This week’s walks – 30.05.19

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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 June 6: Duisky, Locheil

A forestry path behind the landfill site which gives excellent views into the hills and glens to the north of Loch Eil. This is an out and back walk. Initially on good forestry roads and then clear path which might be a little boggy.
Limited parking at start NN012770, the turning off the A861, 200m E of the bridge over An Dubh Uisge. Go S through the gate to another gate. Continue through this entering a deer conservation area. After 400m look out for deer feeding station on L (deer are often seen).
Continue W on road. At next gate you enter the forestry and leave the deer management area. You are gently gaining height and views to the N are opening up. Area to S has been felled so also good views of hills S of you. Road continues across new bridge (old bridge shown on map has been removed).
Follow W gently uphill to large vehicle turning area. Cross this and start a gentle descent. Road quickly changes to a wide path which can sometimes be a little boggy. Follow this path as it continues W through the wood with some small ascents and descents to gate. Wide track ends here and after gate becomes a single width footpath. This footpath does continue to the bealach
As this is an out and back walk, the distance and duration will be agreed with the group on the day. Minimum duration 4½ hours.
Grade: L; distance: 9km; height to climb: 250m; map(s): LR41, EX391; meet at: FWWM 9.15am or Corran Ferry 0900 for 9.15 sailing. Start of walk: 10.00am. Leader: Denise Jones 07823 779713.

Saturday June 8: Laudale Horseshoe, Morvern

A high level circuit above Laudale.
Follow the road and then the diversion round Laudale House. At NM 738 603 take the left turn and follow the track (unmarked on older maps) to Mam a Ceire, Follow the ridge over Meall a Chaise and Beinn Bhan, then descend to join a track at NM 737 580 which leads to the valley and the outward route.
Grade: M+; distance: 18km; height to climb: 760m; Maps LR40/49, EX383/390. Meet at Fort William WM (NN112742) at 0830 Corran Ferry 0900 for 0915 sailing. Start of walk: Park by the jetty (NM760599) on the minor road off the A884 at 0945. Leader: Ann Jones 07770 434114.

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 June 1: Ben Macdui, Carn a’ Mhaim, Aviemore.

Ben Macdui is Scotland’s second highest hill. Carn a’ Mhaim is on one of the narrowest ridges in the Cairngorm. This is a long day. *It is just as long but less height to climb if the route is reversed. **It is also shorter if Carn a’ Mhaim is omitted, see below.
Start at the Sugar Bowl CP in Glen More at NH985074. Follow the path S, across the main road and down to cross the bridge over the Allt Mor. Climb up to the edge of a plateau where the path turns SW. At a junction, cross the burn and continue SW up to the Chalamain Gap. Negotiate this impressive defile with care and head SSW downhill to the Lairig Ghru. Cross river and head SE up through the Lairig Ghru for 3.3km to the Pools of Dee. Descend on the path S for a further 3.4km to about NN980973.
Leave the path and head ESE up the hillside to the col at NN987971, alt 800m. Turn S up the ridge to the summit of Carn a’ Mhaim, 1037m. Return to the col and head N, curving NE up the hillside. The least steep ground is on the E side of the Allt Clach nan Taillear. Once on the plateau at about 1230m alt, head WNW to the summit of Ben Macdui. A good path heads NNW, descending gradually, past the 1083m top of Miadan Creag an Leth-choinex and down a long ridge curving NNE to reach the SC CP at NH989059. Transport required, 5mins from start.
** Start at the SC and climb to the plateau by the headwall path of Coire an t-Sneachda or scramble up the ridge to its W. Head S to Ben Macdui. Return to the SC as above. Turn NE and head up to the summit. Return to the col and descend SW on the path to the track in Glendessary. Head E back to the start. Distance: 28km *28km **16km; height to climb: 1550m *1390m **850.
Suggested by Gavin Theobald, coordinated by John Burton.