Well the Vetter’s comments about my suggested route are back, and it looks as though I could have picked a drier route underfoot in Waterworld.
Selected comments from different days include;
- the open ground can be very wet as you will be crossing a flood plain
- can after periods of rain be very wet and boggy
- prone to be very wet and boggy
- it IS wet and boggy
- can become flooded………
So let’s get this straight, what I appear to have planned is a 200 mile walk through this !
Luckily Alvar and Ann come up with plenty of suggestions of where to get some shelter if the heavens open and I’m mightily impressed with their encyclopaedic knowledge of every inch of Scotland. They’ve provided some really useful information, so many thanks to them both. I can see what a valuable job the vetter’s do.
I can also see now that I’ve made things a little bit difficult for myself by going against the grain for the first few days and heading south……. which means I have no easy way of avoiding some river crossings without lengthy detours east or west. Hey Ho, I live and learn…..or swim.
I’ve been asked to provide an alternative Foul Weather Route to avoid a high section over Lochnagar if the weather turns nasty, and I have to admit that my original FWA did still go a bit high (Munro height…oops !).
The great thing about all this planning, and something I didn’t expect, is that my chosen route has really started to feel quite personal even if I know thousands have trod that way before. I’ve started to feel like it’s my route, as though I’d just written a trail guide.
Anyway enough of the misty eyed nonsense…….where did I leave those waders and arm bands.