OKEL TO KENTRA
OKEL TO KENTRA BAY
Distance: 12.5 km
Time: 4 to 5 hrs
Map: OS Explorer 390 OS Landranger Sheets 40 and 47
Grade: Moderate/Strenuous at first on good track then narrow hill path. Through route.
This is a walk which you can start at any end, but I prefer the Okel end. Mostly track for the first three kilometres then onto the open hill on a faint path, more like a sheep track would be a better description which in places hugs the steep hillside and is very indistinct in areas. It's a continuous but steady climb up the re-entrant, cross over the burn at the top and backtrack on the other side for a short distance then the path turns to the east, and you head for the bealach. On reaching the bealach, you can see down to Kentra Bay and where the hill path joins the track on the other side. Still, a bit to go before the end.
In bad weather or visibility, the open part of the hill could prove difficult if your navigation skills are not up to scratch. However, on saying that if you want the hill to yourself, this is the place for you.
This walk can be adjusted for those who wish to do something more challenging, and want to test their navigational skills across wild country.