/ ben nevis 'new' path
tunnels? are you serious?
One of these new fangled map type thingys will show you...
... if you have a new enough version
bing maps has OS maps, check that
In the past I have tried the golf course route, ugh, in the rain double ugh, and settled on the distillery instead- does anyone know is that still usable/accessible? (bit steep first thing in the morning if I recall). I don't use a car anyway you see.
I went that way (through the distillery) about a year ago and found I had to climb over a fence and cross a railway. Not sure if I exited the distillery in the right place. It was definitely the correct place on the map I was using, so it seems like either the distillery has blocked up the start of the old route, or the map marked the path starting in the wrong place. Or maybe it was always like that. The rest of the route seemed well trodden.
Personally, I'd walk the extra distance to Torlundy and follow the new path - it's much nicer. If you've got a bike, cycle/push it up the new path from Torlundy, and cycle down the Distillery route outlined above - it's a good downhill, though pretty rough in places. That's what I do if I'm car-less. There's no better end to a day of climbing!
Yes, probably that same chap came out and told me the path no longer went through the distillery and had been moved a long way up the road. I smelt a rat and continued on my way once he'd wandered back inside his building (cave). Guess the mistake I made was not going between the 2 buildings and then following a path outside the distillery to the right.
He also claimed the path had been closed because it had been designated an SSI area, to prevent people trampling rare flowers on the route. On top of that it was apparently impassable because it was so boggy. It wasn't at all boggy when I went along it - and it had been raining for days! Figured it must be how he entertains himself each day.
How does the distillery route compare to going past the smelter (or whatever it is), all the way along the track that the path from the distillery presumably joins at some point?
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