The climb of Ben Ledi was a slightly more ambitious edition of the GOC Scotland Sunday walks, being the ascent of a ‘proper’ mountain. Ben Ledi is a Corbett (a mountain in Scotland with a height between 2500 and 2999 feet) on the edge of the Trossachs national park. It stands in an isolated position and rises abruptly above Scotland’s Central belt.
The climb of the hill is quite straightforward, and justifiably popular. The climb is steep in places but the path is good throughout.
Nine of us turned out for the walk, despite the cold, but fortunately dry weather, a brisk south west wind giving severe buffeting on the summit ridge so we didn’t linger. After a very brief examination of the memorial to a mountain rescue member who was killed on the nearby Ben More, we, descended the north ridge of the mountain before turning east to eventually walk down ‘Stank Glen’ where we managed to find a suitably sheltered spot for lunch. Our walk continued back to the cars through pleasant pine forest. Tea and cakes – which are compulsory, were had in the café at Kilmahog.
The next walk is to Glen Devon on the 14th May. The next ‘big hill’ walk will be to Ben Vrackie above Pitlochry on Sunday July 10th.