Ben Vorlich, Stuc a’ Chroin and Beinn Each
These mountains, which stand above Strathearn, form a dividing line between the mountains of the North and the central lowlands of Scotland.
The walk will take in two munros and a Corbett as we travel south towards Callander. Meeting the minibus meet at the end the journey will afford us the luxury of completing a linear route to the three summits.
We’ll set off from Arvorlich, up the the northern ridge of Ben Vorlich (hill of the bay) on a well worn path, which will give us plenty time to take in the views unfolding to the west. From the trig point on Vorlich summit, a steep stony path to the south west will lead to Bealach an Dubh Choirein and to the start of the vegetated staircase path that winds its way up the steep rocks guarding Stuc a’ Chroin (peak of the sheepfold). Some confidence on steep ground will be required here and some easy scrambling will be necessary.
From the top, after a quickish descent, we’ll traverse the knolls in a gentle curve round to Ben Each with the final ascent again being a weaving steep path between crags. Once here though the hills take on a different more gently nature encouraging us on downwards to Glen Ample, the minibus and the cafes of Callander.
It will be a rewarding day demanding hill fitness and confidence on some steep ground and which will give everyone a challenging and fun day out.
Walk duration - 8hrs Some scrambling required on the ascent of Stuc a Chroin. Confidence roping may be used, as a contingency plan, by team leader if required in the event of anyone “freezing”. If weather is unsuitable for this walk, the alternative walk is to climb up Ben Vorlich from the more remote Glen Artney side. We'll drive up past Cultybraggan to Auchinner farm then start walking along Alt na Dubh Coreinn to the ford. At this point we'll ascend the broad ridge to Ben Vorlich summit and return by the usual track to the pick up at Advorlich house by Lochearn. (13kms)
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.