Starting at Fort William and heading inexorably north to the northwestern tip of Scotland, the Cape Wrath Trail is 230 miles long, with around 12,000m of ascent. It’s not actually a trail though, but a route. To make things even harder, Damian and Beth (photographed above in The Alps this summer) are making their attempt in winter. A cheeky little record is just a bonus.”. Instead of taking yet another bus all the way to Cape Wrath, we walked about 8km along a dirt road through MOD territory to Kearvaig bothy, which is an absolutely lovely place to start your journey and is located about 3km before the official start of the Cape Wrath Trail. The book A comprehensive guide to the Cape Wrath Trail, one of the most challenging long distance walks in the UK, published by Cicerone and now in a fully updated Second Edition. Covering 330km (205 miles), the Cape Wrath Trail twists over Britain’s wild northwest from Fort William to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the British mainland. We plan to get some shut-eye in bothies. The Glenfinnan Viaduct, the first landmark along the Cape Wrath Trail. Starting on Thursday 6 th May from Banavie station Fort William and reaching Cape Wrath late morning on Tuesday 18 th May. Starting this Saturday (December 8th), ultra running friends Damian Hall and Beth Pascall hope to do it in less than seven days! In winter.”  We stopped scheming immediately. At 17:31 on Thursday 13th December 2019, the pair reached Cape Wrath and thereby set a … Since then I’ve mostly been just running for fun. Midges prefer dark colours to light ones, so why they make black head nets (and more to the point, why I bought one) is a mystery. I’m nervous about the rivers. The Cape Wrath Trail is often referred to as Britain’s toughest long distance trail, and is an unofficial route through some of the most spectacularly wild … Part of the Cape Wrath Trail in winter conditions. Cape Wrath Trail – Fastest Known Time April 2020 My name is Ben Turner, an adventure athlete currently training to break the Fastest Known Time of the Cape Wrath Trail (CWT) in Scotland. UPDATE (December 13th): Damian Hall and Beth Pascall set a new Fastest Known Time for conquering Britain’s toughest trail on foot. We’ll be self-supported, meaning we can visit the very few shops en route, but though Matt and Ellie are meeting us at intervals to point cameras at us, they won’t be giving us any supplies or any other advantages. High quality Upland gifts and merchandise. There’s no waymarking, it’s not on OS maps and there’s not really an official route; we’ll follow the one suggested by Iain Harper in his excellent Cicerone guidebook, Walking The Cape Wrath Trail. The unmarked path winds 230 miles northwards from Fort William through some of Britain’s most rugged terrain to reach the lighthouse at Cape Wrath, which is the most north-westerly point on the UK mainland. But that may depend on what the weather wants to fling at us. About two years ago I was scheming up winter adventure ideas with my good friends Ellie and Matt Green from Summit Fever Media. Though mainly to my waistline, as I won a huge cake no-one else in my family liked and I hate to see good food wasted. Damian said: “A brilliant few days exploring the golden glens and glorious remoteness of the Scottish Highlands. I learned on February’s Ice Ultra, how much I like that: how silent snow makes the world, how pristine, how it makes you run faster (to stay warm), how much better tea tastes. Oh pants. Still. The Cape Wrath Trail is a 230 mile, 3-week challenge through wild and magnificent landscapes, such as Morar, Knoydart, Torridon and Assynt. The route of the Cape Wrath Trail. At the finish she looked like she hadn’t broken sweat. The CWT is more of a route than a trail because it’s not blazed or way-marked and because you can connect the endpoints using any sequence of trails, 4×4 tracks, paths, roads, or off-trail segments to connect the two endpoints. I’ve had a decent rest, I think, since Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (ed – Damian finished 5th at UTMB). Starting at Fort William and heading inexorably north to the northwestern tip of Scotland, the Cape Wrath Trail is 230 miles long, with around 12,000m of ascent. There are longer UK trails, but none avoid civilisation to the same extent. And thirdly… wait, er, who exactly is going to run it? She was in fourth place overall, as fresh as a daisy and speeding