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Thursday, 21 June 2007

DAY 111: Strath Dionard to Strath More

Tuesday 19th June 2007
Today: 13.5 miles
Total so far: 1578.3 miles
Percentage Completed: 94.5%

LEJOG DAY 111

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We left the fisherman's hut after stewed apple & custard and lots of coffee and biscuits for breakfast - a solid start to the day.


Richard, Loch Dionard & Foinaven

Then it was a delightful amble up to Loch Dionard on the well made track. We chose the right hand side of the loch and slowly made or way round the rough ground, watching a fisherman being rowed by his ghillie up and down the lake as he tried fruitlessly for brown trout. We tried to work out how much the client was paying for his non-fishing day; coming up with a figure of £500 for a day including board and lodgings - it will be interesting to see how much it is in reality and what you could do with that money if fishing for a week!

We sat outside the bothy with the solar panels and electric sockets and had our first lunch of the day and then set off up the track to climb out of Strath Dionard. The views became more and more inspiring as we climbed, so we had a second lunch just before the top to lie there and take it all in. This was not a big day, so we thoroughly enjoyed loafing and listening to the bird calls.

Foinaven positively sparkled in the sunshine and we could see almost to Cape Wrath in the north west and over to Ben Hope to the north east.

The way down was straight forward. We passed a couple; the girl was talkative, the chap totally non-communicative; very strange. She explained that they were doing a 70 mile circular walk and she was having a great time. We don't know how he felt as he barely grunted an acknowledgement of our presence. Ho hum.

We made it safely down to the strath and at about our camp spot paddled across the river (well, Richard did!) to the quieter side (no sheep) to while away the evening finishing Richard's Laphroaig beneath the enormous bulk of Ben Hope.

Deer, Strath More

A great day.

3 comments:

  1. Alan, been following your exploits from France. Very impressed and not a little envious of your trek. Bro' Dave keeps me updated and I promise you will have a donation for your very worthy cause - when I find my wallet ! Keep going and look forward to meeting you in the not too distant future. Very best wishes. John Illy

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  2. 'how much the client was paying for his non-fishing day; coming up with a figure of £500 for a day including board and lodgings - it will be interesting to see how much it is in reality'

    perhaps a wee bit less but there's not a better way to spend money, that loch is something special...

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  3. Hi 'redsalmon' and thanks for popping in.

    You are right: Loch Dionard is in an incredibly beautiful place. In fact, with a bit of time and money to spare, I can think of nothing nicer than a spot of fly fishing there. As to spending a week and a small fortune doing it...
    Each to his own, I mean - I spent seventeen weeks walking this walk!

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