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Programme of May Walks

Date 2018

Grade

Title and Description

Sunday

6th

May

B on distance

Glen Kinglas to Aqueduct at the foot of Ben Vorlich (Photo 1191)(1192)(1193)

Follow Glen Kinglas to the aqueduct and return by the same route.

Terrain: Good undulating track through the Glen.

Distance: 18 km, duration 4½ hrs, total ascent 408m to max. ht 382m.

Start point: Butterbridge car park on A83(T).

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 28 miles / 45 mins

OS Map Landranger 56, Explorer 364 / OL39, Grid ref: NN 235095

Saturday

12th

May

C+  

Glen Tarken Loop (Photo 1194)(1195)(1196)

A walk through woodland to Glentarken Burn and then along the west side of Glen Tarken. We follow a shooters’ track through heather moorland to the head of the Glen before returning to St Fillans via the east side of the glen. Extensive views of Loch Earn and Ben Vorlich.

Terrain: Mostly on shooters’ access tracks but a short section of old railway and a woodland path.

Distance: 15 km, duration 5 hrs, total ascent 490m to max ht. 470m.

Start point: Layby on A85 immediately after the 30-mph sign when entering St Fillans from the west. (Toilet block – open in March on left and layby on both left and right side of road).

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 57 miles / 1hr 35mins

OS Map Landranger 51 / Explorer 368 / OL47, Grid ref: NN 689246.

Sunday

13th

May

B+

Glen Finlas Horseshoe (Photo 1197)

Circuit of the hills above Glen Finlas reservoir.

Terrain: Moderate ascents/descents on open, rough, grassy slopes with faint hill paths on higher ground. Short distance on tarmac roads. Shantron Muir towards Balcnock can be wet and some peat hags to negotiate on Creachan Hill.

Distance: 16 km, duration 7 hrs, total ascent 790 m to max. ht. 693 m.

Start point: Lay-by on south side of A817 close to junction with A82.

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 6 miles / 15 mins

OS Map Landranger 56 / Explorer 347 / OL38, Grid ref: NS 352882.

9:00 HRS DEPARTURE FROM HELENSBURGH PIER

Saturday

19th

May

B on distance

Arrochar / Ardgarten / Cat Craig Loop

Climb the zig-zag path to the forestry track. Walk south west to Ardgartan. Follow the Cat Craig loop and return by the same track.

Terrain: Paths and forest tracks.

Distance: 18 km, duration 6 hrs, total ascent 550 m to max. ht. 190 m.

Start point: Succoth / Arrochar car park opposite start of zig-zag path. £1 parking fee.

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 20 miles / 35mins

OS Map Landranger 56 / Explorer 364 / OL39, Grid ref: NN 294049.

Saturday

26th

May

B

Carrick Castle to Ardentinny and back

Undulating route partly in woodlands with lovely views across Loch Goil and Loch Long.

Terrain: Mainly good paths and forestry tracks which can be muddy.

Distance: 18 km, duration 7 hrs, total ascent 530 m to max. ht. 120 m.

Start point: Car park at Carrick Castle.

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 35 miles / 1hr 30 mins

OS Map Landranger 56 / Explorer 363/OL37, Grid ref: NS 194944.

It is emphasised that ‘A’ grade walks are strenuous and should only be attempted by those with high standards of fitness and stamina and who are also properly equipped and clothed for the conditions.

Leaders will quite properly turn away those who do not meet these standards as they could create difficulties or danger for other members of the group.

Sunday

27th

May

A

Ben More, Crianlarich

From roadside parking follow rising track above the Benmore Burn before striking up the steep north west ridge directly to the summit. Follow ridge south west down to col with Stob Binnein and descend slope in a north westerly direction to the original track above the burn.

Terrain: Initial track then long steep grassy slope on ascent with a long final traverse descent to the path.

Distance: 7½ km, duration 6 hrs, total ascent 1028 m to max. ht. 1174 m.

Start point: Limited roadside parking close to Benmore Farm.

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 35 miles / 45mins

OS Map Landranger 51 / Explorer 365/ OL46, Grid ref: NN 416260.

0900 HRS DEPARTURE FROM HELENSBURGH PIER

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