up. There are many variations. It was an intense training block leading up to the world’s biggest 100+ mile race and psychologically I needed a break. Photo: Dave MacFarlane. On the 2015 Spine Race, we ran most of the second half of the race in close proximity. Photo: Mikkel Beisner. We’re primarily running the Cape Wrath Trail to have an adventure, to explore somewhere new, to get our wildness hit (even if much of it will be in the dark). There’ll be about six hours of daylight per 24. The Cape Wrath Ultra® is Scotland’s finest multi-stage ultra running event. This book definitely does justice to the tough character of the trail. As my confidence grew, so did the scale of the coronavirus crisis. Encouragingly I won a local seven-mile multi-terrain race here in Wiltshire. I’ll likely take a THERMOSHELL PRO insulated jacket too, but hopefully won’t need to wear it much. I’ll also take EXTREME THERMO MITTS and EXTREME THERMO SOCKS. Widely regarded as the toughest trail in Britain, the Cape Wrath Trail extends from Fort William (near Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain) to Cape Wrath, the northwesternmost point in … Running Cape Wrath. Regarded as the UK’s toughest trail, the CWT is 230 miles through the remote North West Highlands of Scotland from Fort William to Cape Wrath. Nonetheless, my trip was amazing! Damian Hall finishing the 2018 UTMB in fifth place. Unless things get ridiculous, a cold snap may also mean better underfoot conditions and less hazardous river crossings. We were delighted to support Beth Pascall and Damian Hall's self-supported winter fastest known time (FKT) attempt on the Cape Wrath Trail in December 2019. The route is often many hours’ walk from a road, there’s little to no phone signal (both a good but also potentially bad thing) and river crossings can get pretty serious (people have gone for their last swim in them). The Cape Wrath Trail from Fort William to the northwestern tip of Scotland is regarded as Great Britain’s toughest trail. The Cape Wrath Trail is acclaimed as Britain’s wildest, most remote and toughest trail. Wildly remote and packing in around 12,000m of ascent, the 230-mile route usually takes trekkers around three weeks to complete. 27th January 2019. Cape Wrath Trail: Strathcarron to Inchnadamph ( May 2014) Lagrannoch Boy: 21/05/2014: 4: … Now I’m a freelance, I can (kind of) afford to allow myself time to complete the Trail in my own time, at a pace that suits the conditions and my own fitness. It usually takes trekkers around three weeks. Kit: WINTER TIGHT, EXTREME THERMO MITTS. Beating the freezing temperatures – and the competition – at the Ice Ultra in the Arctic wilderness. It’s all Ellie’s fault. I was in third place, hurting, but desperate to hold onto the last podium spot. I walked the Cape Wrath Trail in the summer of 2017. Questions about the hike? The Cape Wrath Trail is notoriously wild, remote and inhospitable, the terrain it winds through is regarded as the last true wilderness in Britain. We’d only just started, when Ellie said, “I know! Here’s what to expect: 1.Wet feet What’s the difference? I couldn’t run for seven weeks afterwards. The route is roughly 230 miles, and it took me 15 days to walk it north to south. Cape Wrath Trail Tip 4 – take seven days’ food Cape Wrath Trail Tip 5 – Wear a Green Midge Head Net. Hardly good training for Cape Wrath, but a boost nonetheless. This time I may have to furtively transfer my custard rations into her pack so slow her down. I’m really liking the new X-TALON 260 ULTRA shoes too, which, with an aggressive grip for soft ground and a wider fit, are designed for just this sort of thing. This is my Cape Wrath Trail, which I walked alone and unsupported in 2004. Damian en route to winning the 230km Ice Ultra in February 2018. In 2020 I also walked a major part of it south to north on my Dover to Cape Wrath walk. Two runners have completed the UK’s toughest long-distance trail in a record-breaking time. Firstly, we didn’t know of anyone who’d run the Cape Wrath Trail in winter – probably for good reason. Ben Turner is looking to break the record for the Cape Wrath Trail. I kept a daily log on the walk and in the months that followed I expanded this into a … Dry shelter and wet company. The Cape Wrath Trail does not offer hikers the luxury of certainty: flexibility is a critical part of the trailblazer’s mountain kit. Photo by Iain Harper (Walking The Cape Wrath