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4 Munros Circuit - Anti Clockwise + the Hydro Scheme!!

4 Munros Circuit - Anti Clockwise + the Hydro Scheme!!


Postby ChrisH » Fri May 15, 2015 12:34 pm

Route description: Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Creag Mhor

Munros included on this walk: Carn Gorm, Carn Mairg, Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean), Meall Garbh (Carn Mairg)

Date walked: 13/05/2015

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 18 km

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4 Munros in a Day ! And you get the bonus of enjoying (!?!) all the earth moving equipment on the hydro electric scheme!

As Panther's walk report in April said, this is another Glen where a major hydro-electric scheme is being built and at present it looks very ugly low down near the road. However, once you get up high this is a great day on the hills.

Start:
The track opposite the telephone box is blocked off and don't go wandering into the gardens of the private houses as they get upset.
About 30 yards closer to the parking spot there is a new gate and track . (note the green post with Yellow/orange top on the left hand side, these are used to show the way up to the hill).
4 Munros Circuit  the new gate and start (before the Telephone box).jpg


The obvious path wanders up into the forest via two gates and emerges onto the big muddy road made for the Hydro scheme.
4 Munros Circuit - temporary signage as you emerge from the forest - this will lead you upi anti clockwise..jpg


If you follow the temporary signs and the footpath up the R side of the Hydro road, it will naturally lead you up the slope of Roinn na Creage and onto an Anti Clockwise circuit of the 4 Munros.
This is good in that it gets you away from the Hydro Scheme mess quickly. The only down side is at the end of the walk, when you are tired, you have a steep slog up to Carn Gorm as your final summit.

Note: if you want to go clockwise you will probably need to turn L out of the forest and follow the Hydro mud road around to the left for about 10-15 mins (not straightforward if they are working with big earthmovers) until you see a green post with yellow/orange top which leads down to the Rickety Bridge. As I was finishing the route I tried to see whether there is a footpath close to the Burn on the R side (ascending) but it looks to be blocked at several points by hydro work.

The Anti-clockwise route was chosen by me and its a good, steep footpath to the SW shoulder of Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean) with good views back to Glen Lyon.
4 Munros Circuit  ascending Creag Mhor, the view back down into Geln Lyon (Carn Gorm of R).jpg

4 Munros Circuit - Above Roinn na Creige approaching the shoulder of Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean).jpg


Then a steady pull up a good path which emerges on a small col between the secondary summit on the R and the rocky main summit of Creag Mhor on the left.
The views from the small rocky summit of Creag Mhor are excellent.

Retrace your footsteps a little to where a path contours slowly down and right towards Meall Liath and Carn Mairg.
4 Munros Circuit  From summit of Creag Mhor,  (Meall na Aighean), the view across to Carn Mairg (path just visible).jpg


This is a nice contour path until it nears the steep front face of Cairn Mairg where a steep and rocky path on the R side goes more or less straight up to finish to the right of the rocky tor.
4 Munros Circuit  Carn Mairg - the rocky Tor.jpg

4 Munros Circuit  Carn Mairg - the summit.jpg


Great views of Schiehallion!

4 Munros Circuit  Carn Mairg - Schiehallion from the summit.jpg

On a clear day the route NW/West along the ridge towards Meall a Bharr and Meall Garbh is laid out before you.
4 Munros Circuit  Carn Mairg - view from the summit along the ridge to Meall Garbh.jpg


This is a long relatively flat ridge with several Tops en route:-
4 Munros Circuit  part way along the ridge from Carn Mairg  to Meall Garbh.jpg

4 Munros Circuit  part way along the ridge from Carn Mairg  to Meall Garbh with a view toward Ben Nevis.jpg


Continue following the old iron fenceposts which eventuially lead down into a col . The footpath follows the fenceposts up the spur between the big snow patches.
4 Munros Circuit  part way along the ridge to Meall Garbh the path on the R goes up the rocky spur between the snow and Carn Gorm on the L.jpg


The posts lead up to the summit of Meall Garbh and good views of the final objective - Carn Gorm.
4 Munros Circuit Summit of Meall Garbh with Carn Gorm.jpg


Descend off Meall Garbh - good footpath steep in places to a col between the two mountains. Follow the path up the steep slope towards the top of An Sgorr but after about 100 yards the footpath contours off right avoiding the top of An Sgorr and contouring around to meet the final slope leading up to Carn Gorm.
4 Munros Circuit the final slop up to Carn Gorm.jpg


Big snow patch on the West flank of Carn Gorm
4 Munros Circuit on the final slope up to Carn Gorm corniced snow patch on the West flank.jpg


The final slope up to Carn Gorm is steep but a good footpath emerges on the more northerly summit with fine views to the North- Loch Rannoch, Ben Nevis, etc
4 Munros Circuit the summitt of Carn Gorm with view to North West.jpg


Great views all around and a great panorama of the route you have just walked.
4 Munros Circuit  Panorama of the route from Carn Gorm 1 Creag Mhor and Carn Mairg.jpg

4 Munros Circuit  Panorama of the route from Carn Gorm 2 Carn Mairg and the ridge along to Mall Garbh.jpg

4 Munros Circuit  Panorama of the route from Carn Gorm 3 Meall Garbh and An Sgorr.jpg


Wander over to the other summit of Carn Gorm to enjoy fab views to the South down into Glen Lyon and across to Ben Lawers .
4 Munros Circuit the summitt of Carn Gorm with view South and down into Glen Lyon 1.jpg

4 Munros Circuit the summitt of Carn Gorm with view South 2  Ben Lawers.jpg


The path down off Carn Gorm is well defined and generally easy going (apart from two short steep sections). Slightly soft and boggy in a few places but this is nice and easy on the knees in descent.

4 Munros Circuit  on the path down from Carn Gorm a nice soft snow patch.jpg


4 Munros Circuit  on the path down from Carn Gorm view East Creag Mhor with the road scar of the hyro electric scheme below.jpg


As you get down to the edge of the forestry plantation the footpath is re-routed alongside the Invervar Burn.
4 Munros Circuit   new sign for the re- routed Carn Gorm path (just by the Rickety Bridge).jpg

The footpath follows the R side (descending) of the Burn to the Rickety Bridge.
4 Munros Circuit  - the Rickety Bridge.jpg


At this point the path seems to join the big muddy road of the hydro scheme and I followed this down past big excavation holes and large earthmoving vehicles (It was late afternoon and the workers had stopped).
I couldn't see a footpath away from the big mud road but there may be a small footpath down by the Burn.

The mud road leads in about 10 minutes to the point where you can fork right back onto the forest path down to the start point.

Shame that the lower part of the walk is currently such a mess but this is a great walk with really good views once up on the hill.
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Re: 4 Munros Circuit - Anti Clockwise + the Hydro Scheme!!

Postby JimboJim » Fri May 15, 2015 1:30 pm

This is the estate which gave walkers so much grief about the environmental impact of their walking these hills! Wonder what they would say now?

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Re: 4 Munros Circuit - Anti Clockwise + the Hydro Scheme!!

Postby BlackPanther » Fri May 15, 2015 1:42 pm

So it hasn't improved much since early April - I mean the hydro scheme. But once higher up, it's a lovely ridgewalk. Not much white stuff left now :D We struggled up Cairn Mairg in thick layer of slushy snow, now the slope is completely bare. And great views any time of the year!

I hope once the scheme is finished, the glen will be tidied up.
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