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Ben Challum - No bogfest for us!
by Jockstar » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:43 pm
Munros included on this walk: Ben Challum
Date walked: 02/06/2012
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 11.5 km
Ascent: 1025mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
So we parked up on the layby nearly opposite the road down to Kirkton and made our way towards the farm crossing the River Fillan and met up with a party of 4 guys who were walking the West Highland Way and were raising a lot of money for charity.
You will have to excuse me but I can’t remember the name of the person involved or the charity but they were keen to raise aload of money for their cause. Our brief walk together came to an end when they walked on towards the Wigwams and coffee shop further along the route and we started to gain a bit of height after passing the two cemeteries, one of which was very old and the remains of the old priory from ancient times apparently in remembrance of St. Fillan.
The way became clear as firstly we crossed the railway paying attention to the warning notices which then leads any walkers to follow the deer fence and right enough we took that advice and led us to the first stile. It was mentioned in someone else report of the stile being a bit of a hazard and right enough it was a wee bit exposed when you got over the top of the first stile that led to a wee shake when on the top step!
(Incidentally there was a small gap in the bottom of the fence that Ruby could get through – thank you to whoever made that happen!) Once that was gotten over it was follow the deer fence until we would reach the bottom of the stiffer climb up to the first cairn.
Already we could see Ben More and Stob Binnein and the Strathfillan range which grew more impressive as we followed the path up the southern end of Ben Challum. Ben Lui also was splendid dominating the skyline.
After a break for something to eat we met up with four people the furthest had come from Portsmouth!. They were on a walking holiday and were so pleased to get a decent day out on the hills. We mentioned The Real Food Cafe and as it happens we saw them later that evening at Tyndrum where they had organised their fish & chips take away!
So onwards we pressed until we were at the first cairn but soon went passed that until we saw the wee ridge and the steep descent on either side that must have been scary in the winter conditions and personally I think that the right choice was made that day(even more so since we have re-read 2 Dalmatians report.) We were able to quickly go past the wee ridge and from there it was an easy walk up to the Cairn.
We had made good time going up and even better time going down ,as the ‘bogfest’ that seemed to be mentioned in a lot of reports had dried up considerably and made it into an easy walk back to the car and back to Tyndrum for a well deserved fish supper and a bottle of Schiehallion!
by gammy leg walker » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:13 pm
by 2dalmatians » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:49 pm
by jonny616 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:12 pm
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