DUNCANSBY HEAD to THE HAVEN
Time left - 9am
Time finished - 150pm
Time took - 4 hours 50 mins.
Distance 20 Kms/12.5 Miles.
Obstacles - The paths were of a reasonable state from the start to just after John O'Groats. At Huna there is vehicle scrapyard also, there is seaweed on the rocks bit further on, after that some of the embankments are collapsed in various locations. This is why part of route is a road walk to Gills Bay. You can however walk along the Foreshore but, care should be taken when walking along the boulders etc. It will take slightly longer of course.
CHANGE OF ROUTE
Due to finding that the path/track from St John's Point at 31093 74555 to Castle of Mey has eroded and the stone walls collapsed and unsafe I have had to look at another route for this area. There is a path leading from St John's Point to the corner of the B Road proceed to the gate at 31163 74445 then make your way along the B Road/Track to 29347 74555 this will get you back onto the Way.
CHANGE OF ROUTE
Gills Bay westward access. There has to be a small route change, this is due to new both wooden and electric fencing that has been erected making it very difficult.
I am at the present moment speaking with land owners to sort the new route.
Will keep you all up to date.
Have now agreed with land owners (Castle of Mey) a new route. Now awaiting permission to put up markers.
Walk past Gills Bay entrance, take the first road to the right and walk to the end, then turn right onto the main road up to the Sheep Pen at 31997 730028.
I have located a small gap in the gorse which you can get through. 31997 74232 its approximately 20M from the cliffs. From there go to the gate at 31163 74445. Still awaiting permission for markers.