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Carn Glas-Choire - not worth the bike hassle!

Carn Glas-Choire - not worth the bike hassle!


Postby Hills4dogs » Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:04 pm

Fionas included on this walk: Càrn Glas-choire

Date walked: 25/08/2022

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 14.1 km

Ascent: 400m

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Just back from our summer holidays and wanted a gentle start to the second half of the hill walking season, so after looking on walkhighlands, we plumped for this hill. Several reports suggested taking bikes as there was a track most of the way up so that is what we did! With hindsight this was a big mistake and we would have been much better walking. True there was a landrover track for most of the way but for our level of mountain biking I would not classify it as good. In places quite steep which in itself is not too bad but the track was a mixture of quite large stones and fine dust which made grip quite challenging so ended up with a few bits of walking on the way up and then quite a nerve-wracking cycle down. But we made it with all teeth and skin intact :D
Here is our route:
4 mile cycle ride with 341m ascent
0.42 mile walk to summit with 49m ascent
and then just returned the same way.

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We parked up in the wide forest track entrance on the RHS of the B9007 about 100 yards before the turn towards the track for Auchterteang farm. We then cycled along the track, past the farm with Dill on the lead (as not sure if there would be farm dogs in the vicinity) and out onto the hillside.
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Dill enjoying the start of the walk with the ongoing track in the distance up towards our goal of the day

We then pootled along the landrover track which was rough but relatively flat at this point. Not long along the track we noticed there were sheep in the fields ahead of us so Dill had to go back on the lead, which didn't really help with the challenging cycling that was to come. Infact this walk with lots of sheep and grouse was certainly not a walk I would recommend for dog folks! As we were going up the hill we noticed we were being followed by the farm landrover in the distance which in itself I didn't think anything of initially. But at one point we had stopped just around a corner to have a breather from the cycling and to get some water when the landrover came racing around the corner and stopped within about 10 yards of us, waited a while without saying anything and then turned around and drove off back down the hill. Obviously checking Dill was not sheep worrying, but rather unpleasant and intimidating with their silence! We then carried on cycling/walking to the crest of the the track where we were going to get off for the walk to the top of the hill.

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Our trusty steeds!

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Point we left the track for the "long walk" to the summit


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It was not a long walk, but we made it!
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The summit

It was a nice day for us but the extensive views were a wee bit hampered by the clouds.
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Views out to the Cairngorm plateau.

After a wee poke around, it was then time for the harum scarum cycle back down the hill!
No day in the hills is a bad day but this was certainly not my favourite. To make up for it we went for a lovely lunch at KJ bothy bakery (the former Aviemore Mountain Cafe) in Grantown :D :D :D
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Re: Carn Glas-Choire - not worth the bike hassle!

Postby Sgurr » Fri Nov 18, 2022 2:00 pm

Has the Aviemore Mountain Cafe relocated, or is the Grantown one just a spin-off?
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Re: Carn Glas-Choire - not worth the bike hassle!

Postby Hills4dogs » Fri Nov 18, 2022 2:40 pm

Sgurr wrote:Has the Aviemore Mountain Cafe relocated, or is the Grantown one just a spin-off?

Yes a couple of summer's ago it moved to a much smaller operation on the outskirts of Grantown
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