Ben Nevis, the highest of the three peaks at 1344 metres (4409 ft), has one
main path, marked clearly on the
OS Explorer 392
map. Unlike Snowdon and Scafell Pike, the path to Ben Nevis starts close to sea
level, meaning much greater vertical ascent.
Ben Nevis maps
Ben Nevis route
A single path runs up Ben Nevis, from Glen Nevis, which can be followed from either
Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, or the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. Early on the two paths
join, and then continue to a Loch - Lochan Meall an t-Siudhe. From this half way
point, the path follows a zigzag pattern to the peak.
Popularly known as The Pony Track, this route is 10.5 miles long, 17km, up and down, and includes 1352 metres of ascent.
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Transport to Ben Nevis
Train travel to Ben Nevis is very straight forward. The local station is Fort William, with a sleeper train available from the south, arriving at 9.54am.
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