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A different route up Goatfell

A different route up Goatfell


Postby oap2046 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:58 pm

Route description: Goatfell, from Brodick Castle

Corbetts included on this walk: Goat Fell

Date walked: 23/07/2012

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 10.5 km

Ascent: 874m

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This is an alternative route up Goatfell which avoids the crowds on the tourist path (although you will meet them all at the top). If you like striking out over a pathless moor and working out the best route up a ridge with only a compass to direct you then this is for you.
Start at the normal start point at Cladach and follow the tourist path until you clear the forestry trees. Continue until you reach a point when the path levels off somewhat and the valley of the burn on your left is not too deep. (about grid ref 999398). Walk NW across some boggy ground (There is no path but it is not difficult to keep your feet dry) to reach the base of the south ridge of goatfell. (Fig 1).
1 South ridge of Goatfell showing route from main path.jpg
Fig 1 The route to the south Shoulder of Goatfell
Climb the broad shoulder almost north by working your way around or over the boulders (Fig 2)
2 Arran  2012 South ridge of Goatfell.jpg
Boulders on the south shoulder
until you come to a narrow and more identifiable route where there is a path leading to the summit. (Fig 3).
3 Arran  2012  Goatfell from south Ridge.jpg
The route to the top

From the summit of Goatfell a good route back (again avoiding the tourist traffic) is to continue north over the Stacach Ridge to North Goatfell. (Fig 4)
Arran  2012 Stacach ridge and Goatfell.jpg
The Stacach Ridge from North Goatfell
There are four turrets of rock on this ridge which can be avoided on their east side but they involve only moderate scrambling if you wish to go over their tops. At the summit of North Goatfell turn left at a cairn and continue down to the saddle. (Fig 5)
Arran 2011 Looking down from North Goatfell.jpg
Looking from North Goatfell to the Saddle and Cir Mhor and The Castles
From there follow the path down Glen Rosa until you reach a small bridge on your left which crosses the Rosa Burn (Ref 982387). This is about 300m before the bridge which crosses the Garbh Allt burn. Cross the bridge and follow the path (muddy in many places) on the left side of the Rosa Burn through some forestry and open ground until you reach a tarmac road leading from the Castle. Turn left for about 300m to reach the path up Goatfell which you were on earlier. Follow this path back down to Cladach.
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Last edited by oap2046 on Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:39 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: A different route up Goatfell

Postby oap2046 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:00 pm

I have now corrected error.
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