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Sun and snowy peaks, Bheinn Lochain from Lettermay

Sun and snowy peaks, Bheinn Lochain from Lettermay

Postby TheTortoise » Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:03 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Lochain

Date walked: 15/11/2019

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A gloriously sunny day. We parked at the end of the road to Lettermay, almost immediately encountering a slightly fallen sign which may or may not have indicated that a forest diversion was still in place. We played safe and followed the diversion signs, deducing one from the sign for people going the opposite way. However we balked at crossing the river because our maps showed no obvious way through and we didn't know if more signs were missing and outdated, so we walked on a faint track by the river to connect us to the Cowal way. A little more confusion as the Way marked on the map was not on the ground. We reverted to the forest road since there was no logging, and found that this is the official Cowal Way.
Bheinn Bheula looking intimidating! Our path goes up by the waterfall.
We chose the scenic route on the Cowal Way past the waterfall. This was pretty, and from higher up we had a nice view across towards Lochgoilhead and the Arrochar Alps.
Attractive waterfall
Looking towards Lochgoilhead
One route description describes this path as indifferent, and we would agree. Near the lochan the path crosses the burn by a slack blue rope, possibly useful if you are wading . After a bit of casting around, we found a suitable boulder for me to cross by, since there is no bounce left in my knees. The track by the lochan was good, but we left it very soon to head upwards. There is probably no ideal way up these steep slopes. Near the top there was snow lying in horizontal lines, luckily not too wet and slippy. This is a hill where you pop up virtually at the summit, and are overwhelmed by the views.
Snap happy at the top
And there is Mull
We had lunch, then descended west towards the bealach, keeping some of the views for a bit longer, and finding an easier line of descent.
Cruachan etc
Looking back at the ascent to the top, from a rather unattractive Rest Area. We had started up further to the east.
Then it was a straightforward descent by the forest track and the official Cowal Way. Here is the approximate route.

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