Ronald Turnbull - Fear and Loathing at Cape Wrath
and walking there from Fort William
When: Friday 16th May, 16.00
Where: Adventure Theatre, Crow Park
Fort William to Cape Wrath: this could be Britain's best walk – or perhaps our most dreadful. Its 200-odd miles take you through Scotland's outstanding mountain areas: Morar and Knoydart, Torridon, the Great Wilderness, and Assynt. The rewards are great: and the challenges are to match. To the shoulders: a tent and three days food at least. To the feet: there are good stalkers' paths, but also bare rock and bog. To the legs, certainly, over a dozen high passes, and to the map-reading eye.
But most of all, it's a challenge to the imagination. The route described in Ian Harper's Cicerone guidebook is just the start. About 50 fine mountains stand alongside the route: just how many of them do you want today?
RT describes the great walk in words and pictures, with suggestions on planning and survival. And urges you to walk the narrow road to Scotland's Deep North.
RT has been walking backwards and forwards across Britain for a quarter of a century, including 21 coast to coast crossings. His Cape Wrath walk, as originally planned, involved three ferry crossings, 44 mountains, 250 miles and 25,000ft of ascent.