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Praise for honest walkers

Posted 17 August 2011
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Dozens of people may have walked past it in their hiking boots, but an honesty box left on Scotland's southernmost Munro has enjoyed more donations rather than being stolen after the National Trust for Scotland inadvertently left it there.

Volunteers repairing footpaths on Ben Lomond left a tub for the public to add donations to as a means of showing appreciation for the work and funding further improvements.

However, the group forgot to hide it away when they came off the mountain in bad weather, only to find another £40 was in the tub when they returned up the mountain two days later.

National Trust for Scotland ranger Alasdair Eckersall said it had been a "great surprise" to find climbers had added to the cash rather than taking it.

The 3,195 ft mountain is one of over 20 Munros in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the highest being Ben More at 3,852 ft.