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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 January 12, Oban to Gallanach.
A pleasant walk through Oban and the nearby countryside and coast.
Start at Longsdale CP in Oban NM862307, near the Leisure Centre. Walk through the town and up to the viewpoint on Pulpit Hill.
Take the track up to the mast at NM850290 then head SW along Druim Mòr to the high point at 137m. Visit the fort site at Dùn Uabairtich, 88m, then take the path down to the Dive Centre and follow the road to Gallanachbeg and Gallanachmore.
Visit the site of Dun an Fheurain, NM824265 with a good view to the Firth of Lorn. Head back along the public road as far as the Kerrera Ferry Slip and take the footpath that leads above Ardbhan Craigs to Pulpit Hill. Return to the Leisure Centre.
Distance: 12 km
Height to climb: 250 m
Map(s): LR49, EX359
Meet at: Longsdale CP Oban NM862307
Start of walk at 1000.
Leader: Ronnie Forbes 01866 822 611.
Thursday January 16,
Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg, Fersit.
Start at the end of the public road in Fersit at NN350783. After walking across the bridge and through Fersit take a line S up past Sron na Garbh-bheinne and along the ridge to the top of Stob Coire Sgriodain.
Return via the same route or alternatively descend to the S and then SE and E to a bealach at 923m and then NE to the broad summit of Chno Dearg at 1046m. The return would then be generally NNW to Fersit.
Height to climb: 900m
Map(s): LR41, EX393. Meet at: Fort William Woollen Mill 0830. Start of walk 0915
Leader: Ian Moir 07973836498.
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 email@example.com
Saturday January 11, Ben Challum, Tyndrum.
This expansive lump of a hill looks bland and grassy from Strath Fillan but its S Top conceals an interesting craggy summit ridge and aspect overlooking the head of Glen Lochy.
Start from the lay-by on the SW side of the A82 at NN356280, opposite the turning for Kirkton Farm. Cross the road and follow the track to the Farm, joining the WHW. Turn left in front of the farm buildings to reach the crossroads between the Priory ruins and an old graveyard. Leave the WHW and head N on the trackex uphill to cross the railway at a level crossing, NN361287.
Turn NE and follow the edge of the forested area, over a stile into the plantation then over another stile to emerge on to the open hillside. Continue NE up to the S Top at 997mlr alt. A line of fence posts may be followed for much of the way. Descend steeply W at first to gain the true crest of the ridge at the head of a narrow defile. Follow the ridge down N to the col and continue N up to the summit of Beinn Challuim, 1025m. Return by outward route.
*A longer but more interesting return route descends the NW ridge of Beinn challuim to Bealach
Ghlas Leathaid. Continue NW into Coreheynan, much of which is now occupied by a fenced plantation. Follow the fence around the N side of the plantation to reach a path leading to the head of a track at NN368332. Head S down the track, under the railway bridge, to reach the WHW at Auchtertyre. Turn SE and follow the WHW to Kirkton Farm and rejoin the outward route back to the start.
11km, 900m ascent
*14km, 920m ascent
Suggested and coordinated by Jane Ollerenshaw