by L-Hiking » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:31 am
Route description: Bynack More from Glenmore
Munros included on this walk: Bynack More
Date walked: 13/07/2013
Time taken: 7.5 hours
Distance: 23 km
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Anyway we parked at the Allt Mor Car Park on the road towards the Ski Centre, there was not a car in the area which was a sharp contrast to the minions alongside Loch Morlich. We took the WH route as described which is an excellent and easy description, the two large boulders which point the way out of the car park are easy to locate. A pleasant and easy start to the walk is most enjoyable which passes through trees of Scotch Pine, Juniper and Birch and eventually onto the main Forestry Track through the Ryvoan Reserve. This path is followed until An Lochan Uaine is reached, I was here last year and marvelled at this wonderful place which today was so peaceful. I was as much impressed with its beauty today as I was the previous year. A customary wander to the Lochan shore was undertaken to examine more closely the magical colour and to feel the atmosphere here.
This is definitely a place I shall come again and maybe when my legs will no longer carry me up the Mountains and fells I can come here and just relax with my memories…Simply beautiful!
Onwards the path carries on eventually coming to a fork, the right fork is taken following the Lairig an Laoigh path towards Braemar, thereafter the Ryvoan Bothy comes into view quietly nestling under Meall a’ Bhuachaille.
The path ahead is clear to see and wanders for such a long way and can be seen wandering its way up to the high ridge to the left of Bynack More. There is a wonderful coffee stop at the bridge over the River Nethy and we took full advantage of the opportunity. The path looking ahead did look a long long way!
As the moorland is crossed and gently rises with each step there are nice views to the right of Strath Nethy which is an alternative return route after topping Bynack More. We had not made our minds up of the return route at this moment, much will depend on stamina and weather conditions later in the day.
The ridge is soon reached and the objective can be seen dead ahead and looking a little steeper that the walk so far, the summit was covered in cloud, however as ever we were hopeful it would clear at the top to allow some photographs. The climb towards the summit is easily reached with a choice of paths between the rocky outcrops.
The mist had lifted and we were rewarded with some magnificent 360* views of the mountains and of course the Little Barns of Bynack were beckoning. We had decided on a return by the same way after a discussion with a gentleman from Dundee on the summit who said the Strath Nethy route although pleasant is quite rough in places. We were not however returning until we had visited the barns themselves.
These granite tors are really impressive and are put into perspective here with my wife Carol stood against them.
Another few photos and it was about turn the route back down the Lairig an Laoigh path is a delight with beautiful views towards Meall a’Bhuachaille and Ben Rinnes to the west. A wonderful walk throughout although a little tiring for our first day.
Could my few days in the Highlands get any better?
I was hoping so!
by dooterbang » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:12 pm
The green lochan is stunning
by RicKamila » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:51 pm
by ChrisW » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:51 pm
by simon-b » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:10 pm
by mountainboy12 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:33 pm
Was it windy up there?
how much munros do you expect to do my the end of the year?
by L-Hiking » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:38 pm
RicKamila wrote:A great hill and a great walk. We didn't head down to the barns as it was sitting on 28C when we were there and it was starting to get a wee bit too hot for us, so headed back. Think we'll revisit it one day though.
You must revisit, the Barns are impressive
dooterbang wrote:Well done to you both. I seen nothing when doing BM so nice to see the views.
Thanks Dooters..makes a change to get some views..I was lucky
ChrisW wrote:Great report LH....but don't go using all your energy on the first day
Plenty of energy left for a couple of pints later
simon-b wrote:Excellent stuff, LH. It looks like you had a great day on one of the Cairngorms I've yet to climb. A great area, with massive mountains which show their best features to people who make the effort to get among them.
I have a long way to go to reach your total
Would be good to maybe meet for a hike sometime a bit nearer home maybe?
mountainboy12 wrote:how much munros do you expect to do my the end of the year?
Living in the Lowlands of York, I am not sure if I will get up again this year...still got some Wainwrights to knock off
by johnkaysleftleg » Sun Aug 04, 2013 2:09 am
by SusieThePensioner » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:08 pm
Looked a great walk and some wonderful views