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Ben Ledi or Ben Venue

Ben Ledi or Ben Venue


Postby lisamorr1 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:54 am

Hi all,

Seen a post from walk highlands regarding avoiding particularly busy hills (specifically Conic Hill, Ben Lomond, Ben A'an) and so I have been wondering whether to do Ben Venue or Ben Ledi this weekend.
I know Ben Ledi will probably be quieter but the views from Ben Venue look super so I guess I wondered if you guys thought it would be particularly busy and a nightmare to park?

Or which walk do you prefer?

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Re: Ben Ledi or Ben Venue

Postby davekeiller » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:43 pm

I would expect Ben Ledi to be the better option as it's further from Glasgow, although I've not been in the area recently.
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Re: Ben Ledi or Ben Venue

Postby iain_atkinson_1986 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:23 pm

If you head down to Brig O' Turk and do Ben Ledi that way it might be a bit quieter.
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Re: Ben Ledi or Ben Venue

Postby Sunset tripper » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:28 pm

Weekdays will be quieter but if the weekend is your only option it would be best to turn up as early as you can. It's fairly safe to say Saturdays and Sundays will be the busiest, but it's hard to predict how busy car parks are going to be on any particular day.
Last Monday I arrived at the small car park for Glen Callater at 9 30 AM, en route to Lochnagar and it was only half full. On Friday the North Face car park for Ben Nevis was close to full at 7 15 AM :shock:
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Re: Ben Ledi or Ben Venue

Postby jmarkb » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:06 pm

Both are likely to be busy. Similar sized hills in the area that are likely to be quieter might include Beinn Each, Ben Vane (from Brig O'Turk or Strathyre), or Meall an-t Seallaidh.
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Re: Ben Ledi or Ben Venue

Postby bootsandpaddles » Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:48 am

The car parks at both Ben Ledi and Ben Venue will be full very early on Saturday and Sunday if the weather is fine and probably even if it isn't. Parking on the road is not permitted at Ben Venue or Ben A'an and is being policed. The National Park is running a scheme that monitors how full car parks are getting. You can access this on their website.
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Re: Ben Ledi or Ben Venue

Postby lisamorr1 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:08 am

thanks all....

Beinn Each looks like a good alternative - is the only parking option the layby off the road?

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Re: Ben Ledi or Ben Venue

Postby jmarkb » Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:18 pm

lisamorr1 wrote:Beinn Each looks like a good alternative - is the only parking option the layby off the road?


Essentially, yes: though there is also a track entrance about 100m north of the layby where you might be able to squeeze a car in without blocking access. It looks like you could park at The Cabin and walk along the forestry tracks to join the normal route - it would add about a mile in each direction.
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