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Ben Lomond tipped as Christmas walk

Posted 10 December 2010
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Ben Lomond tipped as Christmas walk
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A feature on the best Christmas walks has included Ben Lomond as one of the best Scottish options.

The Guardian picked the walk from a book by the Ramblers on the most popular routes around Britain, with the 3,195 ft mountain being climbed in a linear route from Rowardennan on the east side of Loch Lomond, Great Britain's largest freshwater lake.

It suggested ice axes and crampons will be required along with the usual walking boots and winter jacket for a cold-weather ascent of the mountain, the southernmost of Scotland's 283 Munros.

During warmer months, the route is a more straightforward one up grassy slopes, with no crags, scrambles or narrow ridges involved.

And when daylight hours are longer there are alternative options to the straight up-and-down route listed by the Guardian, such as returning via the Ptarmigan Ridge or descending the north side of the mountain to add the 2,072 ft Corbett of Cruinn a' Bheinn.