Council view inspires walk for Cancer Research UK

The walkers on the summit of Beinn Ghlas.
The walkers on the summit of Beinn Ghlas.

The stunning view out of Angus House towards Perthshire provided the inspiration for a charity sponsored walk for a group of council workers.

Lee Haxton, community planning officer with the local authority, came up with the idea a few weeks ago.

He said: “I had an idea for a charity fund-raiser within the council and suggested we climb Ben Lawers at Loch Tay, because on a clear day you can see Ben Lawers from Angus House and William Wallace House.

“Happily, there was a great response and a large group of us climbed both Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas.”

As a result of Lee’s suggestion, 17 council officers, plus one son, one sister and an excitable dog called Jack, stepped out on Saturday, August 10. Everyone successfully climbed Ben Lawers (1214m/3983ft), the 10th highest mountain in the UK and then warmed down by climbing Beinn Ghlas (1103m/3619ft), the 47th highest as well.

To date, over £600 has been raised for Cancer Research UK and further donations can still be made – www.justgiving.com/Ben-Lawers-Hillwalk.

Lee continued: “Although it was a wee bit misty, all participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with most retreating to the Lawers Hotel for a well deserved drink afterwards.”

The photograph (courtesy of John-Paul Photography) shows the intrepid walkers taking a well deserved break on the summit of Beinn Ghlas, with Ben Lawers in the mist behind.

Pictured, from left - Mark Armstrong, Isaac Armstrong, Hetty Thompson, Lisa Marshall (standing), Jacquie Garbett, Roger Garbett, Graeme Hodge, Avril Finney, Fiona Dakers, Craig Smith, Andrew Wilson, Jack the dog, Lee Haxton, John-Paul Bell, Peter Bell, Kevin Smith, Edna Wallwork, Lynn Smith and Angie Pert. The photograph was taken by

Rhona Stewart.

Those who completed the walk can tick off two of Scotland’s Munros, named after Scottish mountaineer Sir Hugh Thomas Munro, 4th Baronet of Lindertis). Born in London he was brought up in Scotland on the family estate near Kirriemuir. An avid hillwalker, and was a founder member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1889. His list of 3,000-foot mountains was published in the 6th issue of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal in 1891.