Unknowingly, I had dropped down a little and went straight through the middle of Creag Ghlas Bheag. This is another wild and remote bothy that I can’t believe somebody used to live in. (But only after a detour upstream). We have rehearsed some contingencies (listed below) for perceived troublesome river crossings. The Cape Wrath Trail is the expedition of a lifetime, traversing 200 miles of Scotland's wildest and most beautiful country. I didn’t care much though as I wanted a pint and a meal. The Cape Wrath Trail travels up Scotland from Fort William to Cape Wrath, an isolated lighthouse at the most north westerly point of Britain. Solo crossings are still quite acceptable and normal in the lower river height levels. Today’s weather was misty and damp, drying up later in the day. 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. It should be stressed that in the two previous of this event, such severe river crossing difficulties have NOT been encountered. I had a lovely walk along the deserted beach before packing up and setting off to join the path, track and road to Kinlochbervie. Consider the consequences of a fall and being washed downstream. They were perfect for the whole trip, really comfortable and I never had wet feet once but on returning home they started leaking. This saved us half a mile or so and it was a nicer walk. I came out of the woods to cross the River Pean which thankfully has a bridge over it after yesterday’s rain. If you have gone off-route and are forging a path that we have not specified as the event route. News and advice from our Mountain Safety Team will be displayed each morning during the event (from 0500 in the main mess tent). 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. An amazing day but tough going! Cape Wrath Trail *walking* insights - River Crossings. The river was wide and deep due to the rain yesterday. I placed myself in the middle room (there are three to choose from), which was equipped with a chair, a table and a sleeping platform. I sent a few grateful thank yous to whoever was listening that I wasn’t out in that weather. Filmed in September 2014, the changes to the advice now (Feb 2016) is that participants should always keep their shoes on to cross rivers, even if they choose to remove their socks / GoreTex Socks first and that rock hopping (as done by Shane) is not recommended. Look upstream and downstream of your position. There are hundreds of river crossings and opportunity for issues. The length of the walk depends on the exact route taken. At this point, I also picked up my camera tripod and a couple of additional lenses. 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. I took a route with the fewest river crossings. 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. I walked the Cape Wrath Trail in the summer of 2017. An early tea, an early night, ready for an early start tomorrow. Over the last few weeks, we’ve published a number of features about the Cape Wrath Trail , with an emphasis on planning a winter trip (although we’re moving into the summer season now, winter trips take a lot of planning! I am sad to see them go but it is time for a new pair. The Cape Wrath Trail is a long-distance hike stretching for well over 200 miles between Fort William and Cape Wrath, the north-westernmost point of mainland Britain. 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. The minibus driver will even drop a bag of coal for you at the junction with the road. We were lucky to hit low tide which meant we could walk across the sand. The Cape Wrath Trail (CWT) is a walking route beginning in Fort William and ending at Cape Wrath on the north western tip of Scotland. 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. Heaving across them in boots and gaiters will just mean one thing – sodden boots and wet feet. Read More Guidance Janie Oates 18 April 2018 river crossings Secure your rucksack: We advise that you keep your rucksack on and with all belts fastened slightly tighter. Keep your balance: When in deep faster-flowing water, avoid staring at the surface of water for too long. I joined the road at Morvich but struggled to put one foot in front of the other. The farmer had a fire going burning plastic or rubber which stank, so I carried on. Then I got REALLY wet feet. I decided that I had to do it. There are very few trees. Boots One of the features of the Cape Wrath Trail is frequent river crossings, making the choice of boot particularly important. T he Cape Wrath Trail is the best long-distance hike in the UK. The Cape Wrath Trail (CWT) The CWT is not a way-marked trail. Coupled with the two Harvey’s maps (Cape Wrath Trail South and Cape Wrath Trail North) this was all I needed to get me through the whole thing. I eventually climbed up near the Allt na Lairigh, which was very boggy. Length 219.3 mi Elevation gain 24291 ft Route type Point to point. When I finally reached Kintail Lodge, I realised that this was a popular, busy place filled with clean, nice-smelling people. 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. I followed the Cicerone guide ‘Walking the Cape Wrath Trail’ by Iain Harper, which is very good. I chose to walk this route from north to south for two reasons: I set off for the first three days of the trail with my 18-year old son, Max. However, I soon lost that path too so I followed a compass bearing to a four-wheel-drive track. Cape Wrath Classic is graded 4, with walks /hikes of long distances in remote countryside and rough and often pathless terrain, occasionally requiring river crossings. I used the Tarptent Notch Li on that trip. Perhaps that was due to the dehydrated meal comparison, but whatever the reason, it was delicious. See our graphics for Relative River Heights and explanations at the top of this article. 