Trail). * Damian Hall and Beth Pascall will start their Cape Wrath Trail FKT attempt on the morning of Saturday December 8th. Iain has found a good balance between guiding the reader in rough terrain and offering challenging or safer alternatives. An ex-solider is attempting to smash the current record for the time taken to navigate a tough Highland route by more than 40 hours. I imagine the LONG SLEEVE MERINO HOODIE which, it will be thrilled to know, is in my top-three favourite pieces of inov-8 clothing, will get some use. The current FKT, set by Poland’s Przemek Szapar in April this year, is seven days, nine hours and 31 minutes. Kit will be key and I have a feeling I’ll be grateful of my PROTEC-SHELL jacket and new WINTER TIGHTS, which worked really well at the Ice Ultra. Mount Wilson Trail Race, May 26,2012, Sierra Madre California ... How NOT to do the Cape Wrath Ultra (250 miles in 8 … The Cape Wrath Trail is not way-marked at any time and often you will find yourself in pathless terrain. The Cape Wrath Trail runs from Fort William to Cape Wrath on Scotland’s northwest coast, for approximately 280 miles. At the end of a long and (truthfully) somewhat boring walk along Loch Eil’s southern shore, I finally reached a point where I could leave the asphalted road behind and start heading north along a … They run and hiked the 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail in Scotland in a time of 4 days, 9 hours and 43 minutes, bettering the previous record by a massive 3 days! I’m a little bit frightened. Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to connect an account. The Cape Wrath Trail is the expedition of a lifetime, traversing 200 miles of Scotland's wildest and most beautiful country. This error message is only visible to WordPress admins. Hopefully this jaunt will be mostly type one and two-level fun. Part of the Cape Wrath Trail in winter conditions. Cape Wrath / ˈ r æ θ / (Scottish Gaelic: Am Parbh, known as An Carbh in Lewis) is a cape in the Durness parish of the county of Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland.It is the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain. All Posts, Athlete Stories, UPDATE (December 13th): Damian Hall and Beth Pascall set a new Fastest Known Time for conquering Britain’s toughest trail on foot. Day 2: Kearvaig Bothy - Sandwood Bay The Cape Wrath Trail (CWT) The CWT is not a way-marked trail. At 17:31 on Thursday 13th December 2019, the pair reached Cape Wrath and thereby set a new winter FKT of. And it’s not really a trail. Photo: Mikkel Beisner. We’re all passionate about showcasing this country as a place for genuine adventure (we met on the Spine Race after all). Ourea Events also organises the Dragon’s Back Race®, site ©2020 Cape Wrath Ultra® | photography ©Steve Ashworth / Jimmy Hyland / Rob Howard | video ©Steve Ashworth / SFM Films, Entries open May 1st 2019 - find out more. Get To Grips With Trail Running – A Beginner’s... Jasmin Paris becomes first woman to win Spine Race... Running duo attempt to break 230-mile Cape Wrath Trail record, Nicky Spinks Completes Double Ramsay Round, Zegama: A Mountain Running Race Like No Other, 30 New Year’s Resolutions to help motivate, from inov-8 ambassadors. It made the Cape Wrath Trail seem all the more appealing; I felt more confident than ever that this would be the attempt that took me all the way to Cape Wrath’s storm-blown lighthouse. The Cape Wrath Trail is regarded as the toughest long-distance route in Britain and offers unparalleled freedom and adventure to the experienced and self-sufficient backpacker prepared to walk for many days in remote wilderness. The X-TALON 260 ULTRA – aggressive grip for soft and muddy ground plus a wider fit. The rest of it, I can’t wait for. Essential reading: The best treks in the world In December 2018, Damian Hall and Beth Pascall attempted to break the Cape Wrath Trail self supported 'fastest known time' (FKT) of 7 days, 9 hours and 31 minutes. Highlights of my CWT hike in February 2019. I can see the last aspect especially making me a bit grumpy. Kit: TERRAULTRA G 260, TRAIL SHORTS, TEE. The Cape Wrath Trail doesn’t exceed 750 metres of elevation at any point – but you’re not in for an easy ride. So to mix things up for Cape Wrath, we’ve invited fellow Great Britain trail runner Beth Pascall (4th woman at the 2018 UTMB) along. I met Beth on the Spine Race too. 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