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Ben Nevis, Fort William

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Put on your best hiking boots and charge your camera batteries for a great outdoor adventure at Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. This impressive mountain towers 1,343 m (4,406 ft) above the town of Fort William, attracting over 200,000 climbers each year. Most visitors use the well-maintained Pony Track, which starts on the southern side of the mountain. Experienced mountaineers and ice climbers prefer the 700-m (2,300-ft) cliffs on the northern face of the mountain, which offer scrambles of all levels of difficulty. The summit features the ruins of an observatory building, which closed in 1904. The weather can change suddenly at various stages of the ascent, so it’s best to hire a local guide and carry appropriate equipment, food, and plenty of water. Arrange your visit to Ben Nevis and discover more family-friendly attractions in Fort William using our Fort William road trip website.
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  • Not a difficult climb, a little busy even this late in the season. Stone steps for the majority of it, then loose shale, but highly doable for pretty much everyone. Top socked in, and could easily... 
    Not a difficult climb, a little busy even this late in the season. Stone steps for the majority of it, then loose shale, but highly doable for pretty much everyone. Top socked in, and could easily...  more »
  • Getting to the top is a guess work and I am saddened that the toursim board has not made an effort to focus on a good website and invest in information and guidance to tourists before visting Ben... 
    Getting to the top is a guess work and I am saddened that the toursim board has not made an effort to focus on a good website and invest in information and guidance to tourists before visting Ben...  more »
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  • A very difficult climb, the weather started out in and out of light rain and as I got closer to the summit the rain was light but continuous, the path starts out fairly nice and even but the higher up you go the path is very rocky so you need to be very careful, even the descent was just as tricky as the ascent. I've climbed Scafell Pike and Snowdon before, the higher up you go the path is exactly like scafell pike just pure rock and the path at the start is a lot like Snowdon's Llanberis path just nice and even. The day of my climb was Monday 22nd August 2022 and completed in just under 3 hours, there is a little shelter hut at the summit which you can take cover in really bad weather, I took that opportunity as a chance to have a change of clothes as I was wearing shorts so gave myself a chance to dry off. I had fairly nice and clear views up to around the 700m point but then it was pure cloud
  • Beautiful scenery. The trail is all small boulders on this route and it’s very long so not great for the knees. If I did get a chance to do it again I would do a different route. Friendly people all along the way and very busy. Leaving early is a good idea. I did this one in about 5 hrs.

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