Day 162 : Cove – Aultbea

I did not quite make it to Cove yesterday so I make my way back to where I finished yesterday. Later on my sister and brother-in-law will join me nearer Poolewe where they will walk with me.

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Walk Date :                11th Oct 2015
Mileage :                     14.90 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,543.39 miles
Accommodation :      Loch Gruinard Caravan Park, Lairde

Along the coast I come to a memorial to an American Liberty Ship opposite Fura Island in Black Bay, the USS William H. Welch . It was grounded in a fierce storm on the 26th February 1944. The memorial was constructed by local crofters in honour of 62 seamen who lost there lives. There were 12 survivors who were rescued from the beach by the locals at Cove and taken to a hotel in Gairloch which was being used as a hospital.

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I reach a concrete anti-aircraft battery at the mouth of the loch at the end of the road at Cove and continue along Loch Ewe to Firemore with it’s rock and sandy beach. I think some wild camping is allowed on the grass above the beach.

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Loch ewe during the Second World War was the main gathering point for the North Atlantic sea conveys. The loch was ideal as it was a deep water sea loch and well sheltered with a narrow entrance and easy access to the Atlantic.

It was nice to meet up with Maureen and Terry who were walking up the road to meet me. We continued on together into Poolewe.

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Poolewe consists of a main street, St Maelrubha’s Church, hotel, Village Hall and a Camping and Caravanning Club site. There is also Inverewe gardens a green sub-tropical oasis of foliage, colourful flowers and shrubs due to the warm currents of the Gulf stream.

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I continue on for about three miles to a viewpoint between Poolewe and Aultbea where I finish for today.