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Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor


Postby dogplodder » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:11 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Cnoc Mor

Date walked: 11/01/2014

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Set off mid morning for Strathpeffer with Moira, Evelyn and the dogs and parked at Blackmuir Wood Forestry car park. Passed the tiny lochan and wooden sculptures and headed up the wide track towards Cnoc Mor.

Not this path
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This one
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Cnoc Mor straight ahead
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It was a beautiful morning but cloud was gathering from the north
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We had intended heading straight up Cnoc Mor but missed the right turn off the main track.

The footprints (ours on the return) to the right of the birch trees is where we should have left the track
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When we realised we'd missed the turn we decided to carry on up to the point where the path meets the ridge where you turn left for Knock Farrel and right for Cnoc Mor.

Signpost for Knock Farrel and Cnoc Mor
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The last time we were here it was with Kath after low cloud chased us off the Strathconon Corbetts. That was to be our last walk with Kath - though obviously we didn't know that at the time. On that occasion we couldn't continue along the ridge to the top of Cnoc Mor because felling was in progress.

The previous occasion with felling ahead
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We crossed the stile and followed the path by the side of the fence, an area with more open views than it used to have thanks to the felling that kept us out last year. It began snowing and we thought we'd probably lost the chance of views from the top but it was just a quick shower and by the time we reached the top the sun was shining again.

Loch Ussie from felled area
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Glimpse of Cromarty Firth with snow shower approaching
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Fresh snow on the trees (Moira's pic)
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Trig point on Cnoc Mor
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Evelyn and Moira
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Evelyn and me
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We walked a little further west and considered going down towards Jamestown but decided against it and retraced our steps to the stile which we crossed into the woods.

Looking west
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Over the stile and through the trees
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Arty shot (Moira's)
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Strathpeffer below
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The path traverses the steep side of the hill and zigzags down to the main track. I hadn't brought my poles but could have done with them as the descent was steep and muddy in places.

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As we did the last time with Kath we called in at the Victorian station tea room, but it was closed for the winter so we went to the tea room at Dingwall station instead.
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby Lastofthesummerwine » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:06 am

We did this walk last summer from a wee camp site nearby. Your photos are very good but tell me how do you get so many posted. It takes me ages to upload photos and now I see they are asking for photos of no more than 600 or so pixels wide. My camera doesn't take good photos at that low resolution. How do you manage! Maybe it is the fact that my broadband is not up to city standard as we live in the country. I'd be interested to hear your view,
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We loved the walk though. Thanks for the photos.
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby tweedledog » Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:37 pm

Good to see the dogs out in the sun, and Moira's 'arty shot' is splendid. I've been doing a lot of wandering in Argyll with The Whippet, but nothing that has merited a report. Must follow your example and get organised...
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby BlackPanther » Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:23 pm

My first sub 2000 :D It used to be a great spot for mushroom picking (especially orange birch boletes and saffron cups), before most of the forest was cut down. Still a nice walk and a good viewpoint, I must revisit it sometime :D
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby heatheronthehills » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:54 pm

This is our local hill and a real gem. The views are fabulous and there are so many different ways you can wander across the hill. Great pics, looks like you had a wonderful day :D
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby mrssanta » Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:50 pm

must have been poignant for you thinking of Kath on this lovely day.
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:29 pm

Nice images of the surrounding area dp.
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby dogplodder » Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:42 am

Lastofthesummerwine wrote:We did this walk last summer from a wee camp site nearby. Your photos are very good but tell me how do you get so many posted. It takes me ages to upload photos and now I see they are asking for photos of no more than 600 or so pixels wide. My camera doesn't take good photos at that low resolution. How do you manage! Maybe it is the fact that my broadband is not up to city standard as we live in the country. I'd be interested to hear your view,
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We loved the walk though. Thanks for the photos.


The photos I take are too big to post so I downsize them (right click and option comes up). If you store your pics on the Walkhighlands site you are allowed to post up to 25, which I find a good restraint or there's a temptation to post far too many! :D
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby dogplodder » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:47 pm

tweedledog wrote:Good to see the dogs out in the sun, and Moira's 'arty shot' is splendid.


Moira takes great photos and I've been nagging her to do her own reports and am still working on it....! :lol:
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby Johnny Corbett » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:48 pm

A nice wee wander with good views.
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby pollyh33 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:31 am

Another lovely report Kathleen.


Can't pick my favourite pic this time, they are all so beautiful!

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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby Bod » Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:12 am

Lovely pictures! And yes I like the 25 pics idea too :D :D :D
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby dogplodder » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:33 am

BlackPanther wrote:My first sub 2000 :D It used to be a great spot for mushroom picking (especially orange birch boletes and saffron cups), before most of the forest was cut down. Still a nice walk and a good viewpoint, I must revisit it sometime :D


Handy for you! :D
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby dogplodder » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:34 am

heatheronthehills wrote:This is our local hill and a real gem. The views are fabulous and there are so many different ways you can wander across the hill. Great pics, looks like you had a wonderful day :D


Didn't realise you were local too. :D
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Re: Sparkling beauty and bejewelled trees on Cnoc Mor

Postby dogplodder » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:37 am

mrssanta wrote:must have been poignant for you thinking of Kath on this lovely day.


We always think of her when we're out but particularly so on this walk. It's kind of you to remember.
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