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Kinlochleven to Rannoch Station?
by Plavuizen » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:39 pm
I'm planning a walk mid May from Kinlochleven up to the Blackwater reservoir dam and then straight on to Rannoch Station, north of Black Corries Lodge and Loch Laidon.
There is obviously a path up to the dam, choice of north or south of RIver Leven.
Then I think a pathless section.
From Lochan nam Breac Reamhar (NN 24395 58573) I see a path on the Ordnance map running east, til around NN 33846 57756, crossing Allt na Cradh-Lice in between.
According to my "Not the West Highland Way" book, then I have to go (pathless) east via Stob nan Losgann, Stob na Cruaiche and Meall Liath na Doire to then descent to Rannoch Station.
In total around 30 km / 19 miles, 1400 m ascent. Based on these parameters, seems like a full day walking.
So far, this is what I can see from sitting on my chair looking at a book and a computer. The question is: does anyone have experience with this route in real live? What's the condition under foot? Does the track exist south of Blackwater reservoir? Are water crossings doable? Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
by davekeiller » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:50 pm
by Giant Stoneater » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:57 am
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by WalkWithWallace » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:59 am
by rgf101 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:58 pm
FWIW, I've walked Corrour - Loch Treig - Loch Chiarain - Dam - Kinlochleven twice now, both in November, and while it's wet underfoot at points, particularly going up from Loch Treig, it's been perfectly doable. And enough decent path that you can stop looking at your feet and enjoy the views.
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by Plavuizen » Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:12 pm
Giant Stoneater wrote:This trip report gives some idea of conditions http://www.scottishhills.com/html/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=19325
Thanks for the responses sofar and this link in particular. It contains a photo showing a new estate road between black corries lodge and Blackwater reservoir, which I can also clearly see on some satelite images (unless it’s a canal full with water).
Couple of years ago I did the Kingshouse to Rannoch Station path, which was indeed faint, but actually resonably well going. Last year I did Corrour Station to Lubnaclach ruin (NN373643) west of the railway and back east of the railway. West was wet and very faint path, east was pretty good. If my new thought route would be comparable to that, I would give it a chance.
by prog99 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:08 pm
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by rohan » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:45 pm
My report is here and the day I crossed over Stob na Cruaiche is Thursday 17th May ( day 2 of that particular outing)
I hope this helps.
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