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Lost Valley can be found again after Glencoe footbridge reopens

Posted 13 November 2012
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Lost Valley can be found again after Glencoe footbridge reopens
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Those who like to go walking in Glencoe will never be short of exciting challenges. Offering several Munros and a smattering of Corbetts and Grahams, the valley is famous for its rocky features, from the iconic crags of Buachaille Etive Mor and the unmistakeable shape of the Pap of Glencoe to the knife-edge Aonach Eagach ridge.

However, in recent months walkers have found it a little harder to reach one particular feature of the glen. The Lost Valley is a high meadow between the crags of Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach. A huge boulder field seperates it from the rest of the glen below.

A bridge across the River Coe on the path up to the Lost Valley was closed for repairs by the Naional Trust for Scotland in June, forcing walkers to take a lengthy detour to the Coire Nan Lochan bridge. 

It has taken a few months for the work to be completed, but the Mountaineering Council of Scotland has now confirmed the bridge is back in action. Winter boots are now the order of the day, but at least the access is back.

Historically, the lost valley - or Coire Gabhail to give it its Gaelic name - was used by cattle rustlers to hide livestock. For those heading up to the mountains, it makes for a spectacular route to the col between the two Munros, while it can also be used as a descent route back into the glen.

Bidean nam Bian is the loftiest of all the Glencoe peaks - and the 24th highest Munro of all - at 3,772 ft. On a clear day, over 200 mountains can be seen from its summit, as well as the sea and the Isle of Mull.

Stob Coire Sgreamhach was listed as a mere subsidiary top of Bidean nam Bian, but was upgraded to full Munro status when the list was revised in 1997. It stands at 3,517 ft high.

These two are the highest peaks in the glen and walkers will certainly need to be prepared for wintry conditions at such altuitudes. Winter jackets and crampons may be particularly useful. Thankfully for those taking on such a challenge, the route up and down can be completed much sooner now a diversion is no longer needed to cross the river.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801486833-ADNFCR