Having grown up in the UK I am obviously familiar with the crappy weather that can be the norm, especially up north. I am thinking of doing the WHW as my first longer backpacking trip back in the UK in 2019 but wasn't sure when the best weather window was. Here in the US when planning for the best weather and fewer mosquitoes we plan for mid-August to mid-September. Is this also a fairly decent window for the WHW? Also, while I don't mind hiking solo for shorter trips I'd love to find someone to go with as I find the longer trips much more fun with company, especially in camp. I don't know a single person in the UK who enjoys backpacking so where would I start to look for people who might be interested in doing this?