Ben Venue from Ledard Farm
Ben Venue - one of the rockiest hills in the Trossachs - is not in view from Loch Ard, which results in this approach being quieter than that from Loch Achray. Nonetheless the beautiful broadleaved woodland of the lower Ledard Glen provides a picturesque approach, though the upper glen is boggy. Once on the ridge, the views are magnificent.
Path up the Ledard Glen is very muddy in places and boggy higher up. On Ben Venue itself the going is rough and rocky.
There is a good sized layby on the road alongside Loch Ard opposite the track to Ledard Farm. Begin the walk along the track to the farm, which is well-signed. Before reaching the farmhouse, parts of which are very ancient, a footpath sign (marked for Loch Achray and Ben Venue) marks a left turn. Follow this across the bridge and alongside the burn to the right. It then climbs between two fences before turning to the right again. A short distance further there is a fine waterfall.
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