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Mountain hailed as great venue for walk

Posted 16 February 2011
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Mountain hailed as great venue for walk
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Those keen to go walking in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park may enjoy a climb of Ben Venue.

Featured as a walk in the Scotsman Newspaper this week, the peak is far from the highest in the area at 2,392 ft, but lies at the heart of the Trossachs region, overlooking Loch Katrine, with a path up through Forestry Commission land in Gleann Riabhach.

The paper noted the true summit is 300 metres away from the trig point, which means people may make the mistake of thinking they have reached the actual top of the mountain.

A walking GPS may help in such instances, by pinpointing locations so the highest point can be ascertained.

Ben Venue is classified as a Graham because it is between 2,000 and 2,499 ft, a category of hill found frequently in the national park.

The Luss Hills to the west of Loch Lomond forms a group of six of these that can be climbed together in one long day, though checks should be made beforehand on whether it is being used by the Ministry of Defence, which has firing rights in the area.