This week’s walks – week 49

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LOCHABER AND LORN RAMBLERS

The walk leader is to be contacted before hand for meet-up and start times. Car sharing usually possible and people can try before they buy. Further information at www.lochaberandlorn-ramblers.org.uk. Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers Group can be contacted by email on info@lochaberandlorn-ramblers.org.uk

Saturday December 8:

Arisaig, Scamadale and Beasdale

A circuit in the rugged hinterland of Arisaig, with coastal and hill scenery. All on paths or tracks, but some rough going with boggy sections. Option to travel on the West Highland Line.
Start from the CP opposite the Post Office in Arisaig village, NM659864. Follow the B8008 NW then turning onto the minor road along the shore for about 400m, until past the cemetery. Pass through a gate and follow the path uphill to rejoin the B8008. Follow it past the Ch and Sch, then fork NE on to a track that continues beyond the A830 to Kinloid Fm. Continue NE on the track for 5Km, crossing the railway at the level crossing, past Sunisletter to reach Scamadale. Climb E on a path, curving SE up through a conifer plantation. It emerges onto the open hillside and climbs more steeply, turning S to reach a col at NM707885, 460m alt. (From here, a diversion may be taken up NW, then N to the summit of Carn a’ Mhadaidh-ruaich, adding 0.8Km and 50m ascent to the route). From the col, follow the path, descending gradually S then SE, to cross the Borrodale Burn at NM712874. Stay on the path, which gradually descends SSW to reach the A830 near Borrodale Ho. Transport required 5mins from start, or train from Beasdale Stn (1.5Km E) at 1627 or 1837.
Grade: M; distance: 14km; height to climb: 556m; map(s): LR40, EX398. Meet at Fort William station for 8.30am dep to Arisaig or Fort William WM at 9am, for start of walk at 10am. Leader: Ian Moir 07973 836498.

Thursday December 13:

Ardsheal Hill and Cuil Bay, Duror

A short climb to the summit of this small hill is well-rewarded with an extensive panorama from the Isle of Mull to the Great Glen.
Start at the Duror VH, NN 002563, where ample parking is available. Climb up the rough track behind the village hall. When the track bends NE towards the telecommunications tower, continue N on a faint path up to the summit of Ardsheal Hill, 263m. Descend W, curving SW down a long spur to reach the beach just E of Rubha Mor. Follow a faint path SE along the shore towards Cuil Bay to join a track, which leads to the public minor road. Follow the road to its junction with the A828 at Duror, then cross over to follow the cycle track back to the VH.
Grade: L; distance: 11km; height to climb: 270m; map(s): LR41/49, EX376. Meet at Longsdale car park, Oban, at 9.15am, or N Ballachulish School at 9.45am for start of walk at 10am. Leader: Graham Innes 01631 562290 or 07767 714503.

NEVIS HILLWALKING CLUB

Full walk details at www.nevis hillwalking.club. If anyone would like to go out on the walk please contact club secretary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email enquiries@nevishillwalking.club.

Sunday December 9:

Sron an Isean, Stob Daimh, Stob Garbh, Loch Awe

Start at the junction of the A85 and the B8077 where parking is available. Walk NE along the road for about half a km and turn left on to a good farm track (leading to Castles Farm). Turn left at the junction to go NW climbing steadily. Continue to the head of the glen and nearly to the end of the track. Leave the track and go NW to the col of Lairig Noe. Climb steeply to Sron an Isean and continue to the summit of Stob Diamh on a fairly narrow and steep ridge. Go south down the ridge and up to Stob Garbh. Then follow the broad ridge SE, then curving ESE to the bridge over the Allt Coire Ghlais to join a track leading back to the start point.
(14km, 1150m ascent) Suggested by John Burton; coordinated by Suzanne Theobald.