This week’s walks 01.08.19

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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

Saturday August 3, Meall Cos Charnan, Glen Spean.

Park at Moy Bridge, NN432831. Cross the bridge and head S on the track, turning right at each junction and gradually gaining height. Continue S to Lubvan ruin and follow the path by the Allt Cam until the river can be crossed. Head W up the slopes of Meall Cos Charnan to its summit. Return by the same route.
Grade: M. Distance: 15km. Height to climb: 590m. Map(s): LR34, EX401. Meet at: Spean Bridge Woollen Mill NN222816 at 0930. Start of walk: 1000.

Thursday August 8: Ben Starav, Glen Etive.

Standing at the top of Loch Etive it commands excellent views to all points of the compass.
Start at NN137468 where limited parking is available. A track leads across the River Etive to Coileitir. Continue SW on the path past Coileitir and cross the Allt nam Meirleach to the foot of the NNE ridge of Ben Starav. Climb this to the summit. From the summit take the ridge south ridge to Meall Cruid and Sron an Duine Ruaidh.
Return to the main summit and turn east over Stob Coire Dheirg and descend to the col at 766m. Turn N into the coire and join the path leading back to Coileitir. If weather conditions are suitable, the walk could be extended by a traverse of Meall nan Tri Tighearnan and Glas Bheinn Mhor to a col at 738m, before descending NW to Coileitir, adding 4km and 300m of distance and height respectively
Grade: S. Distance: 15km. Height to climb: 1350m. Maps LR50, EX377/384 Meet at: Glen Coe village cp (NN098587) at 0845. Start of walk: 0930.

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 August 4, Stob an Duine Ruaidh, Meall Cruidh, Ben Starav,

Stob Coire Dheirg and Beinn nan Aighenan, Glen Etive.

An unusual approach to Ben Starav explores the seldom-visited area to its S by climbing its longest ridge. The SE ridge curves S over two Munro Tops and finally W, plunging into Loch Etive.

Start at the Coileitir Farm track, NN136468, where limited parking is available. Head E on the track, cross the River Etive and follow it SW, past Coileitir and cross the Allt nam Meirleach on the footbridge. *Turn right and follow the path past Kinlochetive and continue along the shore for about 3.5km. Where convenient, head S diagonally up the slope aiming to cross the Allt Coire na Larach** at 150m alt, NN105416, to reach the foot of the Stob an Duine Ruaidh ridge. Climb SE up the ridge, curving ENE to its summit. Descend NE to a col 852m ex and continue up to the summit of Meall Cruidh. Onwards, the ridge curves N then NW to reach the summits of Stob Coire Dheirg and Ben Starav. Return to Stob Coire Dheirg and head NE along the ridge. Descend E to the col at 766mlr***. Descend SE across the slope, past a group of lochansex on a spur, to reach the col at the foot of the N ridge of Beinn nan Aighenan. Climb the ridge to its summit. Return to the foot of the N ridge and climb back up to the 766mlr col. Head down N on the path along the W side of the Allt nam Meirleach to rejoin the outward route at the bridge and return to the start.
*For a shorter day, the summit of Ben Starav may be reached by the most popular route, up its N ridge. In this case, turn left after the Allt nam Meirleach bridge.
**An alternative, but shorter and steeper route to Ben Starav climbs its SW ridge. In this case, instead crossing the Allt Coire na Larach, turn NE and climb directly to the summit.
***Whichever route is chosen, omitting Beinn nan Aighenan saves 4.5km and 483m ascent.
23km, 1685m ascent
*16km, 1559m ascent
**20km, 1579m ascent
Suggested by Andrew Gilbert
Coordinated by Rick Atkinson