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“Lovely walk”
Review of Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fondly called "Ben" by the locals, Britain's highest mountain towers 4,406 feet above the town of Fort William.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a nice walk up to the top of Ben on a hot Scottish day. Can be difficult in parts and footing for long periods of time is difficult on loose rocks. Plenty of people to follow on the way up.

Thank Scott8446
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm 53 not totally unfit but unfit nonetheless and carrying about 3 stones too many. This is my 8th munro and did it with my wife and a work colleague of hers albeit we have not done a munro in 4 years due to my wife getting her foot crushed 4 years ago and nearly losing it....so credit where credits due she got up also with 1 foot that doesn't bend like mines can.
Did this on 16th June and weather wise not good raining on and off and there was a patch of snow at the top to navigate over add to that for the 1st hour i was sweating and by the time i had got to the top it was pretty cold -4 then to top it all off just as we were setting off back down the Ben we had 20 mins of torrential hail which soaked us to the skin so be VERY VERY aware there can be a different climate up top to what is down the bottom !!
Hike wise its a steady unrelenting climb going up mostly either constantly stepping up on rocks/scree whereby you have to pay attention to where you are stepping as rocks were wet and slippy.And at times it seems to zig zag all over the place. I got a bit breathless from time to time and stopped accordingly to take stock and to snap away at the views which disappeared by about 3000 ft due to the mist. Coming down though i found the constant impact of stepping down all the time totally turned my legs to jelly and by the bottom i was running (pardon the pun) on instinct. When i started the climb i commented on why so many coming down looked unhappy considering the achievement but a few hours later i was in the same spot they were and i realised it was pain they were in because so was i lol !!
If your young or fit enough i am sure it will be a quicker jaunt than the 8 hours we took (probably at least over an hour of stops included) but what will defo surprise you is how busy it is which causes traffic jams at times the amount of folk doing this would make a high street look extremely busy so be aware of this also.
TOP TIP !! you can save the £3 all day parking fee the visitors centre charge you and about an extra mile and a half walking time (there and back all in) if you park (for FREE) at the car park at the end of Auchintee road near Auchintee farm as you have to pass this anyway as its en route if you come from the visitors centre .
So enjoy (for some) or suffer the aching very very stiff legs (like me) for 4 days afterwards if i can do it i am sure most of you can too !!

3  Thank Ronnie K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With 2 friends we climbed the mountain early in the morning avoiding the excess heat, starting the climb around 7am. We reached the summit just shy of 2 hours. Its a busy climb with plenty of other hikers also on the main trail.
Reccomend the pub/hostel on the way back down as a place to have a well earnt pint and bite to eat along with a convenient place to park.

1  Thank James H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reading the description of this hike (the part about it being deadly dangerous) almost turned us away and we originally planned a different hike for this day. But we changed our mind by getting lost and accidentally parking in the Ben Nevis trailhead parking lot. We started a little before 1pm being a wee bit unprepared :) we were well overdressed because we didn’t know how the weather can change on this supposedly 7-9 h hike. We got some water and two granola bars and started our way up :D Way up took us 2 hours 13 minutes. And on the way up we meet a Wide demographic: from young children to senior citizens marking their way up. We read that way up on average takes 3:30 h. We are fit people but not a professional hikes by any means. The way up was a straight forward steady ascent under the sun. Some areas are less steep and some are very steep with a very clear path. The path itself consists of a dirt trail with rocks being from small to large. After we passed the waterfall in an hour and 7 minutes the path started zigzagging and become steeper and rockier. Here you need to pay attention to where you step because of the different size of the rocks and the gravel that moves under your feet. For the next hour is so you have a constant ascent that gets steeper towards the summit. At no point we felt that we are in danger, if you are careful you shouldn’t have any problems! Close to the top there was a little snow area for about 50 meters. But it wasn’t cold at all and at that point we were happy to get some breeze being quiet sweaty and hot. We had a very few stops on the way up to take photos. At the top the views are nice! It gives you a good panoramic views around the mountain. We took a short break at the summit for more pictures and snack then headed back down. Way down took us 1 hour 40 minutes. We were walking down with a good pace. Overall we were satisfied that we completed this hike. In fact it wasn’t the most picturesque nor the most difficult we’ve done. We would recommend this on a nice clear day and we think all levels can make it just at their own pace.

2  Thank Mbykova
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’m really surprise to ever see Ben Nevis once in my Lifetime and it’s is so amazing to see from the distance and I’ll never forget it in my life

Thank Motahir S
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