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Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie

Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie


Postby rockhopper » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:42 pm

Munros included on this walk: An Sgarsoch, Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar)

Date walked: 29/07/2011

Time taken: 10 hours

Distance: 48 km

Ascent: 1400m

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Date: 29 July 2011
Approx time incl stops: 10hrs
Approx distance: 49km (cycle - walk - cycle)
Approx ascent: 1,400m

Parked in the car park just north of Auchlean. As the bridge at Carnachuin was destroyed, I’d decided to cycle down the east side of the River Feshie as far as I could then walk the rest of the way. Thanks to Border Reiver and kinley for comments and photos which helped in the planning.

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Weather was excellent with full sun and blue skies as I set off down Glen Feshie.

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After Achleum I took the track which went up and down and in and out of the trees. Quite a few places where it wasn’t cyclable so there was lots of on/off, carrying/pushing the bike until I got further down.

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Got to the ruined bridge – my rockhopper hard tail in the foreground

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Managed a bit more cycling still with some carrying/pushing needed. Got to the landslide sections which meant either a hike up higher or go through the water. At this point I decided just to go through the water to make things easier. At any rate, I was wearing my cycling shoes which drain off quickly and no socks.

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Waded through the river to the east, cycled a short section then waded back through to the west at a sharp bend in the river near 862900. From here the cycling improved until I got to the section which goes up into the hill then back down just before Ruighe nan Leum.

Cycling was much harder from here with a lot more on/off and pushing as the ground was boggier and/or stonier. With hindsight, it would have been better to have left the bike here and walked the rest of the way.

Kept following the north of the river. Past the ruined hut at 906885

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And then got to the junction where the River Eidart meets the River Feshie.

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Normally walkers head uphill to the bridge at the waterfall. However, it was a lot easier just to wade through and continue following the bed round the Glen Feshie. I cycled and pushed the bike until I got to 915873 where I locked p the bike and changed into my walking boots.

Then headed SW up the track towards Carn an Fhidhleir.

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Initially I followed the track then headed off more directly towards the summit. Views opening up at this point.

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Got to the summit and met two other walkers sitting beside the cairn.

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Nice views of the surrounding hills from the summit.

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Had some refreshments then headed off towards An Sgarsoch. Walked down the hill to the bealach between the two hills then up the easy slopes. Met three other walkers on their way down.

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Reached the summit cairn

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More great views of the surrounding Cairngorms and southwards

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Then headed down to skirt round Scarsoch Bheag, across the Allt and back to the bike. This bit had quite a few ups and downs with deep heather and boggy sections – not that easy.

Back to the bike, changed into cycling shoes and headed back.

Nice area for a camp, near the waterfall beside Ruighe nan Leum

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Sun still out up Glen Feshie

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I went back a different route though. At 855906, I crossed the river and then cycled up the west side until I go to the bridge just south of Achleum. OK, more wet feet but it was much easier than going up the east side.

Two of the crossings

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If I was doing this again, I’d definitely cross at the bridge just south of Achleum and cycle down the west side. I’d probably also leave the bike just after Ruighe nan Leum as there comes a point when walking is faster and easier than on/off, pushing/ carrying a bike.

Really enjoyed this trip. Great weather and Glen Feshie is lovely.
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Re: Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie

Postby kinley » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:19 pm

Excellent 8)

I thought Upper Glen Feshie was stunning - really fancy camping up there.

You got a really nice day for them - and the route is a lot better than the white bridge version 8) 8)

Hope I didn't encourage you to cycle further than was useful - as a non-MTBer my advice should come with a gram of NaCl. ;)

Cheers 8)
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Re: Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie

Postby dooterbang » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:50 pm

I will be doing this exact route....thanks :D

Another big day but better weather than previous walk.

You like carrying that bike eh :shock:
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Re: Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie

Postby malky_c » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:20 pm

Might try this route for Beinn Bhreac as I fancy a bit of upper Feshie...

Nicely photographed. You seem to have been pretty busy on your holidays!
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Re: Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie

Postby Alastair S » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:32 am

Excellent & very informative report there Mr Hopper :thumbup:

Given my location I'll probably tackle these two from the more boring White Bridge way but a visit to Glen Feshie is a must. And just as well you didn't go this week - you'd have been doing more swimming than walking / cycling :lol:
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Re: Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie

Postby rockhopper » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:42 pm

Thanks all for the comments

kinley wrote:Hope I didn't encourage you to cycle further than was useful - as a non-MTBer my advice should come with a gram of NaCl.
:lol: No worries kinley - I think you'd suggested it was possible as far as Ruighe nan Leum but I kept going anyway to see what it was like - thought I'd put your mind at ease as I'd hate to think you were losing sleep worrying about this :wink: :lol:
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Re: Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie

Postby Border Reiver » Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:38 pm

You got a perfect day & the pics to prove it - it's always good to see pics of the Cairngorms, especially from South of the Dee / Geldie / Feshie, the best place for seeing the vastness of them. I camped at that spot by Ruigh nan Leum on my 2nd night from Blair Atholl & the following day was as good as you had. The camping spot seems idyllic, but it's rock hard ground there - I would look for another spot next time or put some heather down first.
Glen Feshie is an absolute gem of a glen - thank goodness the proposed road from Linn of Dee never happened.
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Re: Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie

Postby rockhopper » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:18 am

Border Reiver wrote:You got a perfect day & the pics to prove it - it's always good to see pics of the Cairngorms, especially from South of the Dee / Geldie / Feshie, the best place for seeing the vastness of them. I camped at that spot by Ruigh nan Leum on my 2nd night from Blair Atholl & the following day was as good as you had. The camping spot seems idyllic, but it's rock hard ground there - I would look for another spot next time or put some heather down first.
Glen Feshie is an absolute gem of a glen - thank goodness the proposed road from Linn of Dee never happened.
Thanks - I didn't test the ground as it only occurred to me that it looked a nice spot as I started up the hill on the other side. Certainly agree on Glen Feshie - on my list for when we return, hopefully next year. Thanks again for your earlier help and photos. :D
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Re: Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie

Postby LeithySuburbs » Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:23 pm

Cheers - this looks like the route to try these two hills next time :) . An overnighter for me though - no way could I do that in one day :lol: .
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Re: Carn an Fidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Glen Feshie

Postby rockhopper » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:44 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote:Cheers - this looks like the route to try these two hills next time :) . An overnighter for me though - no way could I do that in one day :lol: .
Leithy - if you cycle it the way I returned, accept having to wade a few times and don't try to cycle much past Ruighe nan Leum, it's fine for a reasonable day. I'm no spring chicken but if I was doing it again I'd probably guess 9 - 10 hrs should be OK. :D That said, it would be a great reason to camp in Glen Feshie which is lovely :D I had planned two overnighters while we were away - a third would have been pushing my luck too far :shock:
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