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A long walk - but worth it - Cnap Chaochan Aitinn

A long walk - but worth it - Cnap Chaochan Aitinn


Postby rob munbett » Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:26 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Cnap Chaochan Aitinn

Date walked: 18/07/2016

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 19 km

Ascent: 723m

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I drove round from Braemar to Tomintoul and things were not looking too hopeful weather-wise. However, I parked at the viewpoint carpark to the the south of the village and set off down the road on the east side of the River Avon. What concerned me was the amount of downhill at the start - that meant a lot of uphill at the end of the day. Anyway, the good surface made for quick walking down to the bridge over to Wester Gaulrig.
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The bridge to Wester Gaulrig over the Avon
Once past this house, I could see my hill in the distance but I knew there was a good estate track to follow all the way.
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The hill in the distance from Wester Gaulrig
There was a fair wind blowing and I was walking right into it but at least the rain was holding off and the clouds were high enough for a view.
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Getting closer!
I plodded on up the track until I was west of the summit. I was about to take to the heathery hillside but I spotted a stony track heading straight for the summit, obviously there to allow easy access to all the weather paraphernalia at the top. I didn't even have to get my boots dirty!
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The summit cairn
The views to the south, over Ben Avon and Beinn a Bhuird were great but the weather was beginning deteriorate so it was not a place to linger.
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The view over Ben Avon and Beinn a Bhuird
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The route out
It was along walk out and there was a fair amount of uphill on the road but it really wasn't too bad and I didn't have far to drive to Tomintoul hostel which was my base for the night.

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