FRIDAY 10 MAY, 2013
PORT HENDERSON TO LOWER DIABAIG – 12 MILES 7 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, BILL, GEORGE MAC, ALEX, IAN, ALAN J, ALAN T, JAMES, COLIN, STEWART AND PAUL
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1137 MILES
Another enjoyable evening was spent in our hotel bar and after a good sleep and breakfast we set off back to Port Henderson. After dropping us Ian had a thirty five mile drive round to our pick up point. It was lovely sunshine when we set off along the sea edge towards Sron na Carra. Underfoot conditions were good with a path of sorts and we soon reached the lovely sands at Opinan. We crossed the river Erradale and after a short distance made our way up onto the road to bypass a gully and what appeared to be some hazardous crags. After stopping briefly at the viewpoint above Redpoint we made our way down to the sands and had a welcome tea stop. Setting off again we followed the marked path through Redpoint Farm onto the beautiful sands to the south of Redpoint. The weather had changed and it was starting to rain as we walked on the beach passed the old fishing station and joined the path to Craig. The path was clearly visible and never wandered far from the sea. There is an open bothy at Craig should shelter be required. From the bothy there is an uphill climb of three hundred feet before an easy walk round the hillside to Diabaig. We emerged onto the road at Diabaig and walked downhill to the sea edge at Lower Diabaig and the end of the days walk.
Summary; The six miles of well walked path from Redpoint to Diabaig is easy to follow but is very eroded and rough at parts. There are also one or two parts where we had to scramble over rocks. The wet conditions added to the need for care on this stretch.
Highs; Some great beaches. The amazing hamlet of Lower Diabaig.
Lows; The long journey back to Gairloch.
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