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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
Thursday June 20: Corrychurrachan Old Village, Inchree
Visit the site of an old village that was planted over by the Forestry Commission. In the 1770s 80 local parishioners took tea here with Bishop Forbes.
Start at Inchree car park. Head west passed Vertical Descents up the footpath to a main track at NN 0274 6351 turn left next junction go straight onto rough track. When track becomes blocked by young trees bear left and follow descending traverse northerly through open woods and drop onto track, turn north passed cemetery. At junction go right until track ends at NN 0319 6486 climb right to small burn where a small path leads across the hillside. Continue on path to meet track.
Head northerly along track until bridge at NN 0457 6587. Cross bridge then turn right along side of burn cross the nearest burn at head for ruins at NN 0487 6603. Head south east keeping waterfall on right head through open woods up to track. Turn right and make for quarry pass quarry on the left onto waymarked track back to start.
Grade: L; Distance: 10km; Height to climb: 200m; Map(s): LR 41, EX 384. Meet: Inchree car park, NN030634 at 1030. Leader: Denise Jones 07823 779713.
Saturday June 22: Beinn Iaruinn, Glen Roy
This is a new hill to our group. A steep initial ascent to largely pathless, heathery hills. Boggy ground particularly at the bealach and on descent.
Start from the bridge (NN300880) over the Allt a’ Bhreac Achaidh; (park on grass verge on right, just before or just after the bridge). Walk on a faint path upstream on the south side of the bridge, soon leaving it to climb S up the bank on left and follow (SW) a higher path along the fence.
Continue briefly alongside the fence as it turns southwards before striking off to begin the direct ascent of the ridge that borders the southern side of Coire an t-Seilich. There are traces of a path but largely ascent is up steep heather. [Views begin to open up looking straight towards the head of Glen Roy].Eventually the gradient eases and then levels off. Continue with a slight descent to boggy ground before final ascent to the summit cairn of Leana Mhor. Descend NE then N down the shoulder above Coire Odhar to reach the peaty bealach at 515m.
There is a fence and gate enclosing the glen to the left here, do not cross either, instead climb the fairly featureless slopes NE onto the plateau of Beinn Iaruinn. The terrain is quite featureless in poor visibility until the rim of Coire nan Eun is reached. From here traces of a path lead on over several slight undulations to reach the larger summit cairn of Beinn Iaruinn on a rocky outcrop. Retrace steps to the 515m bealach and go SE following a rough deer path which traverses across below Coire Odhar, keep well above the burn and slowly lose height. On reaching the base of the low crags, on the opposite side of the corrie, descend the open slopes more directly towards the start. On reaching the burn, not far above the bridge, follow it back to the start.
Grade: M+; Distance: 9km; Height to climb: 800m; Maps LR41/34, EX3400. Meet at: For William WM at 0900. Start of walk: at 0945. Leader: Trevor Jones 07831437454.
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 June 15: Five Sisters of Kintail: Sgurr nan Spainteach, Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe, Sgurr na Carnach, Sgurr Fhuaran, Sgurr nan Saighead, Beinn Bhuidhe, Sgurr na Moraich.
A splendid expedition for a long summer’s day. The list above comprises one of Scotland’s iconic routes. However, a descent is possible from any of the three Munros or the first Corbett Top, but all of these alternatives, although shorter, are steep and sustained.
Start in Glen Shiel from the CP at NH008135 below the Bealach an Làpain. Climb steeply N on a zigzag path that rises parallel to the forest boundary, turning E at its top corner. At a cairn, NH010138, turn N and follow the path on a rocky rib protruding from the grassy hillside to reach the Bealach an Làpain (725m) at NH010144. Turn W and follow the ridge up to Sgùrr nan Spainteach, 990m. Continue W across a high col to Sgùrr na Ciste-Duibhe, 1027m. Here the ridge curves NW as it descends to Bealach na Craoibhe. Climb N to Sgùrr na Carnach, 1002m. Descend its N ridge to Bealach na Carnach and continue N to zigzag steeply up to Sgùrr Fhuaran, 1067m. Avoid the N Face by descending WNW to NG9769416760 on the 950m contour. The path curves NNE, leading back to the crest of the main ridge N of Sgùrr Fhuaran. Follow the ridge round to Bealach Buidhe then climb to the summit of Sgùrr nan Saighead, 929m. Continue NW to Beinn Bhuidhe, 869m. Head down NE to the col then turn W down into Coire na Criche and descend on the footpath to finish at Ault a’Chruinn. *****Alternatively head for the last summit, Sgurr na Mòraich, 876m, and descend its NW ridge to reach Ault a’Chruinn. Transport required at NG945203, 10mins from start.