Ben Ledi Walking

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.

Approaching the summit of Ben Ledi  © Dan Bailey -
Approaching the summit of Ben Ledi
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NN5862709177 From beside the bridge take an obvious engineered path west, climbing quite steeply through forestry. On meeting a burn the path turns left, following it upstream to leave the woods. Having crossed the burn the path continues south-southwest uphill to outflank Ben Ledi's craggy east face, before cutting quite hard right to reach the broad crest of the southeast ridge. This gives a long, steady ascent with a couple of little false summits. The top is marked by a cross, a memorial for a policeman killed on a mountain rescue, and a little higher the trig point itself.

NN5623409758 Now follow a broken-down fence along the obvious steep-sided ridge, at first northwest and then north around the edge of a little corrie. Having reached a point overlooking the Bealach nan Corp the fence kinks left down a vague crest to reach this col. A path descends roughly east from here into Stank Glen, but for Ardnandave Hill keep going with the fence posts, passing Lochan nan Corp (named after an apocryphal funeral party that drowned when the ice gave way), then climb over Bioran na Circe (spot height 722 on the 1:50,000 map). Head north from here, trending right to stay with the high ground. It's all knolls and hollows, with little that passes for a path. Go over a double fence and weave through more knolls to reach Ardnandave Hill’s high point.

NN5671012482 To descend cross more lumpy ground onto the knobbly southeast spur. Newly planted forestry bars the lower slopes of the spur, so to avoid getting tangled up with this this veer west-southwest from about 550m altitude, where a rough slope leads into Stank Glen (it smells alright now). Meet a waymarked footpath in the bottom of the glen, following this along the left bank of the Stank Burn. At a junction with a forestry track go right, crossing the burn and continuing along its right bank. The path soon bisects another forestry track (look for the waymark) before continuing downhill through woods past a waterfall. At the houses at Stank pick up the Callander and Strathyre Cycle Route, which gives a quick easy return to the start.

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