Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Ben Ledi

Wally and I were on the mainland at the weekend and decided to fill in a bit of a blank and visit the Trossachs. Whenever I have time on the mainland my tendancy is to head for the bigger hills so it was nice to explore the area just the other side of Glasgow for a change.
We set off late and made good time up Ben Ledi, via an easy but very steep path that heads up from the Rob Roy Way. After a fairly boring stomp up the shoulder, the mist cleared from the summit just in time for some great views and we were pleasantly surprised that the summit itself is quite interesting, with little rock outcrops surrounding the summit.

On the top, a cross stands as a memorial to Sgt Harry Lawrie of Killin MRT who died in a helicopter accident on Ben More in 1987. 

We headed off down the northern ridge, and took the eastern shoulder (Ardnandave Hill) before turning south and walking down in to Glen Stank, passing lochans and knobbly outcrops, to eventually re-join the Rob Roy Way where we found a feast of wild raspberries in time for tea. (I should point out that there is an easy path down in to Glen Stank. We didn't take it as we wanted to explore a bit further afield. Our route took us on to rough and at times complicated ground.)

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