Ben Venue is one of those Scottish hills which have the characteristics of true mountains. It is rocky and prominent, with great views over the surrounding countryside, especially towards the high mountains beyond Loch Katrine to the north.
In good weather it's a reasonable short day's hike with some rough walking as you approach the summit. On the day we climbed it, we were wading through 2ft of snow in many places and it turned into a serious expedition! But the views were impressive all the same. It's an out-and-back route, but you can make a circuit of the hilltops by climbing onto Creag a Bhealaich as we did, or including the tops of Beinn Bhreac.
- I'll remember this most for the way a straightforward walk can be transformed by moderate snowfall
- The best bit was when the sun broke through again after the snow shower near the summit
- The worst bit was the hard work involved getting through the soft snow
- The funniest bit was when the pack of dogs dashed down to the burn at the end of the walk
- Words of warning - the approach path traverses the steep sides of a deep glen so although it is safe to follow the path, care is needed if taking young children. Also look out for where the path divides among the trees, taking the left fork.
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to Scotland page for links to other stories
|Date walked||14 March 2008|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||Requires good stamina and hillwalking skills|
|Distance||7 miles / 11km|
|Time taken||5 hrs 45 mins|
|Map used||OS Landranger 1:50,000 sheet no 57: Stirling & The Trossachs|
|Walk source info||One Hundred Hill Walks Around Glasgow - John Chalmers, Mainstream Publishing, 1988; and www.incallander.co.uk|
|Getting there||By car via Aberfoyle, parking in layby beside Loch Ard at end of road to Ledard Farm (map ref 458023)|
|Places to stay||Macdonald Hotels Forest Hills, very close by, or in Aberfoyle|
|Other features||Steep-sided glen, attractive woodland and small waterfalls near the farm|