Rememberance Hike 2019

Ben Ledi

It has become an annual fixture in the Network Danders calendar that every year on Remembrance Sunday, a group of our members will head up a hill to lay a wreath and pay their respects to those who have fallen. This year was no different.

It was a chilly but bright Sunday morning when our group met up early in the Ben Ledi car park. The morning ahead had a fantastic weather forecast and spirits were high as the team set off to head up the ‘Hill of God’. It is not long up the path before we are hit with the first reminder of why we are there. On the left-hand side of the path is a small Remembrance Garden, planted by the local school, to commemorate all of those from the local area who have not made it home from conflicts.

The walk ahead went perfectly, and the team were soon stood on the summit well before 11am, wrapping up well to hide against the biting wind chill. As 11am came around, everyone gathered around the cross erected near the summit to commemorate Sgt Harry Lawrie, the Killin Mountain Rescue team member who was killed whilst on duty. A few words were spoken before the two-minute silence was held at 11am.

At the close of the small service neat the summit, the team decided to make the most of the good weather by heading down the back of Ben Ledi, away from the main path. No sooner had they left the car park in the morning, they returned down of the Corbett in high spirits ready to head to the Lade Inn in Kilmahog for a bight to eat and a thaw out.

'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.'

-Robert Laurence Binyon