The big one - Ben Nevis

Submitted by Timwoods on 07 July 2007
OS Explorer Map: 392 - Ben Nevis & Fort William
 
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A circular, full-day mountain (above 600m) walk in Scotland starting at Fort William Railway Station, Highland, about 15km (roughly 9.3 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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You can tackle Britain's highest mountain with a short walk in from nearby Fort William, which has train and bus services. This is a popular walk but also a serious mountain challenge - be prepared!
Start: Fort William Railway Station, OS Grid: NN105743
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 2054m (6739ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 4104m (13466ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 2050m (6727ft)
Max. Elevation: 1340m (4396ft)

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OS Grid: NN105743
The walk starts in Fort William. There are several trains to the town, which is a popular destination for walkers and climbers - with a high number of outdoor shops to meet their every need. There are signposts to the Big Ben in the town.
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 1 OS Grid: NN113742
Follow the A82 through Fort William to the Junction at Nevis Bridge.
About 1.7 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: NN126730
Follow the most northernly of the two roads to Achintee House (not the West Highland way). From here you can join the footpath up Ben Nevis.
About 2.2 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 3 OS Grid: NN147725
At this point, you can take the zigzag path up to the summit - the easiest and most popular route - or take the longer and more challenging scramble via Carn Mor Dearg arete. This second option requires proper scrambling experience and equipment - it's not a walkers' route.
About 2.3 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 4 OS Grid: NN167712
Whichever way you go, you will find your way to the summit, the highest point in Britain! There are the ruins of an old observatory near the summit. Take a photo, have a snack and head down via the zigzag path. Bear in mind - you will need to take a bearing in cloudy or misty weather.
About 6.6 km (roughly 4.1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: NN108742
It's back the same route to Fort William, for a night in the pub or a bus/train home.
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