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Ben Venue

Ben Venue

Postby findhornloon » Sun May 27, 2012 5:10 pm

Route description: Ben Venue from Ledard Farm

Grahams included on this walk: Ben Venue

Date walked: 27/05/2012

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 11.5 km

Ascent: 812m

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As Jesper has returned to Tanzania, I have a new walking partner today, my youngest son Leo. Was up Ben A'an a few weeks ago and looked over to Ben Venue and thought it would be an interesting climb. 8.15am start from Loch Ard which looked like a mill pond, slight haze on the hills, temperature forecast to reach 27C today. Only car in the lay-by, so we could be first on the summit this morning. It's been a scorcher of a week so the path, which it is said to often be muddy and wet, is virtually dry most of the way through the lower woods and glen.
Some nice waterfalls on the way up through the wooded glen.

Nice easy and pleasant walk up the glen to a stile when the rocky slopes of Ben Venue first come into view. Today the path was in the most dry, but I can easily understand the reports that say you can be ankle or knee deep in mud sometimes on parts of this walk.
A beautiful day to up top, Leo on the lower south east summit with Ben Ledi in the background.

The small cairn on the higher northwest summit with Ben Lomond prominent in the background.

A really enjoyable and relatively easy day's walk, especially as it was really warm and dry all day, hence finding time to dip the toes into a cool highland spring - heaven !!
Perfect foot spa to cool the feet down before the final descent.
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