West Highland Way Day 1 - Milngavie to Balmaha

Saturday 14th April 2012

West Highland Way Day 1 - Milngavie to Balmaha.

This walk was done well before I ever considered having a walking diary website, so the memories of those six days are limited - as are the photographs available for use. So, I'm recording what I have, but it falls short of the records that I would like to present.

The first stage is pretty easy going from the town centre in Milngavie to Drymen, initially through parks, woodland and small lochs (or 'lotches' as John kept reminding our Scottish friend Les). An old railway line path also makes for an easy first half of the day as our West Highland Way commences in fine, dry and sunny conditions.

The walk after Drymen to Balmaha is the best part of the day - climbing gently through a forest, some of which has been cleared with huge piles of logs being stored/dried and then the fantastic climb up Conic Hill, with the most fantastic views over 'Lotch' Lomond.

The lively Oak Tree was our stop for the night although it did seem to get quiet quickly - around 10pm we were the only ones left drinking. Tired walkers all round I guess !

Anyway our WHW was well and truly started

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Distance: 22 miles
Duration: 7:45 hours
Ascent: 2333 ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Accompanied By: Paul, John & Les
Weather: Dry & Fine

3D outline of route