Foss Mine Corbetts
by Gavin99 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:07 pm
Route description: Meall Tairneachan and Farragon Hill
Corbetts included on this walk: Farragon Hill, Meall Tairneachan
Date walked: 02/02/2013
Time taken: 5.25 hours
Distance: 15.5 km
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I met up with Pigeon for this walk ,one I was looking forward to with the promise of some interesting exploration. We got parked up in the layby just north of the mine track and were off walking for 8 o'clock .
The route up through the trees is pretty steep , thankfully the snowplough had been in action and a few tracked vehicles had been up and down making a nice corrugated surface to walk on . I haven't been out as much as I would have liked recently and found this a bit of a struggle , I was glad of a few ' photo breaks ' , the Sacred One looking amazing in the early morning light .
Once the track leaves the trees it levels out and gives much easier going as it traverses up the side of Meall Tairneachan to just below the summit , we decided to leave this for later in the day and continue towards the baryte mine .
Compared to the bitterly cold outside the air in the tunnel was surprisingly warm and humid , this had the effect of instantly blinding me as my glasses steamed up , my camera didn't like it either .This working follows a seam of baryte bearing rock deep under the hill , though I'm not sure if this part of the mine is still active . After a good look around we left the shelter and warmth of the tunnel to continue towards Farragon Hill .
After passing the opencast part of the mine we took a cross country route towards our first Corbett of the day (sorry P , my idea ), encountering deeper snow and a strengthening wind which made for slow going .
A lack of hill days recently and soft drifted snow made the final ascent of Farragon Hill a bit of a slog , thankfully Pigeon was feeling it too so I didn't feel too bad .
The views from the summit were grand but the snell wind drove us down to seek shelter behind a friendly boulder for lunch and a much needed rest before heading back west . On our return route we followed the track back to the mine , although this was still quite hard going underfoot it was definitely easier than our outward one. We stopped at the tunnel for another wee sit down and a bit more exploring before setting off towards our second Corbett of the day . After about 5 minutes of plodding uphill Pigeon decided that he was so impressed with the tunnel he wanted to go back for yet another look ( he'd also left his map there )
From the high point of the track it's only a few minutes to the summit of Meall Tairneachan , another fine viewpoint .
Back down on the track it was a quick descent back towards the road , stopping for a look at some of the excellent toys they have on site .
A great day out
by mrssanta » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:14 pm
by The Rodmiester » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:02 pm
by Bod » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:08 pm
by pigeon » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:50 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:34 pm
by Gavin99 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:39 pm
It certainly was lovely weather for walking MrsS, a few nice TRs from the day though I suppose we'll soon be back to cloud and rain againmrssanta wrote:really feeling extremely jealous reading all this trs of lovely snowy mountains and great views - off to sulk now and knit another pair of gloves
Hi Rod , sure was a bit of a slog between the two , even taking the sensible route on the track
Cheers Bod , you'll need to bring Ritchie here to show him the tunnels , he'd love itBod wrote:A fine effort there, well done guys. We were thinking of you from just a little further north
All part of the servicepigeon wrote:A smashing day Gavin,even kind of enjoyed the wee detour you took us
Aye Johnny , had a look at your report , very similar conditions . We thought it would be a handy enough day but it was a bit of a slog , still an enjoyable walk thoughJohnny Corbett wrote:Looks and sounds very familiar to when i did these two
by rockhopper » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:17 pm
by mountain thyme » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:19 pm
by Gavin99 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:00 pm
Cheers RHrockhopper wrote:yup - Saturday was certainly a great day - looks like you both had a great time - cheers
mountain thyme wrote:nice one... been finding these winter corbetts a slog myself
Yep , nothing easy about them , plenty of wee sit doons needed
by Yorjick » Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:17 pm
This working follows a seam of baryte bearing rock deep under the hill , though I'm not sure if this part of the mine is still active .
When I passed this tunnel on Tuesday, There was a rope across the opening of the tunnel and a "No unauthorised persons beyond this point" sign. There was a constant sound coming from within so it seems that it is still active. I think they would probably close it off otherwise.
Great walk report and interesting to see the inside of the tunnel.