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Cromdale Grahams

Cromdale Grahams

Postby Mountaineer » Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:50 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Càrn a'Ghille Chearr, Creagan a' Chaise

Date walked: 23/04/2016

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 17.5 km

Ascent: 720m

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After a very pleasant overnight in Grantown (I can thoroughly recommend the Sylhet Basserie Indian Restaurant) I met up with my buddy Ewen for a day on the hill. Taking advantage of having two cars we left mine a Milton and drove in to Ballcorach where we started the walk.

A good track led past Knock, a sadly deralict house and steading with a water mill that has had some signs of restoration from perhaps 20 years ago, all of which now looks lost. The track continued up the hill, eventually petering out at about 500m, 1km to the south of Carn Eachie from where a well worn path let to the summit trig point of Carn a'Ghillie Chearr. From here the gentle east ridge led to a good track at about 450m that carried us quickly down to the car at Milton.

Despite what had been a pretty miserable forecast with sleet before we commenced. A relatively light northerly wind with some sunny spells made for a pleasant stroll south along the ridge on a path that was obvious other than at the wide 540m high col. The path appeared again at the unnamed 600m top and past the fine Edward VII Coronation Cairn and onwards to the enormous Victoria 60th Jubilee cairn, now minus the log-book, at the summit of Creagan a' Chaise.
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