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. 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. That’s how rough the ground is around here and how challenging it can be to find a suitable camping spot! Water Height: Below knee Special Techniques: None. My wild camps had been so good that I wasn’t keen to camp around other people again, plus it would mean paying! I then turned off onto a track. The Cape Wrath Trail travels up the west coast of Scotland, beginning in Fort William, and ending at Cape Wrath which is the northernmost point of Britain. Picking up our packs again, we finally left the road and headed south, roughly following the coast. Should you calm and attend to any stresses or nerves. From Kinlochewe there are two choices. Adopt any workaround that the Mountain Safety Team or Organisers may have explained. Cape Wrath Trail Complete is a 219.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Fort William, Highland, Scotland that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. This can put you off your balance. "This river doesn't look uncrossable. As this river crossing may have become dangerous, or even impossible, I chose the easier route through Kinlochewe Forest instead. I always over-equip myself for safety and peace of mind, so I could perhaps have saved some weight, but I always prefer safe to sorry. 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. This might occur in the following circumstances: If there has been a prolonged period of rainfall preceding the event. I met four lads along here who had spent a few days in the bothy, and were climbing in the area. I dropped down into the valley and had to join the A832 for a very short time before climbing out of the valley and back into the wilderness again. Day 2: Kearvaig Bothy - Sandwood Bay The Cape Wrath Trail is challenging and frustrating, mostly because the "Cape Wrath Trail" is something that someone (probably on the internet) made up. The benign stream that I had filtered my water from last night was now a raging torrent that I didn’t want to go anywhere near. Perfect. These boots have been very comfortable and lightweight, and I haven’t had too much trouble with blisters. My son and I began by walking to Grudie. If you were then unable to cross the river, you would then be without your pack and safety equipment. The lochs and villages we passed were stunning. This bothy is in a spectacular setting next to the beach and is the best I have ever stayed in. Be observant of how your actions influence other participants. It’s a popular bothy now and often gets very busy. This is the southern section of our Cape Wrath Trail. Walking the Cape Wrath Trail by Iain Harper (published by Cicerone) is invaluable. If walking it north to south, it takes you from the north western tip of Scotland at the Cape Wrath lighthouse, through Knoydart, Torridon and Assynt, ending up at Fort William. We will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you finish in the evening. 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. 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. All the way down I felt it was crazy, but the adrenaline rush was brilliant by the time I reached the bottom! However, when river levels rise, there is an increased danger of serious injury and drowning. The Cape Wrath Trail is often referred to as Britain’s toughest long distance trail, and is an unofficial route through some of the most spectacularly wild parts of Scotland. 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! Do not pressurise or draw fellow participants into danger: We all have different thresholds for river crossings. 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. They spent 15 days walking the route, much of which formed the Cape Wrath Ultra™ race route. 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. I’d decided I would rather spend the money on a meal at the Lodge. Wlld pitch by River Carron . It’s safe enough as long as you are careful, and it demands full concentration. It was then a very enjoyable walk down the valley, passing a tent in a perfect spot by the river and cliffs. The staff at the hotel then offered us a place to camp in their field, which was extremely welcome. In hindsight, I might have been better off following the river. Max and I had breakfast and were reluctant to leave such a lovely place. At this point I was ahead of schedule, so I had a number of dehydrated meals left over. I took a raging river crossing in my stride and cruised on towards Sgurr Na Forcan. Water Height: Waist DeepSpecial Techniques: Rivers this deep MUST NOT BE CROSSED, even as a group. Thankfully there was a bridge over the river Carnoch as it was too dangerous to cross otherwise. We would be extremely grateful if you could consider using our links when you next need to buy something from our advertisers. Something I definitely wasn’t at this point! We made camp directly on the beach and used a small sand dune for protection from the wind. From Laggan Bridge the routes are identical, insofar as they are routes at all. We made it here just as the sun came out. A new Cape Wrath Trail route alternative for Assynt. Do not try to be clever: Participants must NOT devise any ‘roped’ or ‘equipment managed’ methods of crossing rivers. Cape Wrath trail route. Shane Ohly (Left - Race Director) and Gary Tompsett (Right - Course Planner) cross one of the Knoydart rivers that participants will encounter on Day 2. 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. The path is not waymarked and has many variations. This is a beautiful stage of the Cape Wrath Trail, with generally good conditions underfoot and few real navigational challenges. 