Bank Holiday Monday was billed as the best weather day of the 3 so we planned our walking for that day on route back home from Scotland taking in some Border hills. After a lovely breakfast in Moffat we headed a little south to the National Trust Car Park that was the start of the path up the side of the hill.
The path soon came out at the Loch and we could see our first hill straight ahead, Lochcraig Head and the path going straight up the side. The only good thing about a steep path is that its generally quick, as in you get to the top quicker than if it weaves its way round and round and this one was certainly steep. Another surprise of the day was the mucky bog that met us as we left the lochside which we waded through until we reached the base of the hill. Horrid stuff but we managed to navigate it quite well and didnt have a major bog incident!
The steep path swung to the left near the top and took us right up to the cairn at the top which gave us a very good view of White Coomb which was our next target. It had snow on it and the air was a bit on the chilly side now especially when in the wind. Hats and gloves on we ventured forward towards the big dip. What generally happens after a big dip..........yep you guessed it, a big steep climb back up the other side and thats exactly what we got. Today's walk was certainly a leg stretcher.
04 May 2015
26 December 2014
We hoped we'd be lucky today but as the mist and fog lay settled on Loch Lubnig obscuring our view of any hill we were doubtful. Nevertheless we parked the car at the foot of the path and set off. The first thing that was different now to the first time I wandered up Ledi was the trees. The start of the walk was through a thick forested area then out onto an open path but all these initial trees were gone, sadly. The path was open from the start and almost immmediately as we started to climb up the path the views started to open giving us a glimpse of the hill ahead.
Onwards and upwards the views just continued to pour out from each side. Behind, to the left and to the right. The cloud was still sitting thick and fast on the Loch but as the sun tried to peek out we could see over to where Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin was and the light was just starting to touch them.
The sun was trying so hard to come out and when it finally did poke its head through the clouds it gave a golden hue to everything. Shadows created and light danced upon the snowy ground. I didnt have my sunglasses with me but for the first time today I needed them.
We ventured off northwards and followed the path that would take us round towards Benvane but not that far. We'd make a right turn and follow a path downwards. I'd never been this way before so it was a nice change from going back the way we'd come up. The path itself was fairly straightforward and guided us round the flanks of Ben Ledi downwards through the valley behind.
The path down was uneventful and took us through the forest and quickly back to the road from the holiday cottages that ran parallel to the main road. The whole walk took just over 5 hrs and it was lovely to see the Ben with its sprinkling of snow but soon we were back at the car and on our way back to mum and dads after a grand Boxing Day on a hill.