Hello readers!

1 03 2011

I’ve started this blog in response to requests from my friends to write further about my cowardly exploits in the hills of Britain and elsewhere.

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The Tarmachan Ridge

18 04 2014

October 2009
After some really awful weather, we finally got a good day on our Lawers trip so it was decided it must be Tarmachan day! It was sunny and warm as we left the cottage (although the road up the steep hill to the visitor centre was pretty icy) but we noticed as we parked up down the quarry track opposite the visitor centre that there was a very cold north wind. We set off briskly to try to get warm. What looked initially like it would be a long and tedious ascent to the first top went surprisingly easily and quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Days to do The Lawers Round – Mainly in the Clag!

6 04 2014

October 2009
Day 1: 10 miles 4857 ft – Day 2: didn’t know, didn’t care!

This report covers two days, the second of which was so dreish I didn’t even bother to take my camera (and wasn’t sorry) and the first of which only cleared up in the last hour on the way back down! I’ve spaced the photos out into their relevant places though or they’d all be in the middle!

During Richard and my week in the Ben Lawers area, our plans were to do the Ben Lawers horseshoe by starting up Meall Greigh and doing the ridge right round to Beinn Ghlas and then back along the track which goes from under Ben Lawers to Lochan nan Cat. However, the weather had other plans and it was mostly so dire we really didn’t want to do the whole ridge in one go as we were holding out in hope of a view one day. Read the rest of this entry »

Compleation time! Sat 31 May 2014

29 03 2014

Hi folks,
I’ve finally whittled the 284/3/2 (keeps changing) Munros down to 2 left and they have to be done together as they are Ben Lui and Beinn a’ Chleibh. So, this is a general invite to any hillwalkers who read my blog to join me.

Please leave a comment or use the ‘Contact Me’ page if you want to come

I will be staying in Crianlarich and intend to have a meal afterwards – probably in the Rod & Reel pub as we like the pub food there and they do great puds :-)  There is a Youth Hostel, a Best Western Hotel, various B&Bs and 2 lots of log cabins in/near Crianlarich.

I can’t promise good weather but I’m hoping the snow will have gone.

As I want to leave Ben Lui as my final peak but want to walk them from Dalrigh, I’ve chosen the following proposed route:

Park up at Dalrigh and follow the Cononish track to the foot of Coire Gaoithaich.  Take the left-hand (East) ridge up to a shoulder where I expect to see a path crossing a scree patch and heading on a grassy rake above some crags to the south ridge of the hill (the path is there as I’ve seen it in photos).  I will then be contouring around the back of the hill to reach the a’ Chleibh col.  From there it will be a quick bob up Beinn a’ Chleibh and back and then the pull up the ridge on the back of Ben Lui.  From the summit I intend to take the NE ridge (usual route) down the front of the peak back to the Cononish. Approximate mileage 15 miles.

It would be really nice to meet some of you so I hope some of you will come :-)

Mealls Corranaich & a’ Choire Leith

23 03 2014

October 2009
The next 4 posts are a series of walks from a week in a cottage at Lawers Village under the Ben Lawers range…

At the start of October 2009, Richard and I took a trip to Loch Tay with the intention of bagging all the Lawers area Munros. The cottage in Lawers village was really beautiful – we got accidentally upgraded as our smaller booked cottage got flooded just before we arrived due to a water-filter problem and we were put in a huge 8-bed bungalow which should have been vastly more expensive but of course we’d already paid the rate for the other cottage. In addition it also had a carport which was wonderful for my poor ol’ Sunny, especially considering the weather we had… Read the rest of this entry »

Aiming Low – Low Fell and Fellow Mossers

15 03 2014

25 Nov 2013
On an early winter trip to Braithwaite, Richard and I had one glorious day – or at least to start with. As I’ve decided he’s now collecting ‘Wainwrights’, I said it would be really nice to go to Loweswater and do the Mosser Fell group – very low, easy and pretty fells.

Mosser Fells
The Mosser Fell Group across Crummock Water
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Calling All You Active Folks – Charity Challenge in Scotland

10 03 2014

I’ve been contacted by a Cancer Care charity in Scotland who are running their annual ‘Bike and Hike’ challenge along the scenic Great Glen Way in May and are looking for people to take part. For those who don’t know it, the Great Glen Way follows the beautiful Caledonian Canal… Their goal is to raise enough money to open 2 more cancer care centres in Scotland – one in Lanarkshire and another in the Forth Valley. Their event is “Maggie’s Monster Bike & Hike” and details can be found at:

Maggies Monster Bike & Hike

You don’t have to be super-fit so, if you’re going to be in Scotland around that time, why not give it a go?

Winter Beinn MacDuibh (Ben MacDui)

6 03 2014

In Feb 08 I went with one of my walking groups (as in groups I walk with – not lead!) to the Glen More Youth Hostel near Aviemore. The day before the trip I’d just come out of hospital with an asthma attack but, being a Yorkshire person, I’d paid so I was going! ;-) Anyway I needed the practice at winter walking and the Cairngorms are my favourite place for that…

The Cairngorms from near the Youth Hostel in Summer Read the rest of this entry »