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Small mountain 'has Munro qualities'

Posted 28 February 2011
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Small mountain 'has Munro qualities'
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A Scottish peak of only 2,365 ft in height has the qualities of "many a Munro" when it comes to the climb.

The Scotsman Newspaper featured Ben Cleugh - the highest of the Ochil Hills in central Scotland - as its latest Walk of the Week and noted a key feature was the large ascent of 2,200 ft to the top, which was as much as many 3,000-footers offer.

Such a climb was the result of starting at Tillicoultry, which was noted as being in one of "a series of attractive glens that give a wide variety of good ascent routes to breach the southern Ochils escarpment."

However, it was still possible to be back down off the top and into the village again for a late lunch, the article noted.

Ben Cleugh is one of 224 peaks of between 2,000 and 2,499 ft in Scotland classified as Grahams, the distinguishing characteristic being each one must have at least 150 metres of ascent on all sides to be considered a separate mountain.

Notable Grahams include the Pap of Glencoe, Ben Venue and Suilven.