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Rise and Flow in Pitlochry

Rise and Flow in Pitlochry

Postby Jockstar » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:32 pm

Route description: Ben Vrackie, near Pitlochry

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Vrackie

Date walked: 06/10/2012

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 9.5 km

Ascent: 720m

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After a three month spell through the summer when we did next to nothing in terms of walking we were determined to get back out onto the hills especially as all around us we knew people who were not only getting the Munro count up but were having a great time out there. That along with new people joining in the fun and as we were also looking forward to a long weekend at River Tummel holiday park gave us an incentive to get the map and compass in use again. We had an idea of going back to Beinn a Ghlo to climb Carn nan Gabhar which we failed to do the previous walk on Beinn a Ghlo. However due to the stiff nature of the task and a lack of a good fitness level that was going to be needed since we were going to do the walk ‘backwards’, we decided to do the sensible thing and opted for the Corbett Ben Vrackie instead which rises behind Pitlochry. :)

Clear signage everywhere!

House with a view

The weather was ideal for our return to walking with bright sunshine and low winds and soon after finding the car park we were on our way and soon heading out onto the hills leaving Pitlochry behind. The walk is really easy on the feet as paths are clear and even. Also there are clear signposts to show walkers the way to the top of Ben Vrackie. :clap:

Good advice sign!

Along the way there were a growing number of walkers enjoying the Autumn weather and there were clear views as far to the Paps of Fife to the south and to Glencoe in the north. Beinn a Ghlo was also very clear to the east and the River Tay snaked its way south from Pitlochry.

Ruby having lunch

It was still a steep climb at the end – especially when we hadn’t been out for 3 months – but well worth it when we got to the cairn and the trig point. Once having done the photos we headed back down a short distance and sat by the path having our packed lunch amid the sunshine and a large group of ladies from Edinburgh also arrived and we had a good blether with them all. :)

Ben Vrackie

Su on the way up

nearly there! The Cairn

Beinn a Ghlo

Su, Ruby and me

Su and Ruby enjoy the Autumn sun

The rate of walkers hardly faltered which showed the popularity of Ben Vrackie and is a good walk that has a bit of everything.Before too long we made our way down the hill and to enjoy a pint in The Moulin Hotel. All in all a great day that was to end with a visit to the Enchanted Forest 'Flow' at Faskally Woods to enjoy the sounds and music and a light show which is very impressive. :clap:
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Re: Rise and Flow in Pitlochry

Postby LeithySuburbs » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:42 pm

A good one to get back in the swing of things JS :). Mmm, Moulin Inn :P .
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Re: Rise and Flow in Pitlochry

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:25 pm

Welcome back to you both,great wee hill to come back with.Mmmmmmm,Moulin Inn,steak & chips.
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Re: Rise and Flow in Pitlochry

Postby Gavin99 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:40 pm

What a lovely day you had for it , wee Ruby is getting all grown up :D
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Re: Rise and Flow in Pitlochry

Postby Jock McJock » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:04 am

Good to see you, Su and Ruby back out in the hills Brian. Need to get a walk together sometime soon :D
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Re: Rise and Flow in Pitlochry

Postby jonny616 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:00 pm

Nice one to get back out. What a great weather day you all had :D :D
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Re: Rise and Flow in Pitlochry

Postby PeteR » Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:02 pm

Nice one Jockstar :D

This was my one (and I'm told) only Corbett with MrsR :( As much as she enjoyed it, she hated it and all we had was clag, cold and wind :shock: I think I might return in the winter when some snow will add an element of challenge. So glad you had sunshine and great views on your day out :D
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Re: Rise and Flow in Pitlochry

Postby Ranger » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:54 pm

Ben Vrackie is a cult hill, and a cracking path up and down is no bad thing :lol:

Thanks for posting :D
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Re: Rise and Flow in Pitlochry

Postby quoman » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:18 pm

I bet it was good to get back on the hills jockstar especialy in the good weather...ave still to do this one.
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