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Back route up 4,000-ft mountain tipped as top walk

Posted 9 November 2010
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Back route up 4,000-ft mountain tipped as top walk
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Those who like to find a different route to the beaten track on their Ordnance Survey maps may wish to consider a route up Scotland's seventh-highest Munro via Glen Nevis.

Featured as the Scotsman newspaper's latest Walk of the Week, the trek involves climbing through the woods towards the Ruins of Steall in the upper valley, before ascending the 4,048 ft peak of Aonach Beag from the south.

The writer noted: "The path by the tumbling turmoil of the Water of Nevis leads to the Nevis gorge, with its jumble of large boulders sculpted into amazing curves and whorls by the pounding river."

People enjoying such scenery before climbing the mountain may also get more satisfaction from the full ascent than the short-cut provided by the Gondola cable cars of the Nevis Ski resort used to climb it and its 4,006 ft neighbour Aonach Mor from the north.

The Ruins of Steall area also features access to other mountains across the water on the Mamores ridge, via the famous Steall Bridge, made up of three wires.

One of these snapped in May but volunteers from the John Muir Trust ensured the bridge was repaired fully before the end of August.