Ben Nevis with my Border Collie
Q. In May my wife and I are holidaying in Scotland. We aim to climb Ben Nevis as we've already done Snowdon and Scafell Pike. Our border collie (aged 6) will be doing it with us is Ben Nevis okay for dogs? She did Snowdon two years ago and coped fine. Looking forward to your reply.
Chris Price, Cannock, Staffs
A. Providing you keep your dog on a lead or under close control at all times - as a courtesy to all the other people climbing Ben Nevis and all the other animals and nesting birds that live there - and start early on a nice long dry summer day I cannot envisage a problem. Be aware though, Ben Nevis is much, much harder than Snowdon and/or Scafell Pike in terms of distance and height gain. There is only one water source on the Tourist Route (Walk h100) (near half-way point) so make sure you take plenty of water and snacks for yourselves and your dog.
Hope this helps . . .
A. Hi, We did Ben Nevis with our collies and they were all fine, however it is very stoney so keep an eye on their pads as they could become sore, and make sure you take some water for them. They all enjoyed it and in true collie fashion wanted another walk as soon as we got back to the campsite!
A. Took us 7 hours up and down Ben nevis with our weimaraner who was 2 at the time, she had plenty of energy to play with another dog at the top in the snow. .beware the overhanging snow into the corrie below, that was time for the lead to go back on! She was first in the deck chair when we got back to the caravan though !
Louise Edge, Blackburn