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LOCHABER AND LORN RAMBLERS
The walk leader is to be contacted beforehand 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday March 10:
Ben Ledi, Strathyre
This fine hill, situated on the southern edge of the Highlands, is well known to lowland dwellers and is visible from all over the central belt.
Start from the CP across the river from the A84, 1.5Km S of the foot of Loch Lubnaig, NN586091.
Take the footpath W up through conifer forest. On emerging from the trees the path curves SW and continues to climb to the crest of the SE ridge of Ben Ledi at 600m alt. Climb NW to its summit, 879m. Continue NW on the ridge, descending slightly and soon curving N, then descend more steeply NW for 0.5Km to a ring contour at Gualainn Bhuidhe. The easiest descent from here is NE down the fall-line for 0.87Km to a fence and the head of a track at NN5642811125.
Follow the track down into Stank Glen, turning right at the junction before the ford. Continue on the track, curving SE and entering the conifer planatation. Ignoring three more junctions, locate a path off left at NN576104 and follow it down to reach a forest road at a hairpin bend. The road leads down to the cycle track at the shore of the loch. Follow it S back to the start.
Distance: 10km; height to climb: 745m; map(s): LR57, EX365, OL46. Meet at Longsdale CP, Oban, at 8.50am or Glencoe village CP at 9.05am for start of walk at 10.30am. Leader: Sally Cameron 07810 464994 or 01631 740391.
Thursday March 14:
Acharn Bridge to Achagavel, Morvern
A walk through the lonely Gleann Dubh beside the Black Water in a remote corner of Morvern. Now almost deserted, it bears the evidence of human habitation going back centuries, if not millennia.
Start from the CP just N of Acharn Bridge on the A884 road to Lochaline, NM702504. The old bridge , still in place and useable, has been replaced by that carrying the main road. Finds from the cairn just to the N have been dated to the Bronze Age.
Head N on the track through deciduous woodland on the E side of the Black Water. The track crosses the river on a bridge after about 2.2Km and continues to Crosben, just NW of which are traces of a pre-clearance township with 8 or 9 dwellings (NM719543).
Beyond Crosben, the way is reduced to a path that follows the foot of the hill NE along the edge of the flood plain to Lurga. 0.5Km W of here is an old leadmine. There are several ruined drystone buildings at Lurga, at least one of which was used for processing ore and has a water conduit running through it below floor level (NM735553).
Continue on the path for 3Km to Achagavel. There are the remains of four houses here known to have been occupied from 1755, along with evidence of farming. There is at least one modern building which may well be still in use, as the way on from here is up a well made vehicle track leading up to the A884 road at NM771569. Transport required 12Km from start. Limited parking off-road is available in the vicinity.
Distance: 12km; height to climb: 295m; map(s): LR49, EX383. Meet at Coran Ferry slip for 9.15am sailing. Start of walk at 10.15am. Leader: Rick Atkinson 07587 549731.
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 email@example.com.
Saturday March 9:
Gaor Bheinn, Loch Eil
A long but easy approach through Gleann Fionnlighe leads to this twin-topped hill between Loch Eil and Loch Arkaig. Not readily spotted from most directions.
Start from a section of old road off the A830 opposite its junction with the A861 at the foot of Gleann Fionnlighe at NM960794. Limited parking is available. Take the track N into Gleann Fionnlighe. After 2km it crosses the river on a bridge. After a further 1km, turn right on to a path to keep alongside the river. Cross the Allt a’ Choire Reidh on a footbridge and after 500m, leave the path and climb NE up the steep ridge to a small summit at 855m. Turn N to continue up less steeply to the Munro top, 961m. Follow the ridge NNE for 1.3km descending to a col then climbing again to reach the summit of Gaor Bheinn, 987m. The return by the outward route is by far the easiest option.
21km, 1150m ascent Suggested by Gavin Theobald; coordinated by Rick Atkinson.