Following the tragic death of a close friend to brain injury in 2020, 41-yearold Lenka Brunclikova, originally from the Czech Republic but now living in the Lake District, decided to take on a gruelling outdoor challenge for Headway across some of the most varied and exciting scenery in Scotland.
Lenka hiked the 96-mile route of the beautiful West Highland Way, over rugged mountains and past expansive loch shores.
Talking about the challenge, Lenka explained: “I did the Hadrian’s Wall trail last year, on my own with my teddy bear Hugo, and it was an absolutely great experience for me so I knew I would be taking on another trail as soon as possible.
“From all the choices I chose the West Highland Way because it’s in the amazing nature of Scotland. So I took my tent, sleeping bag and other essentials and couldn’t wait to start my adventure.
“The third day of the trail was definitely the most difficult, with other walkers struggling physically and mentally as well. The section was exhausting and seemed never-ending, with lots of ups and downs.
But I got through it, and to others who are taking on a similar challenge I’d say enjoy the walking itself, not just the finish. It’s not a competition and it’s really worth taking your time in this great environment.
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