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Last of the daylight on Cruban Beag

Last of the daylight on Cruban Beag

Postby superstar_tradesman » Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:39 am

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Cruban Beag

Date walked: 03/01/2016

Time taken: 0.95 hours

Distance: 3.2 km

Ascent: 300m

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Having finished another Badenoch Sub 2k just after 3pm, and with time to kill before the evening's accommodation opened up, I wondered if this murky January day would give me enough daylight to squeeze in another hill before it got dark. So I kept my boots on, drove along the Glen Truim road, and parked on the verge just after a gate at NN660935 (the line of pylons alongside this road has been pulled down as part of the Beauly-Denny project). I looked at my watch (3:15pm), up at the hill, and down at my map, and thought "yeah, let's go for it!"

I hopped over the gate and made my way south through a muddy, wooded pasture, which gradually got steeper until I reached a bend in a barbed wire fence, just below a wee crag. At this point, rather than climbing the hill without crossing any fences, I decided to take a route that involved two barbed wire fence crossings and two deer fence crossings! My mistake was assuming the summit was south of the deer fence, when actually a check of the OS 1:25k map would show it's to the north.

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Looking back down the ascent route, and across upper Strathspey

The route to the top is a plod SE up the side of the fence, which about halfway up changes from a barbed wire fence to a high deer fence, albeit with a couple of of areas where the fence has come down. The slope evened off just before a craggy false summit, and I reached the prominent trig pillar in just under half an hour. There was enough daylight to see something of a view from the top, though the murky clouds severely limited what I could see to the E and S.

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Cruban Beag trig point in the gloaming, with Creag Dhubh behind

A quick look around, and then I followed the same route back to the car, this time deciding to stay to the N of the fence all the way. And I made it back without even needing a torch :)

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Re: Last of the daylight on Cruban Beag

Postby bar72 » Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:32 pm

thank you for posting the trip report. I was looking for a couple of hours to kill and this is nearby :)
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