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Glen Sannox, North Goat Fell & Goat Fell

Glen Sannox, North Goat Fell & Goat Fell

Postby colingray8 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:49 am

Corbetts included on this walk: Goat Fell

Date walked: 22/06/2014

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 1130m

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Seven Stirling Hillwalking Club members made there way to the ferry terminal at Ardrossan with the last one arriving just before 09:15. All tickets purchased there was just time for a coffee from the kiosk before we boarded the 09:45 ferry for the 55 minute crossing to Brodick on Arran. With a light breeze and wall to wall sunshine the views up and down the Clyde estuary were second to none. The crossing offered excellent views of our main target for today, Goatfell. The ferry was busy with cyclists, young adults doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) expeditions and lots of walkers all with the same plan as us. We soon arrived in Brodick where we met up with HE who was having a long weekend on the island, found our bus and settled down for the short bus trip to Sannox. The bus was abuzz with senior year school kids all setting off on their DofE award expedition and it was interesting listening to their singing, jokes and general excitement of what was to come. We were not the only walkers to alight in Sannox with over a dozen people getting off and making there way in different directions. Once everyone was settled and ready to go we started walking at just before 11:30. A late start but with plenty of daylight and time we were in no rush. The walk up Glen Sannox is magnificent, towering pinnacles of rock, the smell of the Myrtle (Myrtus Communis) and Wild Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum) blowing in the breeze and the warm sunshine made this an absolute pleasure. The only drawback was that we could see the steep climb that was in front of us. At a few minutes past 12:00 we decided to stop for a quick coffee and apply the sunscreen. Although we had only been walking for half an hour, we had been on the go for a few hours. After 10 minutes we were off again heading for the steep end of Glen Sannox. This is where the route got more challenging, the clear path soon split up into a series of small less obvious paths and became quire eroded in places, the steep aspect of the hill made this quite a challenge, the walking poles were either packed away or carried in one hand as we scrambled our way up the final steep section, luckily finding excellent traction on the course granite. It was 13:10 when we arrived at the top of the valley in the bealach between North Goatfell and Cir Mhor where we admired the views and had a late lunch. Here we were joined by a German tourist who had walked in along Glen Rosa and asked if he could join us on the final ascent to Goatfell. At 13:45 AR pointed us in the right direction and we said our goodbyes, as three members headed down into Glen Rosa and 5+1 headed up the ridge towards North Goatfell. This was again interesting as the path split at various section to weave it's way up the rocky sheer ridge. At one point we made the decision to take the path of least resistance, heading round rather than up but this was soon proven to be a mistake as we hit a section of very steep ascent over sheer rock. With a lot of huffing, puffing, cursing and swearing we eventually crossed the rock and reached the path ready for the next section. This was a very exposed part of the walk with serious drops on both sides of the path but offering fantastic views north over Cir Mhor and on to the upper Clyde estuary. At 15:05 we reached the summit of North Goatfell at 818 meters. After the usual photos - of which there were lots - we headed for our target of the day Goatfell. Again rocky and exposed in places but not quite as bad as the ascent to North Goatfell we meandered our way along the ridge to arrive at the roof of Arran at 874 meters at 15:30. Photos all round again and admiring the views in all directions - south to Ailsa Craig, south west to the south end of the Mull of Kintyre & Sanda, north east over Bute to the upper Clyde estuary and beyond on to the Crianlarich hills, layer upon layer of hills - absolutely stunning! From the summit we followed the well constructed tourist path down towards Brodick, still feeling the heat in the sun. A quick stop for hydration and to apply more sunscreen we were soon passing the Arran brewery - which was difficult to walk past - and onto the beach for the pleasant walk back to the ferry terminal. A phone call from AR and the other group who were sitting outside a nice hotel, so at 18:20 we met up where some ordered food but all ordered something to drink, it had been a warm dry day. A short pleasant wait for the ferry sitting in the cool air watching the relaxed life of Brodick pass. Soon it was time to head to the ferry terminal and with lots of moans and groans about feeling stiff and sore we made our way over to the terminal. Said our goodbyes to HE who still had another night of her long weekend and we boarded the ferry seeing lots of the same faces that were on the ferry in the morning. Arriving back in Ardrossan for 20:15 we said our goodbyes and made our way home arriving back in Stirling just after 21:45, fourteen after we left this morning. A very long but hugely enjoyable day made extra special by the weather and the scenery. 16km with 1130 meters of ascent.

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Re: Glen Sannox, North Goat Fell & Goat Fell

Postby mountain thyme » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:42 pm

nice pics :)
I love the hills in Arran :D
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