Walk of the Month March 2018
This is an absolutely stunning short walk through an ancient woodland which opens up onto a beautiful meadow where the Steall Waterfall can be seen cascading rapidly down the mountain. The waterfall was featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It is a great way to stretch your legs the day after walking up Ben Nevis.
Essentials – Map, compass, walking boots, gaiters, waterproofs, hat, gloves, buff, warm layers, camera, plenty of water, packed lunch and snacks. The walk is short and you could carry a picnic from the car park to the waterfall and make a lovely day out of such a fantastic location.
Wildlife – look out for rowan, hazel, and ash trees, listen out for the calls of tree pipits, willow warblers and chaffinches.
The Glen Nevis Rope bridge – for the very brave only! The other way across is via two fast moving river crossings, which are not recommended unless you know what you are doing. The water is rapid and extremely cold. If you cross the bridge remember you have to get back over it again.
Start Point – Grid reference: NN168691.
Distance – 2.7 miles (4.4 km)
Highest Point – 292 m
Total Ascent – 139.50m
2 hours – Moderate – The path through the gorge is rocky, uneven, slippery, with a steep drop on one side. Take extreme care as fatal accidents have happened here. Wear appropriate footwear and keep children and dogs from the steep edges.
Parking – Park at the car park at the very end of the road up Glen Nevis, Old Military Rd, Fort William PH33 6SY.
Public Transport – Bus service between May and September as far as the bridge at the Lower Falls.
Walking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk. Information is provided free of charge; it is each walker’s responsibility to check it and navigate using a map and compass.