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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 December 21, Glen Scaddle, Ardgour.
An interesting there and back walk in Ardgour, on a good and mainly level track, following the River Scaddle which flows from W to E.
Start from the A861 at Inbhir Scaddail NN018684where parking is available near the end of an estate track at NN022686.
Head SW on the main road to cross the River Scaddle and turn W on to the track past Aryhoulan. Head W in to Glen Scaddle on S side of the river. At NM985682, a footbridge gives access to the ruins of Creagbheitheachain on the N side. Return to the track, continue W and pass through some mixed woodland.
After about 4 Km, the track emerges from the woodland to cross the river on a bridge. It is possible to return on the N side as far as Creagbheitheachain and cross the bridge to rejoin the track, but the path is wet and there are some minor burns to ford.
Alternatively, retrace steps back to Inbhir Scaddail.
Grade: L. Distance: 7-10km. Height gained: 100m. Maps: LR40/41, EX391. Meet at: Corran Ferry for 0945 sailing. Start of walk: A few miles north of the ferry at NN018684 at 1000. Leader: Trevor Jones 07831437454.
Thursday December 26,
Glenachulish cycle track,
A glen walk between some impressive hills and a descent with grand views across Loch Leven to Glencoe and Ballachulish.
Park at Glenachulish car park NN046588 and follow the cycle track to the cairn NN031596 and possibly walk on to Kentallen.
Grade: L. Distance: 10Km. Height to climb: negligible. Map(s): LR41, EX384. Meet at: N Ballachulish Sch NN053603 at 0915. Start of walk at 0930. Leader: Trevor Jones 07831437454.
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 December 22, Fraochaidh,
Beinn Mhich na Ceisich, Meall Ban, Duror.
An interesting walk with great views over land and sea, in an area off the beaten track on the boundary between Lochaber and Argyll.
Start at Duror Primary School, NM987547, at the junction of the Cuil Bay minor road with the A828. Limited parking is available. Follow cycle track #78 towards the old railway bridge at NM995548. Go under the railway bridge and immediately take the upper trackex on the right, which leads through the forest above the River Duror. At the end of the track, continue on a path for about 100m to NN014537.
Head S up an indistinct forest path close to the edge of a felled area. Cross a fence on to open ground at NN013534 and continue up S to reach a small summit, A’Chruachex, 485m on a bluff overlooking a lochan. From the lochan, climb SSE, curving E around the rim of Coire na Capuill and up to the summit of Fraochaidh at 879m, above the headwall of Coire Dubh.
*Descend steeply S to reach easier slopes and follow the Lochaber boundary along the watershed between Salachan Glen and Glen Creran. Pass over Beinn Mhich na Cèisich, 627m and, curving W, over Meall Bàn, 654m. Descend WSW and pass S of Lochan Blàr nan Lochan, then head N to reach the dam at NM976503. Follow the hydro-track W across the Eas nan Richagan to a junction and turn NE. Follow the track gradually downhill, curving NW into Salachan Glen. Continue to the A828 at Dalnatrat.. Transport required at NM 966530, 3mins from start.
* For a shorter day, return from the summit of Fraochaidh by the outward route.
18km, 1176m ascent
* 13km, 996m ascent
Suggested by Andrew Gilbert
Coordinated by Jeannie Campbell