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Meall a Bhuachaille circuit

Meall a Bhuachaille circuit

Postby U059361 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:03 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall a'Bhuachaille

Date walked: 11/03/2012

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 8.5 km

Ascent: 575m

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Participants: Isabel and Joe
Weather: Bright start then clouding over eventually. Very windy up top.
Route: way marked footpath
Wildlife: Nothing seen
Special Interest: An Lochan Uaine (fantastic aquamarine colour water)
Orange Route up to Meall, over to Ryvoan, Blue upper route back to visitor centre from Lochan Uaine.
Parked the car at visitor centre and headed up the hill following the orange trail for Meall a' Bhuachaille. A steep start but one short climb and path turns left up the side of a burn. There has been lots of tree felling here so quickly out into the open and great views over to Cairn Gorm.
Views of Cairn Gorm earlier than expected due to lack of trees

It's a good path and the climb is steady but not steep. It leaves the forestry part and rises up through the open heather hillside aiming for the shoulder of the hill. Where it does get steep, there are stone staircases built to stop erosion.
Looking back to Loch Morlich from the open hillside, path can be seen

The first set of rock staircase steps

up here it now is very exposed and the wind is blowing us up the path. On the shoulder have to turn right for the meall and then we are being blown over which made walking to the top a bit awkward. Great to reach the top and a bit of shelter at the big cairn. We had out lunch here as it was such a good shelter.
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View from the top, Loch Morlich and Creagan Gorm to right.

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Looking south across Cairn Gorm and neighbours

Had a look round then continued the walk down to Ryvoan.
The path going down the other side to Ryvoan, the wear and tear obvious

The path here has been completely redone and follows a new route. It gets very steep for long sections and these are all stone staircases.
The new path drops sharply down a long rock staircase with Lochan Uaine below

After the last big drop it is a gentle walk to Ryvoan.
Looking back up from Ryvoan, new path left, old path still visible on right.

Turn right again and head down the pass to the Lochan Uaine. What a fantastic place. Scree slopes hemming it in, surrounded by Scots Pines and the fabulous colour of the water. We had a coffee here and absorbed it all.
Incredible Lochan Uaine

We then took the blue route back to the visitor centre, but we took the high road, this climbs up above the centre and gives great views. The path is more natural and plenty of stepping up boulders and round trees.
From the upper blue track, Cairn Gorm

Eventually hit a forest track though and this took us back to the car park.
A great walk that made up for yesterday's low cloud.

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Re: Meall a Bhuachaille circuit

Postby KGBMC » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:57 pm

We walked in on Saturday to Ryvoan by the upper track before descending down the steps to the Green Lochan, great walk

Snacked in the bothy before the long but pleasant climb to the summit shelter, taking many stops to take in the panoramic views, it was very windy when we reached the top and very busy at the shelter

Dropped down to the bealach out of the wind and then back to the visitors centre

Thanks to the people who must have toiled for a long time to construct paths of such magnitude

Day was complete when I saw and photographed my first capercaille in the Rothiemurchus forest

PS. Did anyone find the bottom section of a Leki walking pole
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Re: Meall a Bhuachaille circuit

Postby morag1 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:21 pm

A fine walk, it's been on my to-do list for some time now :D

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