Chris Bowness Landscape | The best laid plans....

The best laid plans....

April 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I have been looking forward to walking the first week of the Cape Wrath Trail for many months. I was due to start yesterday, walking from Fort William, up past Glenfinnan, through Knoydart and ending up at Glen Shiel. Once I got to Glen Shiel I planned to spend a couple of days taking pictures before catching the bus back to Fort William.

I went to Edinburgh on Thursday afternoon for a work meeting and not paying attention to where I was going, I tripped in Princes Street and twisted my ankle. It was a sore one and I must admit that once I realised what had happened I swore loudly and startled the unfortunate passers-by.  I must look where I am walking but there were so many interesting buildings....

After catching the train and limping home I took a picture of my ankle and sent it to my friend Bob, whom I was due to start the walk with the very next day. On seeing my message, Bob pointed out that a bad ankle in rough isolated country was not the best idea...

Swollen ankleSwollen Left AnkleThis is what happens when you pay too much attention to Edinburgh architecture than you do to looking where you are walking! I was however in denial on Thursday night and determined to press on,  I was thinking that I could maybe manage the walk the next day but, by the morning, common sense kicked in and I realised that my walk was off. In the afternoon, I drove Bob up to Fort William and dropped him off to catch the ferry across Loch Linnhe. With a heavy heart I watched him march off fully laden for 2-3 weeks of walking through 200 miles of rough country up to Cape Wrath. I returned home to my comfortable couch and a week or two of inactivity - at least it is nothing permanent.


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