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Lunch on Ben Lomond

Lunch on Ben Lomond


Postby withypitts » Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:07 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 01/06/2016

Time taken: 6 hours

Ascent: 990m

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Is it alright to post walk reports a long time after the event? Here goes anyway.

A few years ago it occurred to me that, although I live in the south of England, it was easier to get to the Southern Highlands (via Gatwick Airport) than to the Lake District. With a bit of luck I could leave home in Sussex at around 7am and enjoy lunch half way up Ben Lomond. Here was the opportunity: a fine day in early June 2016.

Having stocked up in the Tesco at Glasgow Airport, I was at the Rowardennan car park by 1pm and set off up the Ptarmigan path in glorious weather. The bluebells were in full flower a month later than they had been in Sussex,
although the bracken seemed to be at about the same stage of development.

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Bluebells


Views across to the Cobbler and Beinn Nairnan soon opened up.

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Arrochar Alps


It was soon time for a lateish lunch overlooking Loch Lomond, as planned.

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Cheese Triple


After a while Ben Lui made an appearance in the distance.

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Ben Lui on the horizon


A monster rock with a fine backdrop marked the start of the final steep ascent.

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Large rock


When I arrived at about 5pm the summit was almost deserted, and the views were spectacular in all directions.

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Towards Ben More


The dramatic eastern corrie came into view as I set off back down on the main track.

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Eastern Corrie


The late afternoon descent on the main path was perfect, with none of the crowds I had heard about.

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Last glimpse of the summit


Who could ask for a finer day out in the June sunshine? It certainly makes a change from the South Downs.
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Re: Lunch on Ben Lomond

Postby Sunset tripper » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:10 pm

Nice trip. Ben Lomond is one of the furthest munros from me. A great hill and doesn't deserve the bad press it sometimes gets. :D
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