This week’s walks – 31.10.19

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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

Sunday November 3, Meall an t-Suidhe, Fort William.

Climb the tourist path to a point just below the Half-Way Lochan at NN142721.
Leave the path, and walk NNW up the shoulder of Meall an t-Suidhe on easy slopes over rough ground to the summit.
Descend east or west of the craggy ground to the north to reach a plateau, then over the small mound of Creag Chail. Continue the descent to the surge chamber at NN137748, then follow the tracks and path to the distillery. Transport required.
Grade: M+
Distance: 8 KM
Height to climb: 680M
Maps: LR41 EX392
Meet at: Fort William Woollen Mill 0910
Start of walk 0930
Leader: TBC.

Thursday November 7, Gleann a’ Chaolais Circuit, Ballachulish.

A walk along forestry tracks with good views across Loch Leven and of the Beinn a’Bheithir horseshoe.
Start from the car park at NN065586 walk south through gate going up hill. Follow track west along above Ballachulish House cross the burn by the bridge at NN047581 turn south west and continue up the track to the head of the glen. The track now turns north east and heads down hill continue to meet the upward route at NN049586 and follow track back to start.
Grade: L
Distance: 10 km
Height: 400 m
Meet at: Ballachulish TIC 09.50
Start of walk 10.00
Leader: TB.

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

Saturday November 2, Schiehallion,
Geal Charn, Kinloch Rannoch.
Schiehallion is well known for its graceful form and isolation, and is a distant feature from many viewpoints among our local hills.
The route below climbs it from the W and we are travelling to the
start by public transport, avoiding the 150 mile drive there and back. Meet at Fort William Stn in good time to purchase return tickets for 0744 dep to Rannoch Station, arr 0847. From here we take the Dial-a-Bus E to Kinloch Rannoch, to alight at the start at East Tempar at about 0940.
Start at E Tempar on the minor road, 3km E of Kinloch Rannoch, NN690575. Head S on the track on the E side of the Tempar Burn and follow it to its end below the grouse butts.
Follow the line of butts NE uphill, beyond which the ground steepens. Continue on the same heading, avoiding crags to reach the spur at the foot of Schiehallion’s summit ridge. Turn ESE and climb it to the top.
Retrace steps to the spur and follow the NW ridge down to regain the track at about 500m alt.
Return to the start in time to board the bus at 1425.
*If the time available for this walk seems insufficient, the nearby Corbett Top of Geal Charn, 792m offers a pleasant alternative walk:-
Head W back along the public minor for 400m and turn S at NN687575 on to a track that leads uphill on the W side of the Tempar Burn. Follow the track up to its end at a ruin at 750m alt. The summit of Geal Charn lies 250m SW.
Train fare depends on rail card held. Bus costs £7 each return. Train dep Rannoch Station at 1512, arr Fort William at 1609.
10 km, 883m ascent
*9km, 592m ascent
Suggested by Jane Ollerenshaw
Coordinated by Gavin Theobald