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So I have a longing to do a long-distance walk in the UK next May and have settled ( I think) on the West Highland Way. I am looking at a small company that will arrange lodging for the eight nights, and luggage transfer. There will be four of us and I am trying to fit in some other places on either side of the walk, including the Lake District and York. I have come up with a tentative plan and would like suggestions or comments.

We would be coming from Istanbul, after spending time there. I discovered a direct flight to Manchester from IST on Turkish Air, arriving at 15:05. I found schedules for trains directly from MAN to Penwith ( some with a change at Preston). From Penwith we can catch a bus to Keswick, and they run late enough I don't think we'd have any trouble there.

Thinking of 2 or 3 nights in Keswick to do some hiking , and bicycling if the weather permits.

From Keswick we return to Penwith to ride the train up to Glasgow ( direct train, no changes, about 1.5 hours). At Glasgow we would need a bus, taxi, or car service to take us to Drymen where we start the walk the following day. I haven't looked into that yet.

The walk ends at Fort William, and the flollowing day we would ride the slow train through the Highlands back to Glasgow, changing there for the short ride to Edinburgh. Spend one night there, and then we would train to York, also for one night. Then train down to London for one last night before flying home ( we might go back to Windsor for this night, not sure on that).

Does it should OK? Too much? Too little? I know one night each in Edinburgh and York is not much, but mainly we like to walk around and get a sense of a place to see if we want to return for a longer time. Flights are already booked so I can't extend the time. The overall trip, counting time in Istanbul, will be three weeks.

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