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Charity challenge tackles West Highland Way

Posted 29 March 2011
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Charity challenge tackles West Highland Way
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Walking boots, rucksacks and waterproof jackets will be much in evidence among a group of youngsters with special needs as they aim to raise funds by walking the 96 miles of the West Highland Way.

A team of seven youngsters and five teachers from Ochil Tower School in Auchterarder will be raising funds for the John Muir Trust conservation body as they walk from Milngavie to Fort William.

Of these, three of the teachers and five of the pupils - aged between 15 and 17 - will take on the entire trek, while the others will provide support.

The teenagers have a range of difficulties ranging from tourettes to autism and teacher at the school Neil Snellgrove said the challenge will help them.

He stated: "There are huge benefits for mental health to be had from being in the outdoors. As well as the sense of peace and quiet you encounter, it builds up resilience and increases self-esteem."

Those walking along the West Highland Way may wish to note wild camping is now banned in the summer months along part of the route, Loch Lomond's east shore between Drymen and Rowardennan.