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Fort William to Spean Bridge

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  • Great Glen Way Signpost
    / Great Glen Way Signpost
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  • / Footbridge leaving Fort William on the coastal path
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  • / Saturday, 7 October 2017, 10:17
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  • / Saturday, 7 October 2017, 10:32
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  • / Caledonian Canal
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  • / Saturday, 7 October 2017, 11:19
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  • / Neptune'e Staircase
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  • / Saturday, 7 October 2017, 12:43
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  • / Moy Bridge
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  • / Saturday, 7 October 2017, 14:28
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  • / Saturday, 7 October 2017, 14:53
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The trail begins with an easy walk along the canal, heading up the Great Glen and through woodland that is home to red squirrels.
Distance 24.3 km
4:37 h
124 m
59 m
Enjoy a lovely walk today, with views of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, and you’ll also enjoy the impressive eight locks of Neptune’s Staircase along the Caledonian Canal.  Take in the panorama of the Commando Memorial as you make your way to Gairlochy, then on to Spean Bridge.
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Author
Catherine Allan 
Update: January 24, 2018
Highest point
112 m
Lowest point
-2 m

Tips and hints

This walk appears in the following itineraries:

WSSSKRAIL

Start

Fort William (8 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NN 10508 74181
DD
56.820394, -5.106505
DMS
56°49'13.4"N 5°06'23.4"W
UTM
30V 371429 6299371
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Destination

Spean Bridge

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NN 10508 74181
DD
56.820394, -5.106505
DMS
56°49'13.4"N 5°06'23.4"W
UTM
30V 371429 6299371
w3w 
///stores.carrots.listen
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Rating

3.5
(2)
Robin Turner
June 21, 2021 · Community
Leisurely, and varied for the first half. Long sections on the canal, great if that's what you're looking for. Bit of a road trudge through to Speak Bridge, but mountain views compensate. Lots of cyclists about, have to admit I was a bit jealous.
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Alison Sterley
May 18, 2019 · Community
Additional info, like waypoints would be useful. This route diverts from the Glen.
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Distance
24.3 km
Duration
4:37 h
Ascent
124 m
Descent
59 m

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