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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.
Sunday July 14, Cnap Cruin, Fersit
This small hill, on the Grahams list, gives a grand perspective on nearby Munros in the Grey Corries and the Easains.
Start at the end of the public road at Fersit, NN349781, where parking is available. Follow the dismantled tramway N then SW to a dam on the Allt Làire. Cross the dam and follow the river upstream on its W bank until past the plantation, then head NW to the summit of Cnap Cruinn*.
Descend NE to the track, turn right and rejoin the dismantled tramway to return to Fersit.
*A short extension to the route may be made to Beinn Chlianaig, which adds 1Km and 50m of distance and height respectively.
Grade: M. Distance 13km. Height gained 550m. Maps: LR 41 EX 392/393. Meet at: Fort William WM NN112742 at 0920 for start of walk at 1000.
Thursday July 18: Carn Liath and Stob Poite Coire Ardair, Glen Spean
A fine traverse across Munros and tops.
Start at Creag Meagaidh car park NN 482 873. Follow track upto NN 474822 then turn uphill to spot height 623m. Continue up broad ridge to summit of Carn Liath 1006m. Turn west along crest to Meall an t-Snaim 969m then 963m then Sron Coire a’Chriochairean 991m onto 1051m before reaching the summit of Stob Poite Coire Ardair 1053m head south west to beallch NN 425885 (The Window) before turn east down hill to pass Lochan a’Choire on the way back to the start.
Grade: S. Distance: 16km. Height to climb: 1020m. Map(s): LR42, EX401. Meet at: Fort William WM (NN112742) at 0845 for start of walk: 0930. Leader: Toril Frantzen 07788 264007.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday July 13, Bidein a’ Chabair,
Sgurr na h-Aide, Glen Dessary
A high ridge flanked by steep rocky slopes sits between two spectacular passes, the northern of which leads to Loch Nevis and the southern to Loch Morar.
Bidein a’ Chabair is its highest point, affording grand views of a rugged wilderness.
Start from the Loch Arkaig road end, NM987916 where limited parking is available. Follow the track NW up Glen Dessarry. At Upper Glendessarry take the footpath forking right and continue up the glen until past the fenced conifer plantation.
At about NM921944, cross SW over the headwaters of the River Dessarry, and climb steeply up the rocky nose of Meall na Sroine and continue to its summit, 674m.
Follow the undulating ridge of Druim Coire nan Laogh SW and scramble easily up to the summit of Bidein a’ Chabair, 867m. *Head W to reach Sgurr na h-Aide.
Return along the route of approach** and descend to Glen Dessarry. On regaining the path in the Glen, the right fork may be taken as an alternative back to the start via Strathan.
*A shorter day would omit Sgurr na h-Aide.
**An alternative descent from a shallow col at NM899935, 620m alt, leads ESE down into Coire nan Laogh. Continue down on this heading to arrive at the watershed at the head of Gleann an Lochain Eanaiche at NM913931.
Turn NE, make for the path in the forest and follow it to the bridge over the River Dessarry, just above its confluence with the Allt Coire nan Uth.
Beyond this a forest track leads past A’ Chuil Bothy and back to the start via Strathan.
25km, 1070m ascent
*23km, 944m ascent
**26km, 1020m ascent
Suggested by Andrew Gilbert. Coordinated by Gavin Theobald.