West Highland Way 7: Kinlochleven - Ft.Williamby Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com Nov/2012
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This final stage of the route nicely rounds off the WHW, running from the attractive wooded shores of Loch Leven and over the desolate high pass of the Lairig Mor beneath the southern flank of the Mamores. A long easy stretch on forest tracks then brings you out in Glen Nevis at the foot of The Ben. That's the scenery done with, and by rights the trail should probably finish here; but of course it continues for a couple of miles of pavement walking into the middle of Fort William.
Distance: 15.33 miles (24.67 km)
Total ascent: 722m
Steepest Gradient: 22% (1 in 5)
Time: 5 – 7 hours (Walking)
Start Stage 6 finished at Kinlochleven's Ice Factor climbing wall, and this is as good a place as any to pick up the thread today, NN187619; Finish Gordon Square, Fort William, NN099737
Fort William and Kinlochleven
A steep initial climb out of Kinlochleven, then much gentler gradients for the rest of the day. The terrain is fairly easy going underfoot and route finding obvious throughout.
The Lairig Mor is a high pass with little shelter - a pretty wild spot in poor winter weather. It's high enough to get a lot of snow on occasion.
Weather and Hill Conditions:
SAIS: Lochaber – mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Long distance buses from Ft.William to Glasgow or Inverness. Rail link to Glasgow. Local buses connecting Ft.William and Kinlochleven.
West Highland Way, Dan Bailey, pb. Pocket Mountains
OS Explorer 384 (1:25,000), OS Explorer 392 (1:25,000), OS Explorer 399 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Ben Nevis (1:40,000), OS Landranger 41 (1:50,000)