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Jan
14

Glen Striddle Horseshoe (Luss) (39096)

Event Overview

Put these new year resolutions to lose the festive inches and get fitter into action by joining us for this short winter warmer in the delightful Luss Hills!

Starting off on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, our circular walk of approx. 7 miles (11 km) will start of with an ascent of a Graham - Ben Dubh (657m). We'll then continue around the head of Glen Striddle over a number of subsdidiary peaks before descending into Glen Luss and completing the last couple of miles of the walk on a minor tarmac road back to the car park.

The walk should take us no more than four or five hours and is public transport fri...

Put these new year resolutions to lose the festive inches and get fitter into action by joining us for this short winter warmer in the delightful Luss Hills!

Starting off on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, our circular walk of approx. 7 miles (11 km) will start of with an ascent of a Graham - Ben Dubh (657m). We'll then continue around the head of Glen Striddle over a number of subsdidiary peaks before descending into Glen Luss and completing the last couple of miles of the walk on a minor tarmac road back to the car park.

The walk should take us no more than four or five hours and is public transport friendly with a number of coach services from Glasgow stopping on the A82 close to the car park. The terrain is relatively straightforward - mostly grassy slopes, but bear in mind at this time of year they could be snow covered and icy underfoot in places, so ensure you have suitable footwear with good grip.

Full details of the proposed walk are on the WalkHighlands website at: -

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/beinn-dubh.shtml

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What to bring

Boots:  Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere.  Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support.  Boots should also be in good condition.

Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks.  Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters.  Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.

Gators:  Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee.  They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry.

Walking Trousers:  Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth.  They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet.  Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.

Waterproof Trousers:  Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall.  Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.

Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body.  This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.

Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt.  The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.

Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.  This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.

Waterproof Jacket:  A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking.  Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat.  Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.

Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential.  The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.

Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months as walkers will require the usage of their fingers for various activities such as map reading.  Windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.

Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment.  Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside.

Emergency Equipment: A number of items should be taken in case problems occur whilst walking in the hills.  Emergency equipment becomes of greater importance the further from civilisation walkers are.  Equipment should include spare food stuffs of high energy, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire, either storm proof matches or a firelighter.

Food & Water:  At least two litres of water should be brought for each day hiking, with more being taken if cooking is required.  Enough food for the duration of a walk should also be taken.  Food should be of the high energy variety, with hot food being able to be eaten raw if necessary.

Map & Compass: A map of the area being walked in is essential as well as a compass.  The map should be in a waterproof bag or be of a waterproof design.

Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.

Food & Drink

Bring a packed lunch and ensure you also have plenty of water and spare food in your rucksack. There is a café in the car park where we can stop for some post-walk refreshements.

Meeting & Times

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Getting to the Event

By Car

From Edinburgh or Glasgow - follow the M8 to junction 30 and cross the Erskine Bridge to join the A82 (or alternatively you can follow the A82 all the way from Glasgow, particularly if you are travelling from the west end of the city). The Luss car park and visitor centre is signposted on the right shortly after passing under a footbridge.

By Coach

Catch the number 926 Citylink service from Glasgow (Buchanan Bus station) departing at 09.15 to reach Luss at 10.12.


Event Reference No:
39096