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Excellent Day on the Hills

Excellent Day on the Hills

Postby ChrisH » Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:08 pm

Route description: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain

Date walked: 23/06/2015

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 13.5 km

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Excellent day on the Hills!

Good weather forecast worthy of a full day on the hills so off to Arrochar.

Start of the route:
The Start.jpg

After only about 100 metres the footpath directly up to Beinn Narnain breaks off right. The start of the path is not that obvious.
However, within about a 100 metres on this path you should see the old concrete bases of the old hydro pipe
like this
One of the many concrete bases left from the hydro pipe.jpg

This path leads directly up the hill in a straight line with the footpath slightly zig-zaging either side of the concrete bases. The path follows the line of the old pipe which is why it looks like a straight line directly up the slope on the OS map!
The footpath goes straight across the first wide track
After the path crosses the first track it goes straight across up this bit.jpg

The path on the other side of the track looks improbable but on closer inspection the path gets better and continues to follow the concrete bases.

As you gain height the views in Loch Long and Ben Lomond increase
The views start to open up Ben Lomond on the left and the line of the footpath'pipe on the right.jpg

Looking back to the Loch and the line of concrete bases;
Looking back to Loch with the path and line of concrete bases.jpg

This is where the footpath crosses the contouring path
This is where the path crosses the contouring footpath - ignore and go striaght on up.jpg

The path continues straight up and slightly right. On the shoulder of the path becomes fainter but just continue straight up and it re-appears and views of the Cobbler come into view.
Fuirst view of The Cobbler.jpg

A short pull onto the shoulder of Cruach nam Miseag and views to the North (A Chrois and Ben Vane) appear
On Cruach nam Miseag the views to thw North start to opem (A Chrois ).jpg

The path descends before rising up to The Shield
The descent before the path runs up to the Shield.jpg

The Shield.jpg

The views from Beinn Narnain are great:
From Bein Narnain the view along loch Long.jpg

The summit plateau of Bein Narnain with the Trig point'Cairn.jpg

As you start to descend from Beinn Narnain towards Beinn Ime, the footpath up Beinn Ime becomes obvious up the centre of the smooth slope opposite
On the descent path from Beinn Narnain the footpath up the central smooth slope of Bein Ime is seen.jpg

The descent footpath from Beinn Narnain is straightforward apart for a short boulder hop across a flattish boulder field and the boggy bottom section approaching the "Gate"

The path up Beinn Ime is a steady slog, boggy in places but improves just over halfway up and eventually becomes a fine path for the last section leading up to the summit.
Summit block of Beinn Ime.jpg

The ascent from the Gate to the summit of Beinn Ime looks quite a haul but was not as bad as expected - a steady pull. Although this part of the walk is not very interesting the views from the summit of Beinn Ime are tremendous especially out towards the West (Jura etc) and more than compensate.

Grand views from Beinn Ime.jpg

Grand views from Beinn Ime 2.jpg

Grand views from Beinn Ime 3.jpg

Grand views from Beinn Ime 4.jpg

Grand views from Beinn Ime 5.jpg

The descent route back up the same path gives fine views too
On the descent from Beinn Ime - the path on the left Ben Lomond and Beinn Narnain.jpg

Once the gate is reached there is a short section of boggy path contouring across to meet the main path The Cobbler.
Having done the Cobbler many times before I did not ascend the path but it would be only a short diversion to add this to the day.
Instead I followed the main ascent path down passing under the Cobbler to the right passing the path up to the front face of the rocks
The Cobbler from the main footpath.jpg

The good path ( a great deal of work has been done on tis path (thanks to the volunteers!) descends past the big boulders and down to the small dam.
Once in the forest the path winds somewhat laboriously back and forth above the Loch
Near the end of the walk Loch Long below and Ben Lomond on left.jpg

before emerging back at the start .

A cracking day out !
Gate gate at the start of the ascent to Bein Ime.jpg
On the summit of Bein Narnain the view across to Ben Lomond.jpg
From Bein Narnain the view along loch Long.jpg
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Re: Excellent Day on the Hills

Postby SecretSquirrel » Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:19 pm

Good description of the route and cracking pictures. Looks like you had a great day!
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Re: Excellent Day on the Hills

Postby spiderwebb » Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:27 pm

Lovely day there, and great pics. A return to gain the views fir myself :D
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