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16 November 2017

GRADE B: Between 8.5 - 20.5 miles a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof hiking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds.

This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. On some days you may have up to 4500 feet of ascent and/or descent. You will be walking through Farms & on Trackless Moorland. You will start hiking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 6pm.

You MUST be very fit to achieve your goal to go Coast to Coast. You MUST also have good map reading skills because the route is not waymarked or, at times, very visible on the ground. The mountains can be shrouded in mist or rain, and you MUST be prepared for this.
For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to hike alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you hike for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.

These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.

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GRADE C+: Between 9 - 14 miles (14 - 22kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 3500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farms and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 6pm.

You MUST be very fit to achieve your goal to go Coast to Coast. You MUST also have good map reading skills because the route is not waymarked or, at times, very visible on the ground. The mountains can be shrouded in mist or rain, and you MUST be prepared for this.
For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.

These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.

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GRADE C: Between 9 - 12 miles (14 - 19kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 2500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farms and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 5pm.

For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.

These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.

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GRADE D: Between 8 - 11 miles (13 - 18 kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Light Waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. No more than 1000 feet ascent and/or descent a day. Footpaths through farmland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 4pm.

These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.

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GRADE E: Between 6 - 9 miles (10 - 14kms a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Light Waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. No more than 1000 feet ascent and/or descent a day. Footpaths through farmland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 4pm.

These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.

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GRADE F: Between 3 - 6 miles (5 - 10kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Light Waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. No more than 500 feet ascent and/or descent a day. Footpaths through farmland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 4pm.

The grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.

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Just want to let you know that grandson Tommy & I really enjoyed the hike and all of your scheduling and accommodations were excellent! We even had pretty good weather with some rain & cold & wind, but nothing severe. Your timing was good, too, as it snowed the night after we arrived in Fort William and all of the mountain tops were covered in snow!

All of the B&B`s were really nice and enjoyable - very friendly. It was a good introduction to Scotland for Tommy and another wonderful experience for me. The West Highland Way is a nice way to see that area and we met lots of friendly hikers from other places - even some from Scotland. Glasgow and Edinburgh are interesting & fun, but the walk was our most favorite part of the adventure. We hope to do more! Thanks for helping to make this a memorable experience

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Jack & Tommy from Hot Springs, North Carolina
West Highland Way Hike the West Coast Scotland