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Harder Walks
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Introduction

This is a selection of harder walks not more than 40 minutes drive from Lenymede Bed and Breakfast. For walks in other areas close to Lenymede bed and breakfast go to Callander Walks Page or the Central Trossachs Walks Page.

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Ben Ledi - 879m

Ben Ledi from Callander Meadows - 5k. Click to go to picture gallery.Visible from almost everywhere in Callander, especially looking along the High Street, Ben Ledi towers magnificently above the town honouring its Gaelic name which means 'Hill of God'. Given a clear day good views from the summit include, Loch Katrine, Ben Lomond, The Arrochar Alps, Ben More, The Tarmachans, Ben Lawers, Beinn Each, Stuc á Chroin and Ben Vorlich. To the south, the Forth Valley can be seen stretching away with Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument clearly visible.

Memorial cross to a membere of Killin Mountain rescue, Ben Ledi - 4k. Click to go to picture gallery.The usual ascent is up the south ridge starting from the car park just south of Loch Lubnaig on the western bank of the River Leny, grid reference NN586092. Take the turning marked Stank Road. The round trip takes about 3 hours. Alternatively a longer circular route of 6 miles, may be taken by ascending the very attractive Stank Glen, though recently much disturbed by logging operations. This route leads onto the northern ridge via a col and the descent is via the normal route the southern. Allow approximately 4 to 5 hours.

Ben Venue - 727m

Towering over The Trossachs, in the true sense of the word, this peak offers stupendous views of Loch Katrine, Loch Achray, and Loch Venachar. To the north can be seen Ben More, The Crianlarich Hills, The Tamarachans and Ben Lawers to name just a few. This is a serious peak, not to be tackled lightly. The peak may be ascended from the south, 8 miles, and returning by the same route, or by starting from Loch Achray Hotel to the east and ascending via the Coire nan Uruisgean. The descent is then made south easterly into the Achray Forest.

Ben Vorlich - 985m

Ben Vorlich from Stuc á Chroin - 5k. Click to go to picture gallery.This Munro can be approached from a number of directions; southwards from Ardvorlich on the shores of Loch Earn; eastwards from Glen Ample over Beinn Each and Stuc á Chroin, more serious owing to the steep rocky descent required of the latter; and northwards from Callander either via Stuc á Chroin or along Ben Vorlich's southern ridge. The return route may be similarly chosen according to transport arrangements. The best alternative, if Callander based, is bus to the South Loch Earn Road and walk back to Callander via Ben Vorlich and Stuc á Chroin or the south ridge and hence to Callander.

Stuc á Chroin - 972m

A lovely spot with good views especially of Ben Vorlich. Can be reached directly from Callander via Braeleny Farm, Arivurichardich and the southern ridge, from Glen Ample via Beinn Each, or directly from Ben Vorlich. For this alternative ascend Glen Vorlich from Loch Earn and then descend the southwest ridge to the foot of the steep rocky face of Stuc á Chroin. This may be ascended by a precipitous path or turned on the right avoiding the difficulty.

Ben Each - 811m

Gleann a Chroin from Ben Each - 4k. Click to go to picture gallery. A peak with good views along Glen Ample, this ascent provides an alternative access to Stuc á Chroin - 972m and Ben Vorlich. Take the Glen Ample path from Ardchullarie More on Loch Lubnaig ascending through the forest to the forestry track. Turn left and continue to climb less steeply following the stream deeply cut on your left. This is the same route as for the Glen Ample walk. Continue until you reach a prominent stream crossing the path and turn right shortly after. Ascend the hill heading towards a large boulder and then zig zag up. Depending on the time of year and usage a footpath may be visible, however to reach the summit just continue to climb upwards.

Return the way you came or descend to the north and follow the footpath along the knobbly ridge line until you can reach the col leading to the west face of Stuc á Chroin - 972m. Ascend this and on to Ben Vorlich if you wish, to Callander via the south ridge, or back the way you came.

Ben Lomond - 974m

Standing tall above Loch Lomond, this peak offers the opportunity of wonderful views of the Loch, the Arrochar Alps, Loch Katrine and Ben Venue, Ben More and many others. You can approach from Rowardennan in the south up the long steady southern ridge, approximately 5 hours, or more steeply from Loch Dhu to the east. In summer the ascent is straight forward, but in winter it becomes a much more serious proposition.

The Crianlarich and Balquhidder Hills

This group of mountains is bordered to the south by Loch Voil and Loch Doine, to the north by Glen Dochart, to the east by Glen Ogle and to the west by Glen Falloch. The mountains are separated into several groups by glens running from north to south and these offer interesting walks in their own rights and in particular Kirkton Glen with the hidden Lochan an Eireannaich tucked below the looming crag Leum am Eireannaich which sits high up the head of the pass. Try climbing the very impressive Rob Roy's Putting Stone which is just below the lochan to the south.

The jewels in the crown though, are Ben More (1174m) and Stob Binnein (1165m) the highest peaks in the area, dominating the group and visible from as far away as Glasgow. These peaks look easier than they are and represent a lengthy excursion; in winter they become an extremely serious proposition and should not be taken lightly.

Ben Cleuch - 671m

Ascending Ben Cleuch - 5k. Click to go to picture gallery.The highest peak of the Ochils, Ben Cleuch may be approached from Tillicoultry, up the Mill Glen. The lower sections of the walk offer the sight of many delightful waterfalls, but then a long steep, but not difficult, ascent up grassy slopes reveals more and more of the Forth Valley to the south and south-west.

A circular route may be taken by descending into Alva and then back through woodlands to Tillicoultry. Though only of moderate difficulty this walk should only be tackled in fine weather.

Further Walking Information

For details of a range of walks look at the following pages;

For further walking information go to the Hill Safety Page, the Walk List Page or the Walking Links Page Pages.

Further Activities Information

For further activities information go to the Main Activities, the Activity Holiday Page or Cycling, Fishing, or Golfing Pages.

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