The Ordnance Survey recently announced that the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, is actually taller than first though. For the first time since 1949, the mountain was ascended by surveyors and they found that the mountain is 1,345m high, a whole metre taller than originally recorded.
So here at ViewRanger, we’ve chosen some tracks on and around Ben Nevis that will give you a mixture of summit scaling and relaxing rambles in the Scottish Highlands.
1. River Lundie walk, Leanachan Forest (£)
Length: 2.13 miles
By Walk Highlands
A simple route through forestry, you’ll get glimpses of the neighbouring mountain and a walk along a sort section of riverside. A very pleasant leg stretcher.
2. Ben Nevis via the Mountain Track (£)
Difficulty: Very Hard
Length: 9.06 miles
By Walkingworld Ltd
Starting from sea level, this route offers (in sunny conditions) superb views of a vast area of lochs, glens and other mountain peaks, all the way to the summit.
Despite being formerly known as the ‘tourist route’, this is a serious mountain challenge and should be treated as such; the correct gear, fitness and ability are a must.
3. Steall Gorge, Lochaber
Length: 1.97 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine
This low level, two-mile circular walk takes you through the dramatic Steall Gorge, providing an experience of the forest marvels, such as trees of alder, ash, birch and Scottish pine. Sections of the path can be rocky and slippery but with a little care this is a superb walk, suitable for almost everyone.
4. Ben Nevis Scramble
Length: 9.66 miles
By Trail Magazine
This route gives an amazing all-day scrambling expedition to the summit of the Ben Nevis via ridges and ledges, providing you with views of the surrounding area.
This is a serious mountain challenge and should be treated as such; the correct gear, fitness and ability are a must.
5. Cow Hill circuit, Fort William (£)
Length: 6.88 miles
By Walk Highlands
Cow Hill is another summit by Fort William, it blocks the view of Ben Nevis from the town itself. It is part of a simple circuit that gives views of the town, Ben Nevis and Loch Linnhe.
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