This week’s walks

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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-ram­ Lochaber and Lorn Ram­blers Group can be con­tacted by email on [email protected]­lorn-ram­ Sun­day Jan­uary 13:

Gearr Aonach and Coire Gab­hail, Glen Coe A de­light­ful, easy scram­ble up the nose of Gearr Aonach fol­lowed by a switch­back ridge and de­scent through the ‘lost val­ley’ Coire Gab­hail.

Park at the Glen­coe Viewpoint car park at NN170568. Head off SE and fol­low the path down to cross the River Coe on a bridge just be­low the Meet­ing of Three Waters. The path rises to a point where it en­ters the gorge cut by the Allt Coire Gab­hail. Take the right fork, which is in­dis­tinct at first due to ero­sion, and scram­ble up eas­ily. Fol­low the path SW for about 150m to WP NN169559.

Leave the path and head W up a grassy slope to­wards the foot of the nose of Gèarr Aonach to reach the start of a path at WP NN168560. This zig-zags up the cliffs. At each turn of the path, there is a short but easy scram­ble, none of which is ex­posed. The path leads to the top of the spur over­look­ing Glen Coe. Head up SW to the sum­mit of Gèarr Aonach, 692m, and con­tinue to a small plateau at the foot of the NE ridge of Stob Coire nan Lochan at NN156551.

From here, a broad ramp leads down SW be­low the crags on the right, and above the crags on the left. The route crosses a stony couloir and con­tin­ues a de­scend­ing tra­verse un­til the crags on the left give way to a steep grassy hill­side. Con­tinue the tra­verse to reach a burn at about NN154544 and fol­low it down to the Coire Gab­hail path be­low. Fol­low this out NE to join the out­ward route back to the A82.

Grade: M+; dis­tance: 7km; height to climb: 674m; map(s): LR41, EX384. Meet at Glen­coe vil­lage car park at 9.15am, for start of walk at 9.30am. Leader: Ian Moir 07973 836498. Thurs­day Jan­uary 17:

Old In­ver­lochy Cas­tle to Nevis Range, Fort Wil­liam A walk from the town to the ski cen­tre, and back by a dif­fer­ent route.

Start from the CP just E of In­ver­lochy Cas­tle at NN121754. Walk back to the A82 and cross op­po­site the en­trance to the alu­minium smelter. Cross the rail­way on the ap­proach to the fac­tory then fork left on a track to pass around the perime­ter of the works on the N side. Fol­low the track E un­til it passes un­der the power lines, then take the right fork and climb up the hill to the surge cham­ber track. Fol­low this NE and cross the Allt a’ Mhuilinn. Head S for 150m, then turn NE again and fol­low the cy­cle tracks to the Aonach Mor SC.

Leave the CP at its NW cor­ner, cross the burn on a bridge and fol­low the track W to Tor­lundy. Join the mi­nor pub­lic road and con­tinue over the rail­way and cross the A82 into the hous­ing scheme. Fol­low the road SW to pass W of the In­ver­lochy Cas­tle Ho­tel and con­tinue on a track that re­joins the A82 at In­ver­lochy Cas­tle Fm. Cross the main road to reach the cy­cle track and fol­low it W to the Lochy Bridge round­about. Cross the round­about and re­join the cy­cle track along­side the River Lochy, which leads back the start.

Grade: L; dis­tance: 14km; height to climb: 250m; map(s): LR41, EX392. Meet at Fort Wil­liam WM at 9.45am, for start of walk at 10am. Leader: Denise Jones 07823 779713 or 01397 772768.


Full walk de­tails at www.nevishill­walk­ If any­one would like to go out on the walk please con­tact club sec­re­tary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email en­[email protected]­walk­ Satur­day Jan­uary 12:

Fraoch Bheinn, Sgurr Mhurla­gain, Loch Arkaig Two Cor­betts eas­ily ac­cessed from Strathan at the head of Loch Arkaig. Do one, or both if you are quick enough on a short win­ter’s day.

Start from the end of the pub­lic road at the head of Loch Arkaig, NM987916, where lim­ited park­ing is avail­able. Head W on the track into Glen Des­sarry for 1km. At NM978916, just W of the Dearg Allt, turn N up a path and fol­low it up to­wards the S ridge of Fraoch Bheinn. Con­tinue up to the sum­mit, 858m. Turn E and de­scend steep rough ground to reach a broad col at NM994937, 458m. A path leads SW from the col down to the track in Glen Des­sarry. For the 2nd Cor­bett, con­tinue E up the flank of the SW ridge of Sgurr Mhurla­gain to its crest. Turn NE and head up to the sum­mit. Re­turn to the col and de­scend SW on the path to the track in Glen­dessary. Head E back to the start.

1st Cor­bett 9km, 798m as­cent; both Cor­betts 14km, 1220 as­cent. Sug­gested and co­or­di­nated by Jane Olleren­shaw.

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