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Ben Venue from Loch Achray

Ben Venue from Loch Achray

Postby central_hillwalker » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:48 pm

Route description: Ben Venue from Loch Achray

Grahams included on this walk: Ben Venue

Date walked: 19/07/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 14 km

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Highly recommend this walk. The views were stunning throughout the walk due to there being features such as waterfalls and the change of landscape. Unfortunately however due to the weather changing as we climber higher the view at the summit was only clouds! But still a great walk never less! Hope you like the pictures!

Began the walk from the car park at Loch Achray. the first stage takes you through a section of woodland with areas of bog covered by walkways. You then head up a road used by Scottish Water and over the river (was very fast flowing at the time so looked amazing!) and into another wooded area, this time surrounded by taller trees etc. There is a well worn path throughout this stage.

River prior to woodland.jpg
River prior to wooded area

After a short time in the woods you head up towards a more open area and a smaller path takes you along the base of the hill until you reach a large waterfall. This was one of the highlights of the walk, as always natural features never fail to disappoint and look far better in real life than a description can ever tell!

Small waterfall.jpg

Another view of waterfall.jpg
Another view of waterfall

Once at the waterfall the path fades slightly and terrain becomes steeper, however follow the course of the hill up the side of the waterfall. At the top the small river becomes slightly larger (not sure if this was only due to rainfall previous days) simply follow this until you come to a cairn. The path is now more visible and although not large it is easy to follow (as always take map compass etc though).

View back down the glen.jpg
View back down the glen

After reaching the cairn turn right and again follow the path along the ridge. The path dips and rises a couple of times until the summit becomes visible! By this time however the clouds had closed in on us and slightly spoiled the anticipated views over the Trossachs. This did not take away from how great the walk was and will definitely be back! (hopefully on a clear day!!)

We made it!!.jpg
We made it!!

Coming back down.jpg
Coming back down

Hope this comes in handy to anyone thinking of climbing Ben Venue!
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