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LOCHABER AND LORN RAMBLERS
The walk leader should 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 March 14, Glen Righ to Glen Nevis, Inchrigh.
A cross-country route in the shadow of the Mamores linking up with the final section of the West Highland Way. Mainly on well-made paths. Minimal bog-trotting.
Start at the Inchree forest walk CP, NN029634. Leave from the SW corner of the CP following the path that zig-zags up the wooded side of the glen above the waterfall on the Abhainn Righ. At the forest track, turn right and follow it through Gleann Righ by the river to the forest boundary. The track crosses the river as it curves right. At NN076646 there is a stile that gives access over the fence and on to the boggy open ground to the N. A faint path may be found that leads past the remains of some dwellings and continues to Lundavra.
Follow the public road to NN100666 where a short track on the right gives access to the WHW. Follow this N, then NE towards Glen Nevis where it joins a track leading downhill. Follow the WHW to its junction with the Peat Track, then stay on the track N to Braveheart CP, NN120735. Fork left on to the path and follow it N uphill, curving W to a junction at NN113740. Take the right fork and zig-zag downhill to the Leisure Centre and the A82. Turn left and walk into Fort William town centre.
Refreshments at Nevisport, bus stop outside for return to Inchree.
#44 bus times 16:15, 17:17 & 18:07.
Depending on time, and interest, there is an option to climb from the West Highland Way up to Fort Dun Deardail. This will be decided by the group on the day.
Grade: M. Distance: 22Km. Height to climb: 500m. Map(s): LR41, EX384/392. Meet at: Fort William WM NN112742 at 0845. Start of walk at 0930. Leader: TBC.
Thursday March 19, Beinn Damhain, Glen Falloch.
An interesting hill hidden from the A82. Start from the A82 in Glen Falloch at NN319196, where limited parking is available at the start of a forest track. Follow the track up NW, under the power lines and over the railway. It then turns S, then W to a junction at NN309195, SW of Troisgeach Bheag. Turn left and follow the track SW to a footbridge over the Allt Arnan. Cross the river and climb SW up the slopes of Beinn Damhain to its summit, 684m. Return by the same route OR descend SE to the head of Lochan Beinn Damhain then N to the bridge over the the Allt Arnan
Grade: M+. Distance: 11.5km. Height to climb: 720m. Maps LR56 & EX364. Meet at: Glencoe Village CP NN098587 at 0900. Start of walk at 0930. Leader: Ann Jones 07770 434114.
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
Sunday March 15, Sgurr an Fhuarail, Aonach Meadhoin, Sgurr a’Bhealaich Dheirg, Saileag, Cluanie.
These Munros, now known as the Three Brothers, are a complement to their Five more famous Sisters. The siblings together with their several Tops make a splendid mountain ridge extending 15km to the sea at the head of Loch Duich.
Start from the Cluanie Inn CP, NH076117. Head NW across rough ground, which soon steepens, to reach an indistinct ridge. Pass to the left of the crags around the rim of a small Corrie to reach a small summit at 864m. Follow the ridge around Coire na Cadha, over Sgurr an Fhuarail to Aonach Meadhoin*. Descend W on a narrow, rocky ridge to a col at 827m and climb up to Sgurr a’Bhealaich Dheirg**. A narrow ridge leads NE about 100m to a prominent cairn, which marks the summit. Return to the main ridge and follow it W for 1.7km to Saileag. Descend SW, curving W to Bealach an Lapain, 725m. At a cairn, NH010144, turn S on to a path and follow it down a rocky rib protruding from the grassy hillside to reach the forest boundary at a cairn, NH010138.
Turn right and continue on the path down to Glen Shiel. Transport required at CP, NH009135, 7mins from start.
*A short route, omitting the other two Munros, descends S from the summit of Aonach Meadhoin, curving E at about 800m alt., into Coire na Cadha. Turn S at about NH055132, 100m before reaching the main burn issuing from the corrie. Continue the descent S, keeping to the easiest slopes to the W of the Allt na Steille Baine. When well below the waterfall, cross the burn to reach the sheepfold, NH054122. Follow a path S for 800m to the A87. Transport required at lay-by, NH054114, or walk 2km back to start on the A87 or the adjacent Old Military Road.
**A shorter route from Sgurr a’Bhealaich Dheirg, omitting the last Munro, returns SE down the ridge until it bifurcates at a small summit, 906m. Take the ridge going S down to a small summit at 806m, overlooking Coire Tholl Bruach to the E. Continue S, curving SE along the spur of Meall a’ Charra. Descend its steeper nose, curving NE to cross the Allt Coire Tholl Bruach where convenient just N of the forest boundary fence. Head SE, making for the sheepfolde NH054122, below the Steall Bhan waterfall. Follow a path S for 800m to the A87. Transport required at lay-by, NH054114, or walk 2km back to start on the A87 or the adjacent Old Military Road.
11Km, 1257m ascent. *7km, 811m ascent. **10km, 1069m ascent. Suggested and coordinated by Alan Petrie.