Epic 100-mile walk finished by Brinsley man and his dog

Bill Pykett with his dog Abi who have just completed a 100 mile trek.
Bill Pykett with his dog Abi who have just completed a 100 mile trek.

A 72-year-old man from Brinsley has successfully completed an epic 98-mile walk which took him from Glasgow to Fort William in just six days.

Bill Pykett of Kings Drive, Brinsley, has completed many cycling and walking expeditions for charity in his time and embarked on this trek known as The West Highland Way in aid of The Dogs Trst.

The retired carpet and window cleaner was joined by his partner Heather Collinge who drove their motorhome as a support vehicle, and his four-year-old rescue German Shepherd, Abi, who walked with him all the way.

Bill explained that he had previously completed Lands End to John O’Groats and Coast to Coast by bike, but as the West Highland Way is the biggest official walk in Scotland, it was another challenge he was keen to do.

He said: “I like walking for start and I had seen something on the TV about the expedition which made me want to do it.

“There was some stunning scenery along the way - Rannoch Moor was really special because of how bleak and wild it was.

“After Glasgow which was busy with local walkers I hardly saw a sole, which I liked.”

The grandfather-of-three told the Advertiser that the highlight of the whole expedition was the night before Rannoch Moor as the stags were roaring around their motorhome all night.

However, it was his dog Abi that got him through the hardest part of the journey - Devils Staircase - as she pulled him up the hill.

Bill added: “She loved the whole walk - I think she would happily do it over and over and she never tired.”

This year Bill will be taking on The Great Glenway from Fort William to Inverness, and he and Heather are also determined to travel to the Artic Circle in the summer.

Anyone wishing to donate to The Dogs Trust should visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.