Lovely weather was forecast, I was able to stay in Glasgow for part of the summer and hitting the hills seemed like a good idea! My friend Keith and I joined forces and headed to Rowardennan. It was an afternoon start due to work commitments in the morning but we had plenty of daylight.
I had wanted to go up the Ptarmigan ridge, but we struggled to find the start of it, plus Keith was being a big wuss. So we settled for the boring tourist route.
The ascent was easy and not very interesting, although we met a group of lads on bikes who were cycling up. Most were doing a lot of carrying, although there was one that we dubbed the “Duracell Bunny” as he just kept on going!
Looking across to the Cobbler
Finally coming out the top onto the ridge the views opened out
Eventually we reached the summit and were able to enjoy the famed views down Loch Lomond
Our objective reached, I was able to see the top of the Ptarmigan ridge. Thinking that it would be a shame to return via the same route, I suggested going down it. It was a fabulous route, despite Keith’s complaints “It’s a ridge, that means danger!”
I’m sure in bad conditions it may have been tricky but on a day like this it was a joy. Eventually on easier ground we were able to enjoy water features…
…so pretty that I didn’t notice my apple escaping 😦
But it did mean a perfect excuse for stopping at the Oak Tree Inn on the way home for some epic mince and tatties!
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