Bexi did it the West Highland Way

A GREENFIELD youngster put her best foot forward to take in some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery during a summer holiday to remember.

Nick and Bexi

And Bexi Parkin’s 182-kilometre traverse of the West Highland Way has whetted her appetite for future hikes.

Accompanied by dad Nick, the pair took eight days to complete the route from Milngavie to Fort Williams, taking time out to climb Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Not even daily rain and the Highlands’ notorious midges deterred the duo who, apart from one night at a Bed and Breakfast, spent nights under canvas.

A pupil at Bluecoat School, 14-year-old Bexi got the walking bug after taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

“She really enjoyed the challenge and it seemed like as good a time as any to give it ago,” explained Nick.

“We decided to back pack it all because you can send on your equipment in advance each day if you want.

“So, Bexi carried all her own kit, including her camping equipment. We normally walked six to eight hours a day, averaging about 22 kilometres.

“From memory, we did around 16,699 feet of ascent as the route is designed to take in all the views.

“It rained every day, sometimes torrential, but then there would be blue skies. Typical Scottish weather really.”

Bexi enjoying the walk

Bexi added: “Before the West Highland Way, I’d only ever walked for two days.

“Walking for eight consecutive days was a much more rewarding experience. It gave me the opportunity to see many different kinds of terrain and connect with the outdoors.

“I also met lots of other backpackers from around the world. I loved every minute of every mile and can’t wait to do another.”

After successfully crossing the finishing line thoughts quickly turned to the possible next trip.

“We’re looking at doing the Great Glen Way, “said Nick. “I did it in a canoe for charity a few years ago so it would be good to go back with Bexi.”

 

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