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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 October 26, Stob Coire nan Eiricheallach and Sgurr a’Mhaoraich, Loch Quoich.
Isolated hills giving spectacular views of the western Highlands.
A82 road N to A87 junction, turn left here for about 7 km, and then take the B road signposted Tomdoun to Loch Quoich. Drive almost to the W end of the Loch at NM010034 (approx. 18km) and take the stalkers’ path N up the Bac Canaichean ridge to the summit of Stob Coire nan Eiricheallach at 891 m. Continue NW and then drop to a col at 820m. The ridge bears to the W and up to the summit of Sgurr a’Mhaoraich at 1027m. Descend on the S ridge to a spot at 656m then turn SE and descend through Leac nan Gaidhseich to reach the road about 2km W of the start
Grade: S. Distance: 9Km. Height to climb: 1000m. Maps: LR33 EX399. Meet at: Fort William WM NN112742 at 0800 for start of walk 0945. Leader: Steve Mardon 07522 956789.
Thursday October 31, Brae Roy Lodge to the Dog Falls, Glen Roy.
This walk is full of interest, taking in the spectacular Dog Falls and a fascinating natural bridge.
The “parallel roads”, evidence of a huge ice-age lake, are seen all around this area.
Start from the CP near the end of the public road at NN335912. Follow the track N, then cross the Turret Bridge and continue for about 250m to another bridge and cross the river Roy to its S bank.
Follow the track to Annat and continue SE on the path, across the Canal Burn and round the shoulder of Torr o’ Sonn, to reach the Burn of Agie. Follow the burn S up the glen to the Dog Falls, crossing the burn on a bridge. Traverse N across the slope to a small plateau at Lower Creagan Breac. Head NW down the hillside to the Natural Bridge at NN 369918. The gorge here has lots of vegetation and the bridge is not obvious from above but it is easy to cross once found.
Contour W around the hillside to rejoin the outward path at the Canal Burn and return to the CP.
Grade: M. Distance: 13Km. Height to climb: 400m. Map(s): LR34, EX400. Meet at: Fort William Woollen Mill at 0845 for start of walk 0930. Leader: Helen Critchley 01397 712346 or 07789 253701.
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 October 27, Meall a’ Bhuachaille, Glenmore Forest Park.
The highest of four hills overlooking the FP, with grand views of the northern corries of the Cairngorm plateau. The traverse of all four hills makes a fine expedition.
Start from the end of Badaguish Road, NH957113, just SE of the Outdoor Centre. Alternatively, park at the TIC at NH977098 and walk to Badaguish, 2.5km NW on a forest track*. Walk past the buildings and head N, curving NW up the forest track for 1.5km to a junction at NH948129. Turn NE to reach a footpath and follow it to the summit of Craiggowrie, 687m. Turn S, then SE along the watershed over Craig a’ Chaillich, 711m and Creagan Gorm, 732m to reach the summit of Meall a’Bhuachaille. Descend E on the path to Ryvoan Bothy and turn S on to the track. At An Lochan Uaine, fork SW on to a footpathlr at NJ000105, which leads through the forest to the head of a track. Continue on the track back to the TIC. Transport required, 10mins from start.
**A shorter route omits the three lower summits, starting from the TIC. Pass N around the Rei ndeer Centre, then head E on the track through the forest. This becomes a footpathlr at NH992102 that continues to An Lochan Uaine. Turn N on the track to Ryvoan Bothy. Climb W up to the summit of Meall a’Bhuachaille. Descend W, but before reaching the col, locate a path leading S and follow it down through the forest, back to the TIC.
15km, 714m ascent
* 18km, 740m ascent
**8km, 480m ascent
Suggested and coordinated by Andrew Gilbert.