Best Guidebook Walks 6 – The Saddle and the Forcan Ridge

By Dave Roberts   

on February 13, 2012    No ratings yet.

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Best Guidebook Walks 6 – The Saddle and the Forcan Ridge

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16.8 km 1509 m

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Hard Walk, Scrambling, Scrambling Grade 1

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Best Guidebook Walks 6 – The Saddle and the Forcan Ridge

This route featured in our article on My Favourite Guidebook Walks and is taken from Irvine Butterfield’s classic tome – The High Mountains of Britain and Ireland Vol 1.

Enigmatically named volume 1 thirty years ago, this is still a standalone volume. The cover of the original had a shot of the Forcan Ridge, with even more impressive images of the walk accompanying the route, which was all I needed. A lofty peak, rocky exposed ridge and plenty of green made it look like somewhere I’d like to walk. Unfortunately, the new book has a new cover – while equally impressive just isn’t the original. I have no plans to do this walk any time soon as it’s just too damn far north! Though a week or so in Glen Shiel is nothing to be sniffed at, but I can’t see how it would be practical without driving there. The shot below is the same as the book’s cover, only less green!

The Route can only be found in Irvine Butterfield’s classic tome – The High Mountains of Britain and Ireland Vol 1 which you may be able to get second hand online, but well worth buying.

© Copyright John Bennett and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence


Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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