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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
Sunday March 22, Two Lairigs Circuit, Glencoe.
A hard walk for this grade with more than normal height to climb, but mostly on well-constructed footpaths. It links two splendid glens, with impressive scenery, with big hills and tumbling streams.
Start from the CP at NN187562. Follow the footpath SW, which crosses the Allt Lairig Eilde at NN181557 on stepping-stones. If this is not possible, continue on the E side of the burn and rejoin the path at NN173542. Follow the path to the col, marked by a cairn. From the col, it is possible to contour at about 500m, around the SW and SE flanks of Stob Dubh, to arrive at the col in Lairig Gartain NN183529. Another short-cut may be taken further S down the Lairig Eilde path, if it is possible to cross the main burn at NN171527. A barely discernible path contours the base of Stob Dubh at about 350m, to reach the Lairig Gartain path at NN178524. Otherwise, continue S down the Lairig Eilde path to a junction among the trees above the Glen Etive road near Dalness. Turn left and follow the path up to the col in Lairig Gartain. The path continues NE to the CP on the A82 at NN213559. Transport required
Grade: L. Distance: 11Km. Height to climb: 350m. Map(s): LR41, EX384. Meet at: Glencoe CP 0900. Start of walk 0930. Leader: Jo Spicer 07815042505. Mentor: Colin Campbell.
Thursday March 26, Ring of Steall, Glen Nevis.
A classic ridge traverse.
The walk starts at the Upper Falls CP, NN167692. Follow the path E through the gorge and eventually cross the wire bridge at NN177684. Follow the path E past the Alt Coire a Mhail and then S up Coire Chadha Chaoruinn to eventually gain the summit of An Gearanach. The route then follows through An Garbhanach, StobCoire a Chairn, Am Bodach and Sgurr an Lubhair descending NW to a col at 924m and the start of the Devil’s Ridge. This is followed N to Stob Choire a Mhail and then Sgurr a Mhaim. Follow the path down first N then NW to the Lower Falls CP then walk along the road and return to the start at the Upper Falls CP.
Grade: S. Distance: 17km. Height to climb: 1676m. Map(s): LR41, EX392. Meet at: Fort William WM NN112742 at 0830. Start of walk NN167692 at 0900. Leader: Andrew Gilbert 07808 924722.
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 March 21, Ben Starav and Beinn nan Aighenan, Glen Etive.
Ben Starav, seen at its full height rising out of the sea at the head of Loch Etive, is one of the grandest of Scottish hills. Partnered with remote Beinn nan Aighenan, it makes a fine expedition. Start at the Coileitir Farm track, NN136468, where limited off-road parking is available. Head E on the track, cross the River Etive and follow it SW, past Coileitir and cross the Allt nam Meirleach on the FB. Continue on the path as far as the foot of the NNE ridge of Ben Starav and climb directly to its summit, 1078m*.
From the summit take the ridge E over Stob Coire Dheirg and descend to the col** at 766mlr. Descend SE across the slope, past a group of lochans on a spur, to reach the col at the foot of the N ridge of Beinn nan Aighenan. Climb the ridge to its summit. Return to the foot of the N ridge and climb back up to the 766m col. Head down N on the path along the W side of the Allt nam Meirleach to rejoin the outward route at the foot of the NNE ridge of Ben Starav and return to the start.
*A rougher, but more adventurous route from the summit of Ben Starav omits Beinn nan Aighenan. Head SE, soon descending and curving S to a col named Stoineag at the head of the impressive Coire na Larach, full of burns and waterfalls. Continue along the ridge, curving SW around the rim of the corrie, over the Munro Tops of Meall Cruidh, 930m, and Stob an Duine Ruaidh, 918m. After another small summit, 822m, the ridge bifurcates. Descend the NW branch to intersect with the Allt Coire Larach issuing from the confines of the corrie. Cross the burn at 150m alt, NN105416 and head N diagonally down the slope to reach the footpath along the shore. Head N for 5km to the FB over the Allt nam Meirleach. Follow the outward route back to the start.
**A shorter route also omits Beinn nan Aighenan. From the 766m col, head down N on the path along the W side of the Allt nam Meirleach. Rejoin the outward route at the foot of the NNE ridge of Ben Starav and return to the start.
18km, 1581m ascent. *15km, 1261m ascent. ** 11km, 1103m ascent
Coordinated by Andrew Gilbert.