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 10 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 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: NN113742
Follow the A82 through Fort William to the Junction at Nevis Bridge.
About 2 km (roughly 2 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 km (roughly 2 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 km (roughly 2 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 7 km (roughly 5 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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