This week’s walks – week 51

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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 22:

Glas Bheinn and Meall nam Maigheach, Kinlocheil

A short walk for a short winter’s day with great views down Loch Eil towards Ben Nevis.
Start from a loop of the old road at Garvan on the A861, NM977779, 2Km SW of its junction with the A830 at Kinlocheil. Ample parking is available.
Follow the road SW for 250m then turn S on the track for 1Km to the confluence of the N and S Garvan Rivers.
Leave the track, heading W alongside the N Garvan River, cross a fence and the Allt a’ Mhuuaich, then climb W up the increasingly steep rough slope to the summit of Meall nam Maigheach, 503m.
Head SW for 1.4Km to the summit of Glas Bheinn. Note that the trig point lies 80m SE of the true summit.
Return to the start by the outward route.

Grade: M+; distance: 10km; height to climb: 702m; map(s): LR40, EX391. Meet at Fort William WM at 9am for start of walk at 9.30am. Leader: Kate Willis 07899 783279.

Thursday December 27:

Fraochaidh, Duror

A readily accessible Corbett with fine views of surrounding hills.
Start at the CP opposite Duror School, NM988547, where there is parking for several cars.
Take the cycle track on the opposite side of the A828 and follow this towards Kentallen.
Turn off the cycle track just after passing under the old railway bridge and follow a forest track, trending SE to its end at NN014538.
A path then winds steeply up S to the top of the forest. On emerging from the forest, head for a small lochan at NN013529 and then continue up pathless terrain S and then SE first to the small top above Coire na Capuill and then less steeply SE to the summit of Fraochaidh 879m. Return via the same route to the CP at the school..

Grade: S; distance: 14m; height to climb: 980m; map(s): LR41/49, EX376/384392. Meet at Longsdale car park, Oban at 8.30am or N Ballachulish School at 9am for start of walk at 9.15am. Leader: Nigel Clark 07555812970.

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 15:

Sgurr an Utha, Fraoch-bheinn, Glenfinnan

A steep but short day on this accessible Corbett, on the summit of which garnets may be found. Good views in all directions of a rugged and varied landscape.
Start from the lay-by on the S side of the A830 just W of the bridge over the Allt an Utha, NM873816.
Cross the bridge to the start of a forestry track and follow it NW to a junction just before a bridge over Allt an Utha NM872823.
Turn E and follow the steep ATV track up to its end at NM880826. Continue E up the open slope to reach the level spur of Druim na Brein-choille, whence there are excellent views along Loch Eil.
Head NNE along the spur and up until the terrain levels again at about 730m altitude.
Turn NNW and head directly for the col between Sgurr an Utha and Fraoch-bheinn, 735m.
Climb W up to the summit of Sgurr an Utha.
Return to the col and walk E up to the summit of Fraoch-bheinn.
Descend SE to Tom na h-Aire, then SSW down to Glenfinnan Station.
Distance: 9km; height to climb: 750m.
Suggested by Gavin Theobald; coordinated by Gerry Gilbert.