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. 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. My pack came to 28lbs when fully packed and would vary depending on how much food we had eaten. The lighthouse is occupied but no-one was there when we arrived. It is also possible to spend a number of nights in accommodation and bothies, which would make things a little easier. When faced with a river that is difficult to cross: Do not attempt alone: Group together and solve the situation as a team. I followed the detour and joined the vehicle track to Benmore Lodge. I now had to follow the A890 for a mile or so. I stopped for lunch in a little fishing hut by the river; what a pleasure it was to sit on a real seat! The Great North Trail links the Pennine Bridleway with the northern tips of mainland Scotland, through some of Britain’s most stunning upland areas and four National Parks. I stopped for a second breakfast and a chat with the occupants. You will all be carrying warm clothes. I really struggled with this climb and was very slow. It is possible to keep socks dry (if already dry) by removing shoes, then socks, replacing shoes and then crossing the river. It wasn’t too bad once I got on top – fairly short grass on hard ground – and I contoured around Bealach na Craise. Above: Claire Maxted facing up stream and using a single trekking pole to steady herself during a river crossing. Instead, look through the water at riverbed features, and occasionally look at the shores to steady your gaze. Look for a high-visibility team of staff. I walked past as quietly as possible so as not to wake them. The first: You have to carry full gear, something that’s not applicable on almost any other UK hike. 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. I’d heard that up past Loch Calavie was best, so that’s the way I chose. My pace had slowed to around 1 mile an hour, but I pushed on as I had got it into my head that I would reach the hotel bar at Kintail Lodge rather than camp at the commercial site. This event requires numerous river crossings – generally expected to be shallow wades. In fact it's only 200 - 250 miles. Today’s weather was sunshine and no wind, turning to showers later. It made me a little concerned about what was ahead of me, but I didn’t chat to him for long. Wildwalkinguk is a blog run by myself and my wife in our spare time, and we pay for its running costs ourselves. This money goes towards the costs of hosting the blog. My route took me along more rough ground before finally picking up a path along Loch a Garbh-bhaid Mor. Today’s weather started bright and dry, with some cloud. I was almost considering paying for a B&B that I’d seen a sign for. It was quite a thrill crossing a bridge with a large sign saying ‘bridge in dangerous condition – users do so at own risk’. Did you know? There are numerous stream crossings, far too many to take your shoes off every time. I had arrived at midday, so I got the place to myself. He had worked on both the Schoolhouse and the Kearvaig bothies). All the trees had been felled and it was a long, difficult slog climbing down to join the track by the river Oykel. Here's how it went, plus a few photos. Not an appealing prospect for a 17-day hike. This can be completed with any larger number of participants. Seek an alternative crossing location / solution. The evening was spent eating, walking along the beach and enjoying this idyllic spot, but it definitely wasn’t warm enough to go for a swim! It was getting fairly late so I walked up the valley and found a lovely spot under the trees. I.e. It became easy enough to follow after a few miles. Sourlies bothy. Secure your kit: Stow all objects into your pockets, including your paper map, GPS units, gloves and food. From Knockdamph Bothy it’s possible to turn off to Ullapool, about 10km away, for resupply and a shower. The views were incredible from here, and no photograph I have does the place justice. I had a couple of weeks free after Christmas so decided to head up north and hike a … We sadly had nothing to burn! (In my defence, it was a really big tree). Even though I was absolutely soaked, I did sort of regret accepting his offer, as his windscreen wipers didn’t work and he certainly didn’t hang around! Study the options and choose a location with the most uniform riverbed and water pattern, and also that is not steep in gradient – do not be drawn to narrow funnels that can possibly be jumped. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but wouldn’t go near it in really bad weather or snow. I headed for Shenavall Bothy which I chose to bypass, staying instead on the path alongside Abhainn Loch an Nid. Thank you so much for your support. I needed to head south, so I left the path and headed over very rough ground. It turned out she had set off from Land’s End in April, and would be leaving the Cape Wrath Trail soon to head for John O’Groats. 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 … Shoes should be kept on. Required fields are marked *. Deviation extent: In worst weathers, deviation distances could be considerable, perhaps over several kilometres. Intervene and go to intercept when a fellow participant appears to be isolating themselves on a solo endeavour or journey. Take river crossings seriously and have foul-weather alternatives planned for the more serious rivers. Abandonment of course by the organisers or participants: Very unlikely, but possible in the very worst weather. I woke early in bright sunshine, and packed up straight away ready to make the most of the day. 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