The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) (884m)

Saturday 14th September 2019

Distance: 12kms - Duration: 6hrs 15mins - Group Size: 7

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With the early morning Met Office Mountain Forecast for Beinn Narnain (our nearest reporting summit) forecasting heavy rain, very poor visibility and winds in excess of 40mph, gusting to 50mph plus, we set off up the zigzag path above Succoth with little expectations other than getting a walk as far as The Narnain Boulders, or if lucky, to the 628m bealach; with only a remote possibility that we would actually reach the summit of The Cobbler.

How surprised were we then that by the time we reached the 628m bealach, we had only encountered a very short drizzly shower, the visibility was such that the summits of Beinn Ime and Beinn Narnain were clearly visible, and we could see across to Ben Lomond and beyond; yes, the wind was a little blustery, but nothing like forecast. And so we pressed on, up the steep north ridge of The Cobbler, and finally onto the summit, where the views extended even further, towards Arran and beyond.

We were still dry, the rain holding off, but the wind certainly was picking up, and had quite a chilling effect, and so we departed the summit almost immediately, and headed down the steep rocky path which would take us below the towering rock face of the summit and the outlier of Arthur's Seat and onto the easier, grassy ridge of An t-Sron for a leisurely descent towards the small dam, and an easy crossing over the Allt a'Bhalachain to re-join the main track for our descent back down the zigzags and our return to Succoth.

An unexpectedly fine day weather wise was just the icing-on-the-cake for yet another great day on The Cobbler, a mountain which never fails to impress or inspire.

Thanks everyone, a wonderful day.

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