Walk Grading

How are the walks graded?

Walks are usually graded in the following way:


  1. A+: High level winter walk or particularly strenuous summer walk involving many summits with exposure.  Likely at a demanding pace.
  2. A: Strenuous, for the fit, involving some or all of these factors: on high or rough ground, with steep ascents and descents at demanding pace.
  3. B+: Up to 19km. Between moderate and strenuous, for the reasonably fit; standard grading for summits taken at a slower pace than A walks in summer conditions.
  4. B: Moderate, demanding higher standard of fitness and stamina than C; up to 16km; no steep ascents or descents.
  5. C: Easy, mainly on level ground and often on paths and tracks; suitable for beginners.


Examples include:

Grade A –  Ben More and Stob Binnein, Creag Mhor and Beinn Heasgarnich, Ben Vorlich and Stuc A Chroin, An Caisteal and Beinn a’Chroin, Tarmachan Ridge, etc.

Grade B –  The Cheviots, Pencaitland & Ormiston, Ben Lomond, West and East Lomond Hills, Loch Ordie and Deuchary Hill, etc.

Grade C –  Blackness Castle, St Abbs Coastal, Lithlithgow Loch, Water of Leith, Caerketton Hill and Allermuir Hill, etc.