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Ben Hope


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
927 m (3041 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
256 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Hill of the inlet or bay

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  9   Cape Wrath, Durness & Scourie

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro, has wonderfully steep and craggy W and N slopes. The E slopes whilst less steep in places are craggy and boulder strewn, and extended to form four ridges which create three corries, each with its own lochan.

To the S, however, the the slopes are mostly gentle therefore the ascent of this rugged mountain can be easy. The easy ascent route is from Alltnacaillich to the W onto the escarpment, the Leitir Mhuiseil, above the Strathmore River, from where easy slopes lead to the summit overlooking the craggy N slopes.

A more challenging approach can be had from the Moine Path on the crest of the most northerly of the E ridges.

Hazards you may encounter on Ben Hope include
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (major), greater exposure and steeper rock.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Hope
by Metcheck
Ben Hope Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Ben Hope.

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 Routes that include Ben Hope
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 934 m 11.67 km 4 hrs Ben Hope  Short route with ascent through crags, but little scrambling required.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Ben Hope

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Roy and John alone on a busy top.

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

Ben Hope

© Steven Mitchell

Image by Steven Mitchell

wish the view had been better

© Lee Paterson

Image by Lee Paterson

2.5 hrs from start to finish !! Is this really a munro ? June 10th 2010

© Colin Fridge

Image by Colin Fridge
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Nick Bulbeck
wrote on
November 6, 2012
... which is a nuisance, because the path with the sign at the bottom is the most impassable quagmire in the solar system!
Jim Nicol
wrote on
July 14, 2008
At the start of the recommended route (Alltnacaillich) there is a sign saying the best parking and route lies farther north at the big barn,this is where the sign is saying way up ben hope. Someone obviously doesnt want walkers starting near the small holdings!!
wrote on
September 24, 2007
Climbed Ben Hope on Saturday the 22nd Sept in horrible conditions. The only reason we went up was to accompany Brian who was finishing his round of the Munros. The rain had turned the path into a river and the hillside was a mud bath. However all this was irrelevant when we reached the top and the celebrations began. Well done Brian.
Graham Ellis
wrote on
August 30, 2007
Judging by the size of the parking space, the sign "way up Ben Hope" and the well trodden path, then a lot of people are starting from the "big barn" at NC 46204765, and not from the longer route recommended above. Did the round trip with a break at the top in 4 hrs, although unfortunately the top was in cloud.
Michael Innes
wrote on
August 27, 2007
Climbed this yesterday. The path tends to go straight up so no easy zig-zag! Easy to navigate but don't rely on path as the boggy ground tends to make it disappear in places. With most hills it could be misleading coming off if the cloud base is low which came down on us! but only lasted a few minutes. View was a bit cloudy at top still could see the north sea - It was freezing at top - needed hat and gloves - can't imagine what its like in winter. I think the narrow single track road leading up was harder to guage than the hill itself lol! Good parking though.

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