The Cobbler: Descent via An t Sron
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Starting at sea level on the shore of Loch Long, the 920-metre climb begins immediately and follows the line of an old cable railway used in the construction of the Loch Sloy hydro scheme. The path is rough and eroded but easily followed for the first 1km as it climbs through the forest. Around the 330-metre contour the 'railway' ends and a good path contours round Beinn Narnain to join the popular path in the valley between Beinn Narnain and The Cobbler.
This path is followed past the Narnain Boulders to a fork; the main path continues ahead to a relatively easier but steep ascent of The Cobbler's north ridge, but the documented route branches left for a very steep but more interesting ascent of The Cobbler's east face. Much of this route has been reconstructed and further work is in progress over the summer of 2016.
The path reaches the bealach between the centre and north peaks. An optional but well-worthwhile detour climbs the north peak before returning to the bealach and continuing to the centre peak. The actual summit is on top of a large boulder reached by an exposed but not difficult scramble, known as 'threading the needle' (see Waymark 13). An easier but busier descent route can be taken down the north ridge; however, the documented route provides great views as it descends below the south top, following a broad, grassy ridge to the valley path and then through the forest to the car park.
Scotland - Central Scotland - Argyll and Bute - Argyll Forest Park
Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Woodland
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