This week’s walks – 4.7.19

BEN NEVIS PATH 31/3/13 A busy Ben Nevis path. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

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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.

Saturday July 6, River Pattack and Ardverikie, Laggan
Start on the A86 at the estate gatehouse, where roadside parking is available, NN539897.

Cross the bridge, turn right and follow the estate road to a junction at NN535890. Turn sharp left and head E for 2Km, then right to Gallovie farm.

Continue S on the track to the Falls of Pattack. Continue on the track until it diverges from the river at NN545861. There are more waterfalls a few metres upstream from here. Head back to the track, turn S, then sharp right at the junction at NN545852.

Follow the track NW, through mixed woodland and plantation down to Ardverikie. Take the track NE by the loch side back to the A86 at the gatehouse.

Grade: L; Distance: 16km; Height to climb: 150m; Maps: LR 42 EX 401/393. Meet at: Fort William WM NN112742 at 0920. Start of walk at 1000. Leader: Helen Critchley 01397 712346 or 07789 253701.

Thursday July 11 Glen Nevis to Steall Ruin, Glen Nevis

Start at the lower falls car park head up the south side of the river to a bridge NN 158683 then walk up road to upper falls car park N167691 at the end of the road in Glen Nevis.

Follow the path high above the Water of Nevis through the wooded gorge. The path crosses a burn on some noticeably red rock. 130m further on at NN1725169302, a rather narrower path forks left and leads up the steep wooded slope to emerge at a grassy platform below the crags on the southwest flank of Meall Cumhann, altitude 288m. This affords a fine view of the meadow and the spectacular An Steall.

The path continues south eastwards and winds down to rejoin the main path beside the Water of Nevis where it enters the gorge. Follow this to the Wire Bridge but stay on the north side of the river and continue to Steall Ruins, following the path along its bank. To return, follow the main path back to the car park.

Grade: L; Distance: 10km; Height gained: 240m; Maps: LR41, EX392.Meet at: Fort William Woollen Mill at William at 1000.

NEVIS HILLWALKING CLUB

Full walk details at www.nevis hillwalking.club. If anyone would like to go on a walk, contact club secretary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email enquiries@nevishillwalking.club.

Sunday July 7, Meall nan Each, Stob Dearg, Ben Cruachan and Meall Cuanail, Taynuilt.
Start from the car park in Inverawe Country Park, 800m NE of the Smokery, at NN028319. Head NE on the track until it emerges from the forest at the shore of Loch Etive. Leave the track, head SE across rough ground, cross a fence and climb a steep, uneven slope to the spur of Meall Copagach, 660m.

Turning S, continue climbing to the summit of Meall nan Each, 906m. Turn SE and descend about 100m to a col with several small lochans. Continue SE and climb the steep slope ahead to the summit of Stob Dearg, the W Top of Cruachan known as the Taynuilt Peak. Descend SE another 100m to a col and climb the ridge to the summit of Ben Cruachan.

Head S down the ridge to the Bealach an Lochain at the head of Coire Dearg and climb S to the summit of Meall Cuanail. Leave the summit heading SE, soon curving S following the fence line down to its intersection with a track at NN070280. Head E on the track down to the dam. Descend the staircase to reach the track below the dam and follow it across the bridge over the Allt Cruachan.

Locate the start of the path that leads S on the E side of this river and follow it over a stile and down through woodland to the railway. Pass under the railway at Falls of Cruachan Station to reach the A85 main road.

Transport required at NN080267, 12 minutes from start. Distance, 14km, 1507m ascent. Suggested by Gavin Theobald. Coordinated by John Burton.