One of the more pleasant experiences of my West Highland Way trip was finding a quiet spot on the shores of ‘Bonnie Lomond’ to spend the night.
I had little to eat and was tired from the day’s walk, yet none of this mattered. It was a truly stunning evening in May and the atmosphere was heavy with the remnants of the day’s heat. The loch was still, seemingly solid, and offered a perfect mirror image of a reddening sky.
I got comfortable leant against a tree and sipped tea made with the bubbling waters from a nearby burn.
A simply perfect experience, and just reward you for all those nights in storms waiting for daylight.
After decamping in the morning, and carefully removing all trace of my bedroom, I regained the path and continued down the loch.
Peering into the woods which fringe this huge expanse of water, I saw numerous camps which hadn’t been cleared, accompanied by beer cans and other detritus.
This saddened me, as it does whenever I see such miserable piles of trash in the ‘outdoors’.
For Lomond, it appears the problems are now worse.
A story on the BBC’s site suggests new camping bylaws to counter irresponsible behaviour. Lomond obviously suffers due to its relative accessibility, a problem that prevails in many parts of the Peak and Lake districts.
These places should be for all, but this is clearly a case of the few spoiling it not just for the back packing ‘few’, but for the many who enjoy this fabulous place.