Karen walking in footsteps of Local Hero movie as part of trip through Lochaber

Karen checks her route through Lochaber this week. NO F49 Karen penny 02
Karen checks her route through Lochaber this week. Photograph: Alison Durbin. NO F49 Karen penny 02

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Karen Penny is on a mission to walk 19,000 miles circumnavigating the British and Irish coastline and is pounding the streets of Lochaber this week when she passed through the peninsula covering Fort William to Mallaig via Ardnamurchan taking in the most westerly point of mainland UK.

Our correspondent on the peninsula, Nic Goddard, caught up with Karen for a chat as she was walking along the beaches of Arisaig and Morar,
made famous in the film Local Hero, which happens to be her favourite movie, meaning she has felt a real connection with the area.

Karen, pictured, spoke to Lochaber Times correspondent Nic Goddard while walking the beaches of Arisaig and Morar this week. NO F49 Karen Penny
Karen, pictured, spoke to Lochaber Times correspondent Nic Goddard while walking the beaches of Arisaig and Morar this week. Photograph: Alison Durbin.
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Karen told the Lochaber Times: ‘I’ve enjoyed such great hospitality here. Since I arrived on the peninsula, I have not had a single night in my tent.
People are so welcoming, I’ve had offers of places to stay and met such interesting people.

‘I arrived at Ardgour and passed through Strontian. I walked yesterday to the Ardnamurchan point and saw the lighthouse and I’m heading to Mallaig tonight. So many people have joined me on my walk, everyone is so friendly.’

Karen said she has enjoyed the cold weather that has accompanied her on this part of the walk. ‘My rucksack is pretty heavy so I tend to sink on the boggy ground. I’ve been loving the frozen hard walks this past week!’

Despite already covering some picturesque parts of the country, Karen confided that she has been blown away by the beauty of Ardnamurchan. ‘The sunrises and sunsets have just been magnificent. I’ve seen stags and seals. This has definitely been the most beautiful part of my walk so far.’

Karen’s walk, which will take around four years in total, covers the coast of UK and Ireland and the 20 largest islands and will be a record-breaking project as she will be the first woman to achieve this.

Having already taken on several such challenges, including the length of
Britain, this is the ultimate walk. Karen explained: ‘Every step, every day is just so wonderful.

‘Every morning I wake and say to myself if today is just half as good as
yesterday it’s going to be a brilliant day. My walk here through Ardnamurchan has been filled with brilliants days.’

Karen is raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK
and is already nearly halfway to her £100,000 target despite having over two years of her walking challenge still ahead of her.

She has a further week in the Lochaber area and would love company along the way for any part of her walk. Check out her Facebook page – ‘Karen Penny, the penny rolls’, for details of her planned route.

 

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Karen checks her route through Lochaber this week. Photograph: Alison Durbin.

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