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Ben Venue from Loch Ard

Ben Venue from Loch Ard


Postby ikt68 » Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:13 pm

Route description: Ben Venue from Ledard Farm

Grahams included on this walk: Ben Venue

Date walked: 26/12/2009

Time taken: 4 hours

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Just a few random snaps from a Boxing Day trip. Might not be a Munro but plenty of walking in this one, and navigation would be tricky at the top in poor conditions.

A bit claggy during most of the walk, but milder than the pics suggest. Some heavy snow came down while we were descending and am very glad we were not caught up in that higher up.

Strange thing was we did not see another soul out on the hills that day. Apart from the goats that is...

Mountain Goats (?) on the lower slopes
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Crossing the metal "bridge" just before the 'big stile'
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Looking back towards Loch Ard
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Long haul up towards the 'small stile'
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Heading into the last section
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Looking down towards the Loch Achray route
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In a rare clear moment, with summit in background
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On the summit
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Starting the descent
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View to Loch Katrine
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Snowing on the final descent
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Re: Ben Venue from Loch Ard

Postby benno » Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:56 pm

Nice pictures, I was up Ben Ledi yesterday and it was much the same. Snowing from about 11.30am and all the way down to the car. Nothing to see from the top, except that I have never seen so many people on a Corbett (except Ben Vrackie) before in my life. People were queueing up the hill, including a huge party with down hill skis planning to head down off the other side. Mental.
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Re: Ben Venue from Loch Ard

Postby Alan S » Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:03 pm

Some good pics there
I done this twice from loch ard but would be keen to try the route from loch acrhay
When i first saw the goats they looked like deer from a distance was pretty embarresed when i got closer and realised what they were.
now whenever we go out and see any deer my mates will say look at they goats :)
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Re: Ben Venue from Loch Ard

Postby John Burgess » Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:10 pm

Nice report - thanks. One of the hills I really keep meaning to get up.

I was planning heading into that area today (Beinn Each and Stuc a Chroin from Loch Lubnaig) but woke to several inches of snow and the A9 closed near Dunblane. Spent the morning digging the driveway clear instead :(

Mind you I carried on and dug my way through to the pub next door so the day hasn't been entirely wasted :lol:

All the best,

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Re: Ben Venue from Loch Ard

Postby kevsbald » Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:05 pm

John,

I hope you hivnae drank the entire bottle of HP already!
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Re: Ben Venue from Loch Ard

Postby malky_c » Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:53 pm

benno wrote: Nothing to see from the top, except that I have never seen so many people on a Corbett (except Ben Vrackie) before in my life. People were queueing up the hill, including a huge party with down hill skis planning to head down off the other side. Mental.


Pretty impressive. I was nearby on Creag Mac Ranaich and the adjacent Corbett whose name I have forgotten and didn't see anyone else all day, apart from a couple of estate workers chopping wood at the bottom. Was also rather lacking in views, although some fenceposts made parts of the navigation easier.
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Re: Ben Venue from Loch Ard

Postby mountain coward » Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:55 am

Looks a great hill - hope to do it one day... eventually... sigh - just soooo many Munros! At least I've started on the Corbetts as well now as I've done all the Munros in some of the areas I still want to go.
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Re: Ben Venue from Loch Ard

Postby bootsandpaddles » Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:44 pm

This is one of my favourite walks. I have seen the goats, too, and I saw some recently on the WHW between Rowardennan and Inversnaid. The smell was overpowering! :sick:
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Re: Ben Venue from Loch Ard

Postby mountain coward » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:51 am

That's the Billies - don't think the nannys smell!
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