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Meall Corranaich - get the start right and wear gaiters!

Meall Corranaich - get the start right and wear gaiters!


Postby ChrisH » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:35 am

Route description: Meall Corranaich and Meall a'Choire Leith

Munros included on this walk: Meall a'Choire Leith, Meall Corranaich

Date walked: 23/06/2014

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 9.5 km

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Meall Corranaich & Meall a Choire Leith:

I did these two after a long dry spell and the terrain was still in places very boggy so I was really pleased I had put on gaiters from the start.
I wouldn't advise these walks after a spell of wet weather!

Get the Start right:-
Underneath the large cairn there is a small parking space for 3-4 cars. The route does not start behind the cairn but up a good stone path which leaves the road about 80 yards from the cairn back towards the reservoir.
Start of Path (on right) up to Meall Corraneith (Cairn up on left).jpg

This is an excellent well-made, stone path but unfortunately it quickly ends (currently at a large solid bag of concrete!)
Well made stone path at start og Meall Corranieth.jpg
and then vague paths lead out into boggy territory.
Head SE across the bog heading towards the top of the small hillock. At the top of this hillock the line of rusty fence posts leading SSE becomes obvious which really aids navigation and bog hopping.
Meall Corraneith - at the top of the hillock the line of fence posts appear!.jpg

The terrain is still boggy until the fence posts begin to lead up hill. Navigation following the fence posts is now straightforward and the terrain improves and the summit is reached with great views of Ben Lawers etc.
Two Walkers on the summit of Meall Corranaich with the pre summit cairn in the foreground.jpg


The route description is good and the navigation across to Meall a Choire Leith is straightforward.
Leaving the summitt of Meall Corraneith.jpg
A very unremarkable flat, rounded, summit it never-the-less has good views.
The undistinguished summit of Meall a Choire Leith.jpg

There is no obvious path off the summit but head South West and look for a quite well defined path which eventually emerges down the steep grassy slope.
The path crosses the burn and then contours across the slope, becoming vague and boggy again before arriving at the concrete reservoir.
Cross the stream and now the vague path heads across the bog back to the start.
Once the correct start is found these are 2 easy Munros, especially if you have a happy knack of sleuthing the best line through the boggy terrain!
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Re: Meall Corranaich - get the start right and wear gaiters!

Postby Gordie12 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:10 pm

Hi Chris - thanks for posting this report. On a day of clag and bog your notes really helped me.
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