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Great paths and views all the way to Beinn a' Bhuird

Great paths and views all the way to Beinn a' Bhuird


Postby dogplodder » Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:11 pm

Route description: Beinn a' Bhùird

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a' Bhùird

Date walked: 20/06/2014

Distance: 28 km

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Two days after the fire at Derry Lodge we were back over the Cock Bridge road to Braemar, this time to climb Beinn a' Bhuird. We parked at the end of the public road to Linn of Quoich and took the path to the left just beyond the gate across the road.

Obvious path
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Ignoring the path off towards Linn of Quoich you take a right turn on to the track up Glen Quoich with many fine examples of old Scots Pine along the way.

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Following Quoich Water up the long glen
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Beinn a' Bhuird now clearly in view
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Beinn a' Bhuird (M's pic)
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Track drops down to cross the Allt an Dubh-Ghleann
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Allt an Dubh-Ghleann and south end of Beinn a' Bhuird (M's pic)
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From the route description we fully expected a paddle at this point but the water level was low and we crossed easily on stones, keeping our boots dry. :D

Easy crossing
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After the long drive and walk in we were ready for a second breakfast so headed for rocks at the side of the track and in the process almost stood on a mature adder sunning itself. I fished out my camera but it quickly slithered out of sight under stones and I felt it was not a good idea to try and get it to come out for a photo session! I also kept a watchful eye on the pile of stones (close to where we were sitting) in case it decided to come our way. Having a dog that nearly died from a juvenile adder bite has given me a healthy respect for these beauties! :shock:

The track then heads for the pinewoods below Carn Allt na Beine and abruptly ends. But the route continues on a well made path winding its way up through the trees. This path is a masterpiece of restorative work by the National Trust transforming a wide ugly scar of a bull-dozed route (visible for miles around) into a discreet but well designed path going all the way up to the stony plateau of Beinn a' Bhuird, which is the only area where in places it became less distinct. We had expected a long day but this excellent path made access so much easier than we expected. :D

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View back to Glen Quoich from above the tree line
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Lochnagar visible from path leading on to ridge of An Diollaid
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This part of the old track is exposed so taking longer to recolonise with plants
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Magnificent Cairngorms
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Cairn Toul, Derry Cairngorm, Ben Macdui and Coire Etchachan
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Tor-studded Beinn Mheadhoin
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Beinn a' Chaorainn and Bynack More
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The path zig zags up to the summit plateau, taking the sting out of the ascent and reaching a cairn from where we continued east to the edge of Coire an Dubh-Lochain, which with its dramatic Bloodhound Buttress and lovely lochan is an unexpected wow moment.

Coire an Dubh-Lochain
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A' Chioch
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Path to northern summit and dropped cornices in Coire nan Clach
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Across Coire nan Clach to tors of Ben Avon
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On the plateau we could imagine how exposed and inhospitable it could be in poor weather. Even on a balmy June day there was a rawness in the wind and a darkening of skies that had us donning jackets - and didn't entice us to hang around for too long!

Moira at summit cairn of Beinn a' Bhuird
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Summit tor of Ben Avon from flat summit tundra of 'Table Hill'
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Heading back over the plateau under threatening skies
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After return river crossing looking back through the pines
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Beinn a' Bhuird from Glen Quoich - the sleeping giant
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For me it was maybe unfortunate we didn't need to take boots off and paddle as my feet always feel the benefit and I most unusually developed a large blister on the joint of my big toe reducing me to a hobble for the last few miles. But it was well worth the discomfort for such a fabulous day climbing a hill I never expected to be so good and I'm itching now to go back to climb Ben Avon! :D
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Re: Great paths and views all the way to Beinn a' Bhuird

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:38 am

Lovely report DP, yes the great summer weather seems a long time ago now :? Your and Moira's pics are great :clap:

Thanks for the great route description - we're still pondering a trip linking Beinn a'Buird and Ben Avon, would like to do it this summer, if the weather gods smile :D
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Re: Great paths and views all the way to Beinn a' Bhuird

Postby dogplodder » Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:14 pm

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Lovely report DP, yes the great summer weather seems a long time ago now :? Your and Moira's pics are great :clap:

Thanks for the great route description - we're still pondering a trip linking Beinn a'Buird and Ben Avon, would like to do it this summer, if the weather gods smile :D


Well maybe you shouldn't go the way we did as it looks like Glen Quoich route is now cut off since flooding has diverted river over it. :think:

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Re: Great paths and views all the way to Beinn a' Bhuird

Postby shredder » Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:13 pm

Informative report and good photos. :D

Be interesting to see if river reverts to normal course when water level goes down. 8)
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Re: Great paths and views all the way to Beinn a' Bhuird

Postby dogplodder » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:23 pm

shredder wrote:Informative report and good photos. :D

Be interesting to see if river reverts to normal course when water level goes down. 8)


Water always takes line of least resistance so guess it depends how much the lie of the land was changed by the flooding. 8)
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Re: Great paths and views all the way to Beinn a' Bhuird

Postby AnnieMacD » Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:06 pm

Great report and pictures. That's a long walk - and you're going to do it all again for Ben Avon? I'm really chicken when it comes to distances like that. I'm always itching to start climbing!

Your appended photo - is that the same spot as the one above where you crossed?
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Re: Great paths and views all the way to Beinn a' Bhuird

Postby dogplodder » Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:28 pm

AnnieMacD wrote:Great report and pictures. That's a long walk - and you're going to do it all again for Ben Avon? I'm really chicken when it comes to distances like that. I'm always itching to start climbing!

Your appended photo - is that the same spot as the one above where you crossed?


No, the spot we crossed was a ford where the track crosses the river intentionally. Where that photo was taken is a point where flooding caused the river to divert and take a different course across the track, thus cutting it off. What I don't know is if when the levels drop it will revert to it's original course. Be interesting to see. 8)
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Re: Great paths and views all the way to Beinn a' Bhuird

Postby rockhopper » Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:33 am

good day for it, DP - looked most enjoyable even with the wind - cheers :)
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Re: Great paths and views all the way to Beinn a' Bhuird

Postby dogplodder » Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:01 pm

rockhopper wrote:good day for it, DP - looked most enjoyable even with the wind - cheers :)


Thanks RH - it was a great day! :D
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