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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 September 14, Cruach Ardrain, Crianlarich.
A prominent land mark as you drive down Glen Fillan.
Park at forestry car park NN 388251.Head west along track to NN 384241 turn south up path through woods to reach open hillside at NN 380230. Climb Grey Height 686m then south along ridge to Meall Dhamh 814m to bealach before climbing to summit of Cruach Ardrain 1046m. Go east then north to bealach before climbing over spot height 925 to summit of Stob Garbh 959m.
Descend north down ridge to Stob Coire Bhuidhe 856m. Head north easterly into Glen Benmore to join track down to Benmore Farm. (This walk could be extended to include Beinn Tulaichean if time and weather allow adds another 4 km and 130 m ascent) Transport to start 5 mins.
Grade: S. Distance: 11km. Height to climb: 1100m. Maps LR50/51 EX364. Meet at: Glencoe Village CP (NN098587) at 0830. Start of walk: at 0930.
Thursday September 19, Black, Oban.
Three lochs in a chain are the focus of this pleasant walk in open country with a backdrop of woodlands and distant views of Ben Cruachan.
Start at the Falls of Lora viewpoint CP at NM 909343. Walk E on the pavement along the main road for about 750m then turn right at NM918341 up Achaleven Road, passing under the railway. Turn right at the farmhouse and head SE uphill on the track to Cuil-uaine. Follow the footpath S towards the Lochs and on to Kilvaree. (Stepping stones at NM926319 may give access to the woodland beyond the lochs). Take the track from Kilvaree to the public road. Turn right and follow it for about 3Km back to the start.
Grade: L. Distance: 10km. Height to climb: 133m. Maps: LR 49 EX 376. Meet at: Ballachulish TIC NN083584 at 0935, Longsdale CP Oban NM862307 at 1015. Start of walk at 1030. Leader: Ronnie Forbes 01866 822 611.
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
Sunday September 15, Ben More, Stob Binnein, Crianlarich.
These two classic hills dominate the area. This route is slightly longer, but less steep than the *more popular one from Benmore Farm, and makes a splendid expedition.
Start at a small CP on the A85 just W of the bridge over the Allt Coire Chaorach at NN454275. Take the path behind the CP and then the forest track heading SW. Turn left at the 2nd junction, NN448270 and follow the track SE to a large turning area. At WP NN456260, take the path on the right, waymarked, which leads up to emerge from the trees at WP NN457254.
A faint path continues to a stile in the deer fence at WP NN458251. Follow the fence back NW to gain the NE ridge of Ben More. Continue up this ridge (rocky in places) to the summit, 1174m.
Descend S to Bealach-eadar-dha Bheinn, 862m, and continue S up the long ridge to the summit of Stob Binnein, 1165m. Return to the Bealach, then W down into Benmore Glen and pick up the track to Benmore Farm. Transport required, 5 mins from start.
*For the more popular route, follow the ziz-zag track up from Benmore Farm to the gate at 300m alt. Leave the track and head SE up steep ground heading for the stubby NW spur of the hill. Aim for a stone dyke aligned to the fall-line, starting at about 720m alt, and keep to its N side where a path may be found leading to the summit of Ben More. **For a shorter day, omit Stob Binnein and descend from Bealach-eadar-dha Bheinn to Benmore Farm.
14km, 1320m ascent
*11km, 1320m ascent
**7km, 1010m ascent
Suggested by Gerry Gilbert, coordinated by Ken Stevenson.