This week’s walks 09.05.19

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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 16: Meall an Doire Dharaich Circuit, Kinlochleven

Park at the Grey Mare’s Tail car park NN187622. Follow the path that leads to the Waterfall for approximately 200m.

At a junction, (NN1877 6235), keep right and climb the path heading NE through trees on a ridge. Emerging from the trees, follow the path across the slopes of Meall an Doire Dharaich to reach a track at NN208634. Turn right on to the track for ½Km then right again on to a path, which leads to a small dam holding back the waters of Loch Eilde Mor.
Cross the dam, turn right and follow the path adjacent to the pipeline as it contours round the hillside. At NN210613 take a path, marked by a cairn, which leads off to the right and zig zags down to join the Ciaran path. Turn right and return to Kinlochleven.
Grade: M; distance: 10km; height to climb: 400m; map(s): LR41, EX384; meet at: Glencoe car park NN 098 587 at 0930 for start of walk at 1000.
Leader: Ann Jones 07770 434114.

Sunday May 19: Baracaldine to Achnaba, Benderloch

A walk along the coffin route between Loch Creran and Loch Etive.
Take track westwards for 1.5km then south for 1.5km to edge of forest. Cross to open ground between Dubh Loch Mhor and Dubh Loch Beag and then follow rough path south to Achnaba on to public road from North Connel to Bonawe. Transport required.
Grade: L; distance: 8km; height to climb: 150m; Maps LR49, EX376. Longsdale CP, Oban NM862307 or Ballachulish TIC NN083584 or start of walk. Start of walk: B845 south of Barcaldine NM963404 at 1000. Leader: Ronnie Forbes 01866 822 611.

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 May 12: Stob an Cul Choire, Aonach Mor

This is a spectacular route with some fine views into splendid remote corries. The hydro-scheme mentioned powers the ski centre. The course of the access road should have been reinstated by now but should be useable for access even if greened-over.
Start at the Aonach Mor SC CP, NN171773. Follow the forest tracks E to the start of the hydroscheme track at NN205769. Climb the track until it levels out at about 550m altitude, then head SE steeply up the slope on rough ground to gain the crest of the rocky ridge of Tom na Sroine.
Continue S on this ridge over spot height 918. The ridge narrows with crags on the E side and leads to the summit of Stob an Cul Choire at 1068m. Descend W to the col at about 1000m alt, under the cliffs of Aonach Mor*.
Climb W up steep rocky ground directly to the summit of Aonach Mor. Head N along the edge of the summit plateau. Once past the head of the first ski-tow the ground dips and narrows to a ridge. Follow this down N. When the angle eases, keep to the fall-line of the slope, curving gradually E down into lower Coire Choille-rais. Make for Allt Choille-rais and follow it down to the forest track. Return to the start.
*A shorter but no less interesting day omits Aonach Mor: From the 1000m col, turn N down into the impressive Coire Choille-rais and continue to the dam at its lip. Rejoin the hydro-scheme track and follow it down to the forest track..
Distance: 19km *17km; height to climb: 1291m *1070m. Suggested by Andrew Gilbert; coordinated by Fiona Wild.