The rocks and debris fell from Meall Cumhann. Photo: Richard Webb CC-BY-SA-2.0

The rocks and debris fell from Meall Cumhann. Photo: Richard Webb CC-BY-SA-2.0

A rescue team has warned walkers to take care after a huge landslide in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team said rocks weighing more than 40 tons each tumbled into the Steall Gorge yesterday evening.

A large section of the crags on Meall Cumhann has come away, showering the path below in debris, reaching right to the Water of Nevis. Some of the boulders were so big they produced craters in the ground where they landed. A scrambling route up the hill is also now unstable.

The rescue team said there are many unstable rocks and debris above the path and walkers need to be careful if they are using the route.

Meall Cumhann is a 698m (2,290ft) outlier of Ben Nevis, lying about 2km (1¼ miles) south-east of its summit.

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