Ben Ledi & Ben Vane – a ridge walk
The walk starts on good way-marked paths through forestry. Further up the way-marked path continues across open moorland. A short steep climb completes the first stage to the summit of Ben Ledi. From here the walk follows the undulating ridge line in a generally northerly direction mainly on hill paths. Some boggy patches may be encountered. The ridge continues all the way to Ben Vane (NN 5351 1366) where the final descent starts. The descent is over fairly steep grassy slopes then across heather until the glen bottom is reached. There is a short steep drop around rocky patches into the Bealach a’Chonnaidh (NN 5186 1665). A walkers path is picked up in the glen bottom with numerous boggy patches. The walk ends on the unclassified road near Ballimore Farm where there is a small parking area sufficient for three or four cars.
If you would like to see a route map in Google Earth for this walk, please click here to download – Tryst_XH_Ben_Ledi. You will need to have Google Earth downloaded on your PC/tablet in order to view. This file will also show the ‘rise and fall’ of the walk if you choose ‘Edit’, then ‘Show Elevation Profile’.
Walk duration - 6-7 hours
For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.
3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.