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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    along the loch side heading for Strontian Expect a climb once the road leaves the coast and turns through Glen Tarbert but all this height is lost on the other side with a descent back to the sea loch at Loch Sunart Just before Strontian turn left towards the Mull ferry at Lochaline The road again coasts around the loch and then there s the grinding climb at Liddesdale The

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=39 (2016-02-09)
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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    levels out and you come to a gate on your right with a stile leading to a rougherfarm track The rough section is short lived and you are soon back onto a good track From here you start to climb gradually and the ring of Ardnamurchan and Ben Hiant come into view Passing the cleared townships of Auliston and Portnabhata the track then drops down to the birchwoods of Loch

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=44 (2016-02-09)
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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    fit riders by surprise All Lochaline based rides should start and finish with a mug of tea and a bacon buttie at the catering van at the ferry jetty and fortunately there s plenty of parking here From here find the B849 to Drimnin The road is virtually traffic free and on a good day the views along the Sound of Mull are fantastic It s about 10 miles to the small village at the end Before the end of the tarmac turn right and follow the dirt track up and past the house at Mungosdail After the house there s a forest gate Carry on through this and along the forest road gently climbing as you go Look out for a green path on the left GR 583534 This is the old post route over the hill and despite what your lungs and legs may tell you it is rideable to the edge of the forest just short of the top Once through the forest gate head to the top of the hill The track is vague on the descent you need to head for the next forest gate on the other side of the hill slightly off to the left Careful with your navigation in low cloud This usually involves some good route finding through the bracken and sheep tracks and the occasional journey over the bars Once you ve reached the gate GR602551 there s an ancient track which gives a great descent particularly when dry to the forest road at Loch Teacuis Turn right and follow the forest road then tarmac to Loch Arienas Just before the tarmac leaves the loch side you can pick up the Forest Enterprise marked route through the Savary Glen This starts with a long gradual climb over 8km to the

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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    canal and turn left up the locks Cross over the canal at the top lock and turn left again to cycle past the top basin and pass through a gate across the tow path You now have a easy ride all the way along the tow path to Gairlochy a stretch of approximately 7 miles a stretch of the canal which passes small cottages and with fantastic views up the Great Glen Gairlochy is the perfect place to stop for a refreshment break and is the halfway point on the ride Once in Gairlochy turn left onto the road and over the canal bridge and then left again up the hill following the signs for Banavie and Fort William A right turn at this point would take you to Achnacarry and Loch Arkaig a good detour if you re only just feeling warmed up The road then winds back along the glen passing crofts and opening up for great views over Loch Linnhe There is another option for a detour into Glen Loy about halfway along the road sign posted see the Glen Loy trail description The road will eventually enter a 30 mile an hour zone and then into

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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    mini roundabout by the Woolen Mill go straight on and follow North Road into Fort William Once you have passed the Leisure Centre take a left just after the Craig Nevis Doctors surgery and bear left as the road climbs steeply up a hill The road will level out and you will get a good view over Loch Linnhe as you cycle past the park on the right hand side At the next junction go straight on into Argyll Road this will turn into Argyll Terrace when I m afraid you will be turning left up the hill Cycle up the hill until just after the houses finish there is a gate on your left leading up a track sided by trees If you reach a layby and lookout point on the road you have gone too far Once on the track it s more uphill heading up the side of Cow Hill Once you reach the junction signposted by cows heads carry straight on towards the top of Cow Hill past a gate This is a slight detour but is worth it for the great view over Fort William and the villages of Caol and Corpach After catching your

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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    traffic Hybrid and mountain bikes will cope easily with the alternative forest track Start at the Ben Nevis Woollen Mill Visitor Centre located at the mini roundabout at the entrance to Glen Nevis From the car park at the Visitor Centre take the third exit at the roundabout About ½ mile into the Glen take a look at the Roaring Mill Waterfalls as they crash over some of the oldest rock in the world For those on mountain bikes shortly after the waterfalls the sign for the Braveheart Car Park indicates a right hand turn onto the forest track Once on the track go through the gate After ¾ mile at the next junction take the left hand fork Continue on this track for a further 2 miles At the junction take the left hand fork The forest track now swoops downhill to join the tarmac road at Achriabhach Cycling on the road you pass the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre followed shortly by a restaurant and then a café On to the cattle grid where a pause in the lay by to look across to the left at the slopes of Britain s highest mountain Ben Nevis as they tower above you is a good idea After around 5 miles the road swings down to the left and crosses the River Nevis Almost directly underneath the bridge are the spectacular Lower Falls From here the road becomes narrow and single track Be prepared to pull over for your own safety and comfort to allow traffic to pass The road becomes lumpier and turns left on an uphill bend Just around this bend is a track down to Paddy s Bridge A good place to stop for a picnic Starting out again take a minute to look down into the gorge

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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    improve their skills developed the Donkey Hill dirt track They were given the use of some waste ground and accessed funding that allowed them to hire a digger to build the trail World Champion Greg Minnaar and Sean McCarrol then of the Global Team visited during the 2002 World Cup to help plan the trail which is a signle lane BMX track featuring easy jumps to help skills progress Incorporating

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=29 (2016-02-09)
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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    car park behind the Mountain Rescue Centre at the entrance to Glencoe village Turn left from the car park and right onto the B863 for Kinlochleven The full route starts from the West End Car Park Fort William and heads out of town on the A82 T Be prepared to pull over into a picnic area to allow traffic to clear However it s way too early in the ride for a coffee stop Cycle through the village of Onich and across the Ballachulish Bridge Continue on the A82 via the roundabout The road bypasses the village of Ballachulish Soon there is a café on the right Take the next turn left for Kinlochleven B863 bypassing Glencoe Although you might like to take time to visit the Folk Museum in the village The road climbs steadily from now on with stunning views across Loch Leven to the hills of the Mamore Forest Following a series of bends the descent into Kinlochleven is exhilarating but needs care The village was built to house workers for the aluminium smelter closed and you can find out more from the Aluminium Story Visitor Centre For a lunch break there is a pub café and

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