Well today was incredible, but gruelling, and disappointing in terms of distance.
We started a steep ascent pretty much straight away, into Nevis forest, with Ben Nevis on our left. This took us high up into the mountains, and soon we were turning off the nice wide forestry track onto a tiny windy track.
This track spent a lot of time going up and down, including some sets of steps which the ponies negotiated smoothly. There were also many many bridges and fords which again the ponies negotiated with ease. Unfortunately the next (and longest) section of the path was very stony, with the rocks moving under their feet the whole time. This made it really hard going for the ponies and we wouldn’t have made it at all without their Cavallo Hoof Boots which so many of the walkers we passed commented on!
The final bit into Kinlochleven was a steep, rocky descent with gravel, ledges, big rocks, basically anything to cause us problems (and we found later that it’s called the Devil’s Staircase which just about sums it up!). The plan was to push on to Kings House, but we had to revise that plan, as the ponies were tired and fed up and they come first.
We spent the night at the back of The Glencoe Inn and The Glencoe Gathering! Thank you again to people being amazingly generous!
Plan is to use one of our precious ‘rest’ days tomorrow to catch up to where we wanted to be.
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