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Carn an Tri-tighearnan

Carn an Tri-tighearnan

Postby lozferatu » Sat May 25, 2013 6:35 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Càrn nan Tri-tighearnan

Date walked: 25/05/2013

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 380m

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Drove past Cawdor castle gates then follow road for Drynachan lodge. At the lodge the road becomes a steep and badly potholed track for the last KM.

I parked just before the tributary to the Findhorn at Daless, plenty of space here. The access track shown on the map continues to near the top of Carn an Uillit Bhric, about a KM further than the map shows.
Rather than follow the access road all the way up I followed the tributary for 600m until it becomes a small waterfall. The goings pretty flat untill this point, a bit of a track to start with then easy if you hop across the stream a few times to take the clearest path.

Once the valley the tributary sits in is blocked by the waterfall it's a fairly easy scramble up the right( northern) bank for about 60m to reach the more level ground. After this you can see where the track on the map crosses the stream and continues up the mountain. You can also see that there is a good access road about 200m from you position that meets that track- this is not shown on the map.

I walked across the open hill- the ground cover is about a foot deep mostly but not boggy in general and easy going.

Once you reach the track it is fairly level untill it joins the track on the map and then become quite steep in places. This track takes you 837 388 on the OS, from here the ground flattens off but the Peat hags start. You can clearly see the Trig point from here so it's crow flies except for picking the smaller hags.

Its around 500m of peat hags to negotiate, small at first then 8ft deep, 20ft across in the centre. It was a dry sunny day when I did it so the ground was mainly firm, probably pretty treacherous after a wet period.
The hags then reduce is size as you approach the summit with the last few hundread metres being welcome grass/ moss.

Return route was the same, in all a little more challenging then following the track but much quicker and the first valley and waterfall is pretty scenic. Most of the hill is pretty bare but the views are good- one to do on a clear, dry day as the top of the hill is featureless and the peat hags would be a disorientating in the mist.

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