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 27) Tea­tle Wa­ter and Mon­u­ment, Dal­mally

A pleas­ant walk on for­est tracks where re­cent clear felling has opened up views of Cru­achan, Loch Awe, Glen Orchy and Glen Lochy. Some points of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal in­ter­est to find.

Park on A819 at the end of for­est road just N of Ach­lian at NN1204724667. Head NE along the track for about 600m and turn SE at the junc­tion. Turn SW at the next junc­tion and fol­low the track up­hill to NN1351124014.

Ig­nor­ing the first junc­tion (not mapped), turn E at the sec­ond and con­tinue up to the ra­dio mast. Pass the mast, then af­ter cross­ing the Eas nan Ruadh, take the track to the left, run­ning NE through the for­est.

When the track ends, con­tinue NE and cross the small stream. Climb over (or through) the old fence and con­tinue along the ride to reach an­other track at NN1471824176.

Turn N and fol­low the track down­hill, by-pass Blar­chao­rain and con­tinue N to the Dun Athaich EX Mon­u­ment. (Note: cross­in­cised stone – early me­dieval, at NN1442025860).

At the junc­tion, turn NW on to the old mil­i­tary road and fol­low it past Ardtea­tle Cot­tage to the Cairn at NN1322925415. (Cup marked stone in the vicin­ity).

Con­tinue through a pleas­ant wooded area un­til the track crosses the Tea­tle Wa­ter, and then shortly af­ter, joins the out­ward track to reach the start­ing point.

Grade: L; Dis­tance: 10Km; Height to climb: 300m.

Meet at Longs­dale car park, Oban NM862307 at 9.50am, Glencoe Vil­lage CP NN098587 at 9.30am. Start of walk at 10.30am.

Leader: Gra­ham Innes 01631 562290 or 07767 714503.

Sun­day July 30 Sgurr nan Coireachan and Sgurr Thuilm, Glen­finnan. Two Mun­ros

A clas­sic moun­tain walk tak­ing in the Coire Thol­laidh Horse­shoe. Easy ac­cess to a splen­did high level ex­pe­di­tion in a rough and re­mote area.

Start from the CP on the W side of the River Fin­nan at the start of the es­tate road, NM905808.

Fol­low the es­tate road up Glen Fin­nan to the bridge over the Allt a Chaol- gh­inne and right to Cor­ry­hully bothy. The track con­tin­ues and crosses the Allt a’Choire Chàr­naig. Shortly af­ter this cross­ing, a stalk­ers’ path climbs N up the slope, giv­ing ac­cess to the SE ridge of Sgurr a’ Choire Ri­ab­haich. Climb this to its sum­mit at 852m.

Con­tinue to the Munro sum­mit of Sgurr nan Coireachan, 956m. De­scend its NE ridge and fol­low the rim of the huge Coire Thol­laidh over Meall an Tàr­ma­chain, 826m and Beinn Gharbh, 825m to reach the sec­ond Munro of Sgurr Thuilm, 963m.

De­scend S to a shoul­der, then SW down Druim Coire a’Bhei­the to the bridge over the River Fin­nan. Fol­low the es­tate road back to the start.

Grade: S; Dis­tance: 20Km; Height to climb: 1400m. Map(s): LR40, EX398

Meet at: Fort Wil­liam Woollen Mill NN112742 at 0900. Start of walk at 0930. Leader: TBA

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. Satur­day July 29 Black Mount, Stob Ghab­har (1090m, Munro) — peak of goats; Stob a’ Choire Od­hair (945m, Munro) — peak of the dun- coloured cor­rie.

Start from the car park at NN270418, 300m be­fore Vic­to­ria Bridge. Fol­low a short path NE to re­join the road, cross Vic­to­ria Bridge and turn left at For­est Lodge. Fol­low the track W by the Ab­hainn Shira to a small build­ing at NN256425.

Turn N on to the path that fol­lows the Allt Toaig. Af­ter about 2km, cross the Allt Toaig NN2511243958 to gain ac­cess to the spur of Aonach Ea­gach. A faint path may be found.

Head NW up the spur which nar­rows to a crest and fol­low it to a sum­mit, 991m. The ridge curves W around the rim of the mag­nif­i­cent Coirein Lochain lead­ing to the sum­mit of Stob Ghab­har.

Re­turn to the 991m sum­mit, just E of which at NN2370945398 a foot­path leads N down the Couloir But­tress. Fol­low it, curv­ing E to reach a col at 668m. Con­tinue E up to the sum­mit of Stob a’Choire Od­hair.

De­scend SW at first on boul­dery ground and lo­cate a good stalk­ers’ path which leads S and zigzags down to the Allt Toaig path at NN253446. Head down S and re­turn by the out­ward route. (18km, 1200m as­cent) Sug­gested and co­or­di­nated by Gerry Gil­bert.

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