Route and Itinerary
Ben Nevis Climb, Fort William to Benderloch
Day 1 - 7 September 2019
BEN NEVIS - 'The Ben' Ben Nevis is the highest mountain and most northerly of the four peaks in the British Isles. It is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of Scotland, close to the town of Fort William and is affectionately known as 'The Ben'. Cloud free summit days are rare. You will be on open slopes at a higher altitude for much longer on this ascent and must be prepared for low temperatures and strong winds. The weather in September can range from fine to wintery showers.
The route follows a well-made path for most of the ascent and although a steady and unrelenting climb nowhere is it very steep or exposed.
You should take two water bottles or a flask and water bottle. Use a rucksack liner or strong plastic bag to keep spare clothes dry inside your rucksack.
Proper clothing and equipment is essential. Conditions can change rapidly.
Equipment: Rucksack, Boots (with ankle support and soles which will grip on rock, grass and mud), waterproof jacket with hood, waterproof over trousers, General trekking trousers (not jeans or cotton material), Thermal top, fleece top, warm hat, gloves or mitts, spare fleece top, watch, food and drink, whistle, first aid kit, mobile phone. Sunhat/cream/sunglasses.
Ascending Ben Nevis is a rewarding experience and summiting it a proper achievement. A great day of climbing beckons.
Climb begins at 8.30am.
Route is the well-constructed Mountain Track (Pony Track) from Glen Nevis on the south side of the mountain.
The summit, at 1344.527m (4,411ft 2in) above sea level, unusually for a mountain in Scotland, features the ruins of a building, an Observatory, which was permanently staffed from 1883 until its closure in 1904.
Benderloch to Dunoon
Day 2 - 8 September 2019
Cycle from Benderloch to Dunoon
Dunoon - ferry - Greenock to Dumfries
Day 3 - 9 September 2019
Take the ferry from Dunoon to Greenock then cycle to Dumfries
Dumfries to Keswick
Day 4 - 10 September 2019
Cycle from Dumfries to Keswick
Scafell Pike Climb
Day 5 - 11 September 2019
Starting point is Seathwaite, in the southern reaches of Borrowdale Valley. This is easier to access from Keswick.
Meeting point is Seathwaite Farm, Borrowdale, CA12 5XJ at 9.30am.
Start at 9.45am
Walk distance is 9 miles
Total ascent is 875 metres (c3000 feet)
Walk time is about 6 hours
Free parking is available along the roadside to Seathwaite Farm. Leave enough room for passing vehicles. Also there is paid parking (c£5) and toilets on the Seathwaite Farm campsite.
What's the terrain like? Many of the paths are well maintained, particularly so in the lower reaches of this route. Beyond Styhead Tarn and near the summit, paths are rough and navigation can be difficult should it be misty.
We will have a number of short breaks including StyHead Tarn (half way up around 11.30ish), Scafell Pike summit (c1.30ish) and on the way down at StyHead Tarn (c3pm)
Keswick to Preston
Day 6 - 12 September 2019
Cycle from Keswick to Preston
Preston to Llandudno
Day 7 - 13 September 2019
Cycle from Preston to Llandudno
Day 8 - 14 September
Climb Mount Snowdon
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of I ,085 metres (3560ft) above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is the busiest mountain in United Kingdom and third most visited attraction in Wales, with 582,000 visiting annually. We will be doing the Llanberis Path (9 miles and an ascent of 975 mts). We will meet at the far end of Victoria Terrace, Llanberis off the A4086 at 8am. We will depart at 8.30am. Parking at Llanberis LL55 4TD. Total walking time about 6.5hours. Ordnance survey OL17. Kit list as per Ben Nevis recommendations. More instructions will be given on departure.
Llandudno to Holyhead
Day 9 - 15 September 2019
Cycle from Llandudno to Holyhead
Take a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin, then cycle to Tulfarris.
Tulfarris to Cashel
Day 10 - 16 September 2019
Cycle from Tulfarris to Cashel
Cashel to Killarney
Day 11 - 17 September 2019
Cycle from Cashel to Killarney
Day 12 - 18 September