Standing on the edge of the Trossachs, Ben Ledi is prominent from much of the Central Belt, its steep-sided outline easily recognisable. An accessible base, a quick simple ascent and summit views spanning both Highlands and Lowlands combine to make this an understandably popular Corbett. Stick with the normal route and you can be up and down in a couple of hours; but the (optional) longer circuit described here makes a more satisfying trip, with the rough empty ground on Ardnandave Hill a nice contrast to busy Ben Ledi.
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Distance: 7.78 miles (12.52 km)
Total ascent: 867m
Steepest Gradient: 26% (1 in 4)
Time: 4 hours (Walking)
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SummitsBen Ledi 879 m
Car park just off the A84, NN586092
A clear well-used path as far as Ben Ledi's summit, while the continuation over Ardnandave hill is pathless, boggy in places and generally much rougher.
A good winter round with no notable difficult bits; snow can often drift quite deeply in the folds and hollows of Ardnandave Hill.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Cairngorms & Monadhliath – Met Office: West Highlands
Regular buses from Stirling to Callander
The Corbetts & Other Scottish Hills, SMC http://www.smc.org.uk/Publications/Publications.php?ID=3
OS Explorer 365 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 57 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Callander (08452 255 121); Aberfoyle (08452 255 121); Dunblane (08707 200 613)
by Dan Bailey UKH