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Dumyat - Easy/Moderate 5km (3 miles) 218m (700ft)

This hill may be lower than it's eastern neighbor's in the Ochils, but it's distinctive shape makes it a noticeable landmark overlooking the Forth Valley. It is a popular walk for it's extensive views. You are strongly advised to choose a clear day. A public road enables the car-borne to gain height easily, before reaching the car park. The temptation to come of the hill in a north-easterly direction and head towards a road and reservoir for a roundabout return should be resisted as this is not on any right of way. Keep your dog under strict control and on a lead - so not to disturb the sheep.
Dumyat
Ben Ledi - Hard 9.5km (6 miles) 750m (2450ft)

Ben Ledi presents a challenge to all but the habitual hillwalker. You should be wearing proper boots, carrying spare clothing, waterproofs, food, a compass and an additional map (OS 1;50 000 Sheet 57) Equally, because this is a high level walk only attempt it in fine weather. There are dangerous slopes to the East, particularly if late snow is still lying. To mitigate the cautious note, the forestry commission have waymarked most of the route. It is a splendid day out, with rewarding views in all directions, particularly as Ben Ledi lies right on the edge of the Highlands, and is a conspicuous landmark not just for browsers on the main street of Callender, but also from many parts of the Eastern lowlands including the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. The first part of the assent climbs steeply through plantations to gain the far southern edge of the eventual summit plateau, bypassing the steep eastern face.From the summit the path leads down to the Bealach nan Corp, the rather ghoulishly-named Pass of the Bodies. Nearby is Lochan nan Corp, where a funeral party, crossing in the dead of winter once fell through the ice. You then drop into the lovely but unfortunately named Stank Glen and return through dense forest to the level reaches of an old railway.
Ben An - Hard 3.5km (2 miles) 360m (1200ft)

Ben An is a prominent feature of the Trossachs area and despite its relatively small size compared to many of the neighbouring peaks it still gives walkers a very enjoyable and rewarding trek. The easiest place to park is in the Forestry Commission car park near the West end of Loch Achray. The path to Ben An starts directly opposite the car park and climbs very steeply through a plantation of larch. Once through this there is a clearing from which a view of the Dukes Road rewards the traveler after the steep first stretch. The path then continues on up the side of the Allt Inneir burn. Follow the path until it goes right again into the trees. This continues on to a clearing below the summit where you can see the stream running down the right side of the rocky peak. You should follow this stream until the ground flattens again as you go behind the peak and then the path takes you to the summit. The view that opens out before you is one of the best in the area. Loch Katrine lies at your feet and during summer you can sometimes see the 'Sir Walter Scott'-a steamship that takes tourists up and down the length of the loch. Ben Venue rises on the other side and beyond you can see the peaks of Ben Lomond and even the Cobbler in the distant Arrochars.