This week’s walks – 02.05.19

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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 info@lochaberandlorn-ramblers.org.uk

Thursday May 9: Cam Chreagh and Beinn Chaorach, Tyndrum

There are five splendid Corbetts here, all of which may be done in one long summer’s day. In mid winter two of them will make a good day out.

Start on the Auch estate road about 100m SE of its junction with the A82, NN317353, where limited parking is available. Further parking may be found on the verge of the A82, just south of the turning to Auch and 700m further S at a forest road entrance. Follow the estate road to Auch and continue past the farm and over the bridge. Cross WHW and stay on the track to reach the railway viaduct. Turn right and follow the track leading SE up Glen Coralan. When the track ends, continue a rising traverse up Glen Coralan, curving NE to reach the watershed on the boundary line, identified by a fence. Turn E and climb steeply to reach the crest of the NW ridge of Cam Chreag and follow it to the summit, 884mLR. Descend SW to a col, 638m, then climb to the summit of Beinn Chaorach, 818m. Descend S on a long sloping ridge to reach a track at about 350m alt. Follow it downhill, turning S to reach the CP at Auchtertyre. Transport required, 10 minutes from start.

Grade: M+; distance: 14km; height to climb: 860m; map(s): LR50, EX377; meet at: Glencoe car park NN 098 587 at 0850 or Longsdale CP Oban at 0840 for start of walk at 0930.
Leader: Toril Frantzen 07788 264007.

Saturday May 11: Druim Fada, Locheil

A new approach and descent to this hill with much of the approach and return being along forestry paths.

Start at the car park off the A830 at NN040784. Walk N up the forestry track. After 1km take right path (W) at junction. Continue to next junction and turn left (N). Continue uphill ignoring 2 paths on right. Continue on path for 200m to take rough steep path on right (N) for approx. 1km to stream at edge of forestry with gate visible just ahead uphill. Cross stream and go through gate onto open hillside. Follow bearing of 22 deg (NNE) for 1.4km over open hillside to reach the top of the ridge (spot height 635m). Walk E along the ridge to the trig point 716m at NN055817. Continue E along the ridge to Stob a’ Ghrianain NN087823 744m. From the summit descend SE for approx. 1.2km to reach the ridge above Coire an Lightuinn. Continue on ridge for 1.5km then descend S to E edge of forestry plantation. Continue downhill with boundary fence on Right to gate at NN110804. Though gate and descend on rough path for 200m reaching start of Forestry track W. Ignore 2 tracks on R (W) then keep R when meeting path from L. Track descends gently and at NN087780 follow track on R down to boundary gate. Leave Forestry and continue L downhill to cars at houses (NN082771).

Grade: M+; distance: 21km; height to climb: 850m; Maps LR41, EX392. Meet at Fort William WM NN 112 742 at 0900 for start of walk at 0930.
Leader: Trevor Jones 07831 437454.

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.

Saturday May 4: An Caisteal, Beinn a’ Chroin, Crianlarich

Two fine hills at the head of Glen Falloch. Do one or both. Although they look grassy from below, both hills have some interesting rocky sections on their upper slopes.
Start at the long lay-by on the A82 2Km SW of Crianlarich, NN369238. Follow the track SE, under the railway, across the River Falloch and continue for about 1 Km to a junction. Leave the track and head S up to Sron Garbh, 709m. Continue S along the bumps and turns of Twistin Hill and climb the N ridge of An Caisteal to its summit, 995m. * Descend S, curving SSE to the col, Bealach Buidhe at 805m. Climb steeply on a zig-zag path through crags to the summit plateau of Beinn a Chroin. The Munro summit is at NN387185 – the central summit, 942m. It can be difficult to identify. There is a small lochan 28m to the east of it. Continue to the East Top, 940m, then descend its N ridge into Coire Earb. Follow the River Falloch down the glen until the track appears leading back to the start.
* For an alternative descent from An Caisteal, omitting the 2nd Munro, head down SW, curving NW, following the ridge to Stob Glas, 710m. Descend NNW, curving N, cross the Allt Andoran and continue N across moorland. Keep E of some fenced re-planted areas to reach the outward track back to the start.
Distance: 12km *10km; height to climb: 1000m *860m. Suggested and coordinated by Christina Tracey.