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Steall Gorge path work underway

Posted 16 November 2012
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Steall Gorge path work underway
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Work is now underway on repairing the Steall Gorge pathway in Glen Nevis, a popular and iconic walk.

The impact of thousands of walking boots and shoes has worn away the path through the gorge, making it dangerous in places, but landowner the John Muir Trust has succeeded in raising the necessary funds to start work fixing the problem.

Because the gorge is narrow, wooded and cannot be accessed by wheeled vehicles, a helicopter drop of materials has been necessary.

Commenting on the work, footpath officer for the Trust Chris Goodman said the public response to the fundraising appeal had been "magnificent".

He added: "The path is justifiably popular with all age groups. The trail is suitable for young families on a day out and elderly people who might find it too difficult to reach a high summit.

"And for experienced climbers and mountaineers, it is an access path to some of more challenging routes high into the Nevis and Mamore mountain ranges."

Winter boots may be the best equipment for those who take to the path once it is completed. For those taking a short walk, the sight of the gorge opening out into the Steall Meadow at the top and offering a prime view of the An Steall Ban waterfall may make for a great trip, but the mountaineers Mr Goodman mentioned will certainly be in their element.

The Steall Bridge is a famous route across the Watres of Nevis from the meadow to the Mamores, with a steep path up Stob Coire a'Chairn. From here, one very popular walk is the ring of Steall, which continues on through the Munros of An Gearanach, Am Bodach and Sgurr a' Mhaim.

Alternatively, those walking eastwards can enjoy more Munros in the quartz-encrusted forms of Na Gruagaichean, Sgurr Eilde Mor, Binnein Mor and Binnein Beag.

The Nevis Range can be accessed from Steall via a path from the Ruins of Steall up Aonach Beag, at 4,048 ft the second highest mountain in the Lochaber area.

Further along the ridge is the 4,006 ft Aonach Mor and below that the Nevis Range ski resort, where walkers who have had enough for the day may get some tea at the Snowgoose restaurant and take the cable car down the mountain.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801489240-ADNFCR