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“Views from the West”
Review of Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis
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Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fondly called "Ben" by the locals, Britain's highest mountain towers 4,406 feet above the town of Fort William.
Reviewed 1 September 2014

The road to the west of Fort William has great views of Ben Nevis. Take the A830 west via Corpath along the banks of Loch Eil to Kinlocheil, there turn left onto A861 which takes you along the southern side of Loch Eil and the western bank of Loch Linnhe to Ardgour. The views of Ben Nevis are well worth the drive. At Ardgour you can take the Corran Ferry across Loch Linnhe back to the A82 to head back to Fort William.

Thank Judith C
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

I did this walk on the Bank Holiday weekend and great weather ensured i was never going to be doing this alone . Personally i wasnt too worried it was busy . For anyone with a good level of fitness and proper walking shoes this walk should provide a good challenge and (if you're lucky) the chance for some spectacular views in the most beautiful countryside . I had a great sense of acheivement reaching the top and loved every minute taking in the views for miles in all directions . The walk down is tough on the knees so hiking poles are handy . Don't forget warm clothing , waterproofs and plenty of food and water . If you are inexperienced dont try the climb when the weather is bad. In low cloud, rain or high winds etc it is an altogether different proposition ...there are plenty of other attractions at lower levels for those sort of days .

Thank David W
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

So firstly, we had great weather and it was still cold up at the top and we had snow too. We are not regular walkers but we are reasonably fit and we've done Snowdon on several occasions. although Ben Nevis is a similar distance up and down again, it's a lot steeper with bigger steps. and a lot of people. The views are brilliant on a clear day, take a camera. I should say that my calves and thighs ached for 4 days afterwards.

Thank Kevin W
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

I have reviewed Ben Nevis before but this trip took a completely different route. The route taken was south from the North Face Car Park, heading through a forest and then following the path next to the burn (which leads to the memorial hut). The route involves leaving the path just south of the forest and heading up to Carn Beag Dearg then following the ridge and taking the Carn Mor Dearg arête. There is then a scramble to the summit. The route back followed the tourist route but broke away at Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe where it headed south and cut across back to the forest.

Luckily the weather was perfect with high visibility, low winds and no rain. Temperatures were around 17C at sea level. This route would become much more challenging with a change in conditions.

Starting from the car park the route headed south into a forest. This is a steep forest and it climbs rapidly as the path zigzags through. On leaving the forest you get the first view of Ben Nevis. The path to the memorial hut is well defined but harder to distinguish is the track up to Carn Bearg Dearg. It leaves the main path at NN1521074406. This track was quite boggy and it was quite a slog. Having got onto the ridge progress was steady until Carn Mor Dearg. Shortly after this is the CMD arête which, although less than 1 mile long, took a considerable time to negotiate due to the need to scramble around rock after boulder after rock. A cairn marks the end of the arête and the start of a substantial (200m height) scramble to the summit.

Descent was easy with a few boggy areas west of the burn (Allt a'Mhuilinn). As an experienced walker (not a climber) I was surprised how much time was needed for this route with the ascent taking about twice as much time as the tourist path.

Thank UKtraveller054
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

Husband,sister and myself (40plus) with boys 17,9 and 8 year old decided to climb just because we were staying at caravan park...no preparation, boys in trainers. It's rocky underfoot, we felt every stone and rock, just as hard on way down...took 7 hours at relaxed pace and regular breaks...
Take more water than food, good footwear, however younger kids struggled (8yearold carried on 17 year old shoulder for a good hour...)
It was just luck and fantastic sunshine that we didn't have to turn back with children.we were so proud of ourselves and got a certificate at end.

1  Thank romanceriva
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