THIS WEEK’S WALKS

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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 you can try be­fore you buy. You can walk three times with the club be­fore join­ing. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at www.lochaberand­lorn-ramblers.org.uk. Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers Group can be con­tacted by email on info@ lochaberand­lorn-ramblers.org.uk. To­day (Thurs­day July 20) Meall na Teanga and Sron a’Choire Ghairbh, Clunes, Loch Lochy. Start from the CP at Clunes on the NW bank of Lochy at NN204886. Head E on the for­est track, soon fork­ing left and climb­ing grad­u­ally NE to reach the up­per track. Con­tinue NE for 3Km to the Allt na Faing. Fol­low the burn up NW through the forested area to reach Coire Lochain. From the shore of the lochan, climb S up the ridge to Sron Bhreac, turn­ing W, and gain­ing height, fol­low the rim of Coire Lochain, which curves N to reach the sum­mit of Meall Coire Lochain, 906m. Descend steeply NE on the nar­row ridge, across the col and climb to the sum­mit of Meall na Teanga, 918m.

Descend its N ridge to about NN219929, then turn NE and descend to a col at the head of Coire Lea­cachain. Con­tour around the base of the NW spur of Meall Dubh and descend about 80m to the head of the Cam Bhealach at NN222936. N from here, a good stalk­ers’ path zig-zags up to a col just SE of the sum­mit of Sron a’ Choire Ghairbh. Climb up to the sum­mit, 937m, and re­turn to the col. Head NE, over a small sum­mit, 908mEX. The nar­row ridge widens but keep to the high ground, head­ing E to Sean Mheall, 887m. Descend steeply E on rough and boul­dery ground to a small lochan at 684mEX. Turn NE on sim­i­lar but more level ter­rain, and make for Meall nan Dearcag, 693m. Descend steeply NE again un­til the an­gle eases, then turn ESE down the slopes to the GGW where it crosses the Kil­finnan Burn. Fol­low the GGW to Lag­gan Locks and cross the canal to the CP.

Dis­tance: 20km, height to climb: 1,405m.

Meet at Fort Wil­liam Woollen Mill at 9.30am. Satur­day July 22 Lit­tle Bon­net of Lorn, Locha­line. An in­ter­est­ing walk on the crest of an im­pres­sive rocky scarp, set be­tween the wilder­ness of Morvern and the Sound of Mull.

Splen­did views of the coast and is­lands of the in­ner and Outer He­brides. Re­mains of a vil­lage of 21 houses, forcibly cleared in 1824. Start on the cy­cle trail at NM681504. Head S then SW on the for­est track to turn right at the first junc­tion then sharp right at the next. Fol­low this branch around the cor­rie, tak­ing the left fork at the next junc­tion.

Head up NE to find the start of a rough track at NM6756049700 and fol­low it N up the slope to exit the for­est at NM6742449970, on An t-Sre­ang. Fol­low the broad ridge W to Aoineadh Beag, then NW over Sgurr na Gréine and Aoineadh Mór to reach the sum­mit of Sìthean na Raplaich. Head NE, along the rim of the scarp to the source of a small burn at about NM643523, which tum­bles SE down the slope. Ne­go­ti­ate the scarp where con­ve­nient to fol­low the burn down on its N side un­til it crosses a for­est track at NM6469652102. Fol­low the track SE, turn­ing left at the first junc­tion to­wards the Town­ship. Fork right at NM6547551707 on to an old track that soon ends.

Ne­go­ti­ate rough ground and dense un­der­growth N for about 100m to reach the foot­path at the town­ship. Fol­low the foot­path to the CP at the public road NM668517.

Dis­tance: 14km, height to climb: 520m.

Meet at Cor­ran ferry slip at 9.15am.

NEVIS HILLWALKING CLUB

Please see full walk de­tails at www.nevishill­walk­ing.club. If you would like to go out on the walk please con­tact club sec­re­tary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email en­quiries@nevishill­walk­ing.club. Sun­day July 23 Sgurr Thion­ail (906m), Am- Bathaich (892m), Sgurr a’ Mhao­raich (1,027m). Start from Coireshubh. Fol­low path along Allt Coire Sgoireadail to head of coire. Join stalk­ers path at NG980903.

Fol­low path to sum­mit of Sgurr Thion­ail. Head S down ridge to ei­ther sum­mit of AmBathaich and descend E down stalk­ers’ path to Glen Quoich and sec­ond car at NH014040, or con­tinue S to sum­mit of Sgurr a’ Mhao­raich. Head W to 948m spot height. Head SW and then S down to Meall an Uillt Bhain.

Head WNW to py­lon. Then S to loch and car.

Dis­tance: 13km, height to climb 1,150m.

Sug­gested by Gavin Theobald; co- or­di­nated by Ken Steven­son.

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