A tough little run

Although the weather was once again cold (below freezing) we decided that a short run along the Caledonian Canal towpath would be a good start to the day.

From my parents’ house the start of the canal, at Corpach Basin, is only about 1km away. However, the roads and pavements were still very icy and we decided on a deliberately slow pace to our run – at least until we had reached the canal towpath. Despite the towpath also having a covering of couple of inches of hard snow it hadn’t been compressed enough to turn to ice, so it was actually quite a pleasant surface to run on.

Section of Caledonian Canal near Banavie

My intention was to run a couple of kilometers along the towpath to the top of Neptune’s staircase at Banavie and then to retrace our steps back home. Elaine on the other hand had other ideas and fancied a longer run, and it was only after we reached Torcastle, over 7km from our start point, that she was happy to turn back for the return leg.

At Torcastle there are three tunnels passing under the canal: two carry water from a small stream that flows into the River Lochy, and the third is a cobbled single-track tunnel giving vehicle access to a few houses on one side of the canal. This third tunnel allowed us to pass under the canal and to gain access to the opposite towpath. This path was a bit rougher than the first but after 1 hour and 20 minutes we were back at my parents house.

Frosted plant along Caledonian Canal

I bet that we feel our knees tomorrow – and just in time for another Munro outing!

About Cameron Speirs

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Cameron, has been interested in outdoor pursuits since he was a wee lad. Over the last few decades he has climbed extensively in the Italian Dolomites as well as summiting the Matterhorn and several other 4000m alpine peaks. Closer to home he has spent many wonderful weekends mountaineering and biking in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Skye and Lochaber.
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