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Report on Cobbler (Ben Arthur)
9 April 2011

Today's Craggys were - Kathryn, Irene, Robin and Kenny

Today was going to be a test for Kathryn's knee following her skiing injury in January. So apprehensively she decided that The Cobbler was to be the chosen hill.

We left the Succoth carpark at the head of Loch Long at 10:30am on which looked like it was going to be the first warm day of the year. Going up the zigzag path is usually the most boring part of this walk but Robin kept us amused with his ramblings.

We stopped for a well earned rest at the small dam and decided to cross the river and head up the south ridge. The usual path was busy due the good weather but amazingly we never met anyone on the south ridge till just short of the Central Peak summit. This is a good route and nearing the summit there are large boulders which made a perfect lunch stop. As the weather was unusually warm it was great to be able to take our time over lunch enjoying the sun.

The Central Peak was busy so after a short stop we headed off to the North Peak. There we sat at the summit for yet another rest and we were in no hurry to leave taking in the views.

We descended down the path to the bealach between The Cobbler and Ben Narnain. We continued along the path to the dam and back down the zigzags again to the carpark.

We enjoyed a well earned drink sitting outside on the patio area of a local pub with great views of The Cobbler. Robin and Kenny had to head home early but Kathryn and I stayed on to enjoy out tea al fresco. Kathryn's knee held up well which gave her encouragement to plan more difficult walks.

Irene Cahill

Cobbler in distance
river crossing
Robin with Kathryn stretching her knee
The Cobbler from the South Ridge
nearing the summit
Central Peak
looking towards the North Peak
North Peak summit
Irene on North Peak
Kathryn on North Peak
Heading down with Loch Long ahead
Ben Lomond and Arrochar

Photos: Irene Cahill

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