walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?


Postby murphy999 » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:44 pm

Route description: Ben Chonzie via Glen Lednock

Munros included on this walk: Ben Chonzie

Date walked: 10/09/2009

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 6 km

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

With the reputation of being the easiest and most boring of the Munros Ben Chonzie seemed fitting as a warm up for the winter season and also as a testing ground for my new boots.

Arriving at the head of Glen Lednock a small car park has room for a few cars and the route onto the hillside is obvious along a short road and to the right side of a pair of houses.

3905778195_e3483e0efe.jpg

3906557292_7b5d763c63.jpg


Following an old Land Rover track it's a long rocky slog, tough on the ankles, but consolation comes in the form of the beautiful Glen Lednock gradually unfolding behind you.

3905776843_b1d703fc6b.jpg

3905776159_06ffa984a9.jpg

3906553236_4467536478.jpg


Almost at the ridge we left the track and crossed the headwaters of the burn following a muddy track which sucks your boots under.
Up and onto the ridge we made our way between two rocky outcrops and to within sight of the summit. Heading north west and then north east for about half a mile it is simple to find the top following a line of old fence posts.

3905763891_26ac1b8ec4.jpg

3906546500_5af8389f76.jpg

3906542678_d66a2161d3.jpg


Having climbed Ben Chonzie I can say its reputation is somewhat deserved, but the hill serves as a perfect vantage point for far more impressive mountains. Extending as far north as the Cairgorms and in spectacular fashion towards the Lawers range the views are truly magnificent.
On a clear winters day this must be a fine spectacle, I know I will be back to see it.
Last edited by murphy999 on Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:57 am, edited 2 times in total.
User avatar
murphy999
Stravaiging
 
Posts: 212
Munros:57   Corbetts:3
Grahams:3   Donalds:5
Sub 2000:7   
Joined: Jul 20, 2009
Location: Bo'ness

Re: Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Postby MacCookie » Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:10 pm

Ben Chonzie in winter? Go on then... ;)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/maccookie/ ... 10/detail/

Ewan
MacCookie
Rambler
 
Posts: 617
Munros:282   Corbetts:8
Grahams:1   
Joined: Jan 28, 2009
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Re: Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Postby MadMackem » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:16 pm

I hope it isn't boring, it's my first Munro challenge :) , only because its the closest to me, hope the weather stays ok for this saturday 10/10/2009

Cheers
MadMackem
 
Posts: 4
Munros:1   
Wainwrights:1   
Joined: Oct 6, 2008

Re: Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Postby IreneM » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:21 pm

Have a great time at the weekend.
Ok, Ben Chonzie isn't the most physically challenging hill, but there should be loads of wildlife - hares in particular - and as the others have said, the views towards other hills will whet your appetite for other expeditions!

Mind and tell us all how it went.
IreneM
Walker
 
Posts: 185
Munros:282   Corbetts:175
Grahams:12   Donalds:12
Sub 2000:9   Hewitts:1
Wainwrights:1   Islands:12
Joined: Oct 8, 2008
Location: Dunfermline

Re: Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Postby doogz » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:21 pm

been twice .....ist time couldnt see 6ft ..next time an inversion and gr8 views
doogz
 
Posts: 449
Joined: Sep 17, 2008

Re: Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Postby murphy999 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:51 pm

Ignore this
User avatar
murphy999
Stravaiging
 
Posts: 212
Munros:57   Corbetts:3
Grahams:3   Donalds:5
Sub 2000:7   
Joined: Jul 20, 2009
Location: Bo'ness

Re: Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Postby kevsbald » Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:36 pm

That is one sexy Mountain goat, MacCookie. Being from Aberdeen, I know these things....
User avatar
kevsbald
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2168
Munros:260   Corbetts:117
Grahams:76   Donalds:51
Sub 2000:13   Hewitts:9
Wainwrights:15   
Joined: Jan 15, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Postby kinley » Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:36 pm

There's an oft used quote - "there's no such thing as a boring hill - just boring hillwalkers"

I don't accept that - it should read "There's no such thing as a boring hill - just bored hillwalkers"

I don't ever remember a bad hill day - but as I run around photographing plants and wildlife and rocks while climbing the hills and taking in the views I think I have enough to keep me occupied.

Ben Chonzie has some of the highest density hares in Scotland and I've seen Osprey, Hen Harriers and Red Kites in the area so I wouldn't say boring.
User avatar
kinley
 
Posts: 2898
Munros:282   Corbetts:215
Grahams:146   Donalds:25
Sub 2000:39   
Joined: May 12, 2009

Re: Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Postby LeithySuburbs » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:41 am

I second Kinley. This may seem a bit sad but... I enjoy every walk I do/have done. Simply being outside lifts my soul. Even the Cairnwell has great views and wildlife :lol: .
User avatar
LeithySuburbs
Ambler
 
Posts: 1943
Munros:255   Corbetts:52
Grahams:26   Donalds:33
Sub 2000:41   Hewitts:14
Wainwrights:23   Islands:13
Joined: Feb 19, 2009
Location: Inverness

Re: Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Postby iainwatson » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:45 pm

totallly agree with never having had a bad/boring walk

i just love being out in the hills,

rain,sleet,snow,gale force winds- nothing deters me from enjoying it
granted i've only been up 30 odd hills but every hill has offered something memorable :D

thinking of going up Chonzie tomorrow and very much looking forward to it
User avatar
iainwatson
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 805
Munros:270   Corbetts:20
Grahams:5   Donalds:3
Sub 2000:4   Hewitts:3
Wainwrights:2   
Joined: Jun 28, 2010
Location: glasgow

Re: Ben Chonzie - is it really boring?

Postby murphy999 » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:25 pm

I think much of the boredom stems from trudging almost all the way to the top on a land rover track and then a grassy final ascent. If this wasn't there the walk would be much improved as the glen is wonderful, the wildlife numerous and the views as always in the highlands, beyond compare.
User avatar
murphy999
Stravaiging
 
Posts: 212
Munros:57   Corbetts:3
Grahams:3   Donalds:5
Sub 2000:7   
Joined: Jul 20, 2009
Location: Bo'ness

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 15pearsonT, EuanWardrop, oneilljon1984 and 111 guests