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Panamas and dog leads on Bynack More

Panamas and dog leads on Bynack More


Postby Huff_n_Puff » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:21 pm

Route description: Bynack More from Glenmore

Munros included on this walk: Bynack More

Date walked: 23/03/2012

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 19.5 km

Ascent: 787m

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The alarm went off, we got up and opened the curtains on what MWIS had forecast would be a good day - and couldn't see across the road for the haar. :(

To be fair to MWIS their forecast was for the Cairngorms and we were about 60 miles north east - so the tempting voice singing the praises of the warm bed we'd just left was ignored and the team (2 black spaniels and their 2 humans) set off for the Glenmore Lodge start to this walk. ( I later saw a satellite photo of Scotland for this day – beautifully clear everywhere except our patch of the Moray Firth, which was smothered in low cloud.)

At Glenmore Lodge the weather was great - 9am and cool, clear and sunny - just right for walking.
Bynach More 01 Start of the walk.jpg
Start of the walk

with the sun glancing through the pines.
Bynach More 02 morning through the trees.jpg

Bynach More 09 - Inviting morning.jpg


Very soon the panama hat made an appearance, a formal declaration that summer had arrived even - if only for the day).
Bynach More 10 - Panamas into the sun.jpg


Loch Uaine was beautifully green,
Bynach More 05 - Loch Uaine.jpg
The green loch

Bynach More 08 Loch Uaine.jpg

but the canines were obviously not impressed by me being impressed by green lochs.
Bynach More 07 - how much longer.jpg
Long suffering spaniels


The route up Ryvoan Pass and on to Bynack More is straight forward and a relatively gentle ascent for most of the way – which was exactly what I was looking for since its been a while since we've been on the hills and I was recovering from a broken arm (a result of foolish confidence in the face of a small patch of ice on Cairngorm!)


The RSPB made it clear what was expected of dogs
Bynach More 25 Bad news for dogs.jpg
Bad news for dogs

and although it wasn't yet April eventually we realised the good behaviour seen here
Bynach More 14 - Panamas and spaniels under control.jpg
Under control

was becoming harder to maintain in the face of severe temptation, so the leads came out and the nesting grouse were left in peace.

(We were really glad when we came across a family of Ptarmigan who delighted in teasing the dogs by just sitting on the path.)

Lovely new bridge across the Nethy, obviously part of a much bigger path upgrade.
Bynach More 15 new bridge.jpg
New bridge

Bynach More 16 River Nethy.jpg
River Nethy

Bynach More 17 Path work.jpg
Path upgrade

Bynach More 18 follow the new path.jpg
Yellow grit road


The final stretch up to the summit is more challenging but even here it wasn't too steep, nothing to threaten the healing arm.

Bynach More 20 - Under control.jpg
Panama and leads


By now the day had become hazy and there was a cold wind at the top, so after the regulation photos to record achievement :D
Bynach More 23 Chilling out at the top.jpg
Made it

Bynach More 24 view south west.jpg
View west

we headed down for a sheltered spot for lunch.

Just after lunch we met the first people we'd seen all morning heading up to the top, and after a brief chat – largely about the tameness of Ptarmigans – we headed back along the route we'd taken out.
Bynach More 26 Profile.jpg
Looking back


As this was a 'convalescent trip' we didn't go via the Barns of Bynack – they are for a return visit - but this was a great walk - and hopefully a sign of more to come (but you'll only find out if I can master the report writing so that it takes me less than three days to do :? )
Last edited by Huff_n_Puff on Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Panamas and dog leads on Bynack More

Postby dogplodder » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:08 pm

Enjoyed your report and that's a good looking pair of dogs you've got there! :D
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Re: Panamas and dog leads on Bynack More

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:55 am

Thanks - they're good fun to walk with too - but find the nesting season a sore temptation :)
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Re: Panamas and dog leads on Bynack More

Postby dogplodder » Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:58 am

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Thanks - they're good fun to walk with too - but find the nesting season a sore temptation :)


My lab Jack is the same - can't resist birds! :lol:
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