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Glorious Goat Fell
by PeteR » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:40 pm
Route description: Goatfell, from Brodick Castle
Corbetts included on this walk: Goat Fell
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The first walk on the “little” hills was Goat Fell a few weeks back. If was the day of the office trip to Arran, so while MrsR took a bus trip round the island, gate crashed a wedding and visited the Lochcranza distillery I was off with a small group of colleagues to enjoy the expansive views from Goat Fell
The start of the day didn’t bode well. Boarding the ferry at Ardrossan and it seemed to me that someone had vaporised Arran No sign of it at all. Seems though it was hiding behind a nice thick veil of clag
And so the scene was set as we all arrived at Brodick. Low cloud, rain and clag pretty much for the entirety of the walk. On a clear day I’m reliably informed you can see for miles. When I was there I could see for..........feet
One of my fellow companions, Stuart, had been with me on my recent Nevis night hike and like me might be described as “a man of a certain age” Our walking companions were both young, energetic young women – and with our reputation But seriously, it was a good little group to be out enjoying the rain with As we headed out from Brodick Stuart and I were somewhat shocked though with the suggestion from the girls that we would be up and down the Fell in no more than 3 hours. 3 HOURS We were hoping for a relaxed able up and down in about 4
Well, the girls led the way and us “men of a certain age“ did our damndest to keep up I’m a slow plodder myself, so it wasn’t long until I was in need of an oxygen cylinder before my body was in a state of physical collapse (ok I exaggerate a bit, but boy did the girls set off at a fair old pace A shock to my system that’s for sure).
Despite the paucity of views on the day I used my camera as an excuse at regular intervals to catch my breath The water coming down off the hills was certainly a sight to see and its noise was our soundtrack for much of the trip.
Overall, despite the weather, this is good easy walking until perhaps the final section to the summit. The path is excellent and I tend to find the rocks scattered around on walks like this provide a good bit of interest, even when the weather isn’t that great
One negative for me – and this certainly isn’t a reflection on the hill, but I have never been on a walk and met such a large number of miserable s*ds who would do anything to avoid eye contact and acknowledge fellow walkers In the end Stuart made it his personal campaign to force other walkers to acknowledge us Thankfully, as the day went on things definitely improved, as later walkers seemed to be in much better spirits
Just short of the final steep push one of the girls (apologies to anyone thinking me sexist by the use of such a term, but compared to me any female in her 20s is still a girl in my book ) decided she wasn’t for walking any further in the clag and rain. So they both decided to head back down early. This left Stuart and myself to make a claim for age and experience over youthful exuberance and black Lycra shorts as we headed off toward the summit (well, Stuart told me there were black Lycra shorts about, but to tell the truth I was just focussed on breathing and staying alive given the girls had set quite a pace for us to that point )
Hitting the final steep climb to the top and the rain seemed to intensify a bit. Unusually I felt the cold get to me this time, which slowed me down a bit. Stopping to take a photo of the rocks near the top (I know, I’m a strange chap ) and Stuart disappeared into the mist. That was the last we saw each other until I eventually ht the summit myself.
And oh, the views Use of the imagination was called for at this point, as we couldn’t see a thing It wasn’t so great on the top, so we were soon headed back down.
The trip down was pretty uneventful and the weather seemed to improve as we headed back.
All was well until almost at the bottom, where Stuart decided to ‘almost’ fall. Luckily he stopped himself short of a full tumble, but still managed a bit of a twist to his knee while letting rip with a few sweary words just as a couple came walking round the corner The good news was that there’s a cafe at the bottom of the walk, so we could stop there for a quick coffee. I then took advantage of a bit of space in my rucksack, visiting the brewery shop next door and doing my bit for the local economy
The day was then finished off meeting up with MrsR and the rest of the group on the island for a meal in a local hotel before heading back to the ferry and the trip back to the mainland
by ChrisW » Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:27 pm
by PeteR » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:10 pm
ChrisW wrote:Great report Pete, shame about the miserable weather which curtailed the photo opportunities a little This looks a nice wander (in better weather) though you did get the benefit of the waterfall which looked great. The summit cairn is a bit of a let down Great read mate, good to see you outlasting the 'whipper snappers'
Cheers Chris. Not quite Canadian weather I know, but you're right - this is a good little walk this one. The brewery shop at the bottom makes sure of that
The water coming down off the hills was quite outstanding, although the pictures don't really capture it. I'm a big fan of water features. Just wish it'd stop falling out the sky when I'm out walking
by SusieThePensioner » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:28 am
I loved the photos as that just shows what wretched weather you had
Well done on determination to get to the summit and not giving up like the "youngsters"
by Mountainlove » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:19 am
The bus journey around the island is also a great thing to do....specially if you get some of those mad Arran drivers been airlifted off my seat, by a busdriver doing 100 miles per hour over potholes quite a few times
by chickadee » Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:39 pm
@Mountainlove: I've experienced a couple of those bus drivers! I did cling on a bit, pretty scary!
by MacAoidh » Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:10 pm
You will have to pay a return visit sometime on a better day.
I recently did a wild camp at The Saddle and returned to Brodick by North Goatfell and Goatfell. On my decent I spotted this little creation on the path, which made me smile.
by tomyboy73 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:12 pm
by old danensian » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:41 am
Having just moved to Ayrshire, Goat Fell (or its absence on the horizon) is now a daily part of life as I drive down into Troon. Your report is yet another prompt for me to get over there and enjoy it.
by leefly » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:45 pm
by rockhopper » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:25 pm