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Burning up the Burma Road

Burning up the Burma Road


Postby superstar_tradesman » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:30 am

Route description: Geal-charn Mòr , from Lynwilg

Corbetts included on this walk: Geal-charn Mòr

Date walked: 11/12/2016

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 12.8 km

Ascent: 600m

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For a December Sunday I was looking for a straightforward hill, nothing too strenuous, and since the forecast for Strathspey seemed promising, I flipped a coin between Geal-charn Mor and Carn an Fhreiceadain. Thankfully I chose the former, and had a lovely bright walk up, while the latter stayed hidden under cloud just a few miles away.

I decided to follow the WH route there and back, so left the car on the old A9 at the bridge at Lynwilg, with a few other walkers' cars already there. I was on my way by 10.30, and headed along the tarmac road to Allt na Criche, before slanting uphill onto the Burma Road. One of the houses there has an honesty box and a load of rocky road bars and other very tasty looking traybakes—I'd never seen that on a hill route before, but thought it was a wonderful idea. Of course, I walked by, thinking "I'll get one on my way down", completely forgetting my route back wouldn't come this way… :oops:

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Cake shop this way!


Oblivious to my missed opportunity, I made fast progress up the Burma road, which clearly is still well-used by 4WD vehicles as it's in excellent nick.

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Is this the way to Mandalay?


I made it to the high point of the track at 690m in about an hour, and the way forward to Geal-charn Mor's summit was a clear, if initially boggy path.

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The final (gentle) push to Geal-charn Mor


Another 15 minutes, including crossing a fence by a stile beside a curiously substantial gate, and I was at the top.

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Gate analysis


The Cairngorms were shrouded in cloud, but the view north to the lonely Monadhliath was captivating, and a real contrast to the green fields and trees of Strathspey in the opposite direction.

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NW from the summit to the Monadhliath hinterland

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E from the summit towards Aviemore


The summit trig has a handy stone shelter that initially did a good job of fending off the effects of the chilly breeze, but after 10 minutes eating lunch and gazing at the views it was time to head back. I retraced my steps to the Burma Road, and immediately turned right following the less well established path SSE towards Ballinluig, Someone had been along here on a bike, judging by the tyre tracks, but I guess had given up, because this path's mix of stones and bog really doesn't look like my idea of fun for cycling.

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Looking back to the Burma Road from the Ballinluig path


As the path descended more steeply, the view across Loch Alvie towards Ord Ban opened up. Since I was way ahead of schedule, and the weather was holding, the idea of an afternoon walk began to grow in appeal :)

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Loch Alvie and Ord Ban, and an idea for the afternoon…


After skirting round to the W of Ballinluig farm, I picked up the tarmac track that heads E parallel with the A9. It changes surface as it passes a wood that was teeming with pheasant, but gives fast walking back to Lynwilg. A really pleasant walk, and with another 3 hours of daylight I needed another fix—so it was on to Loch an Eilean and another hill via Aviemore…
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Re: Burning up the Burma Road

Postby teaandpies » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:55 am

I don't remember that gate being there. I guess it must be pretty new.
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Re: Burning up the Burma Road

Postby dogplodder » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:03 pm

Fancy getting back up here when the snow returns and need to remember to take some cash for the tray bakes! 8)
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Re: Burning up the Burma Road

Postby rockhopper » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:43 pm

A good hill esp if you don't have too much time - cycled to the top one summer's evening a few years back. Last bit was a little rougher but great on the descent. Also don't remember the gate so presumably quite new - cheers :)
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Re: Burning up the Burma Road

Postby superstar_tradesman » Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:10 pm

rockhopper wrote:A good hill esp if you don't have too much time - cycled to the top one summer's evening a few years back. Last bit was a little rougher but great on the descent. Also don't remember the gate so presumably quite new - cheers :)


I couldn't see why there was a need for such a wide gate when there were no obvious vehicle tracks there. Unless it's in preparation for something…industrial :(
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Re: Burning up the Burma Road

Postby Yorjick » Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:49 pm

It looks very different to a year ago (minus 1 day). To me it looks like vehicles of some description are taken through the gate, judging by the amount of erosion. I assume that the fence is to divide sheep from grouse as they have different effect on the vegetation and are best managed separately.

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=58489

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Geal Charn Mhor
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Re: Burning up the Burma Road

Postby gaffr » Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:09 pm

The fence in question would perhaps stop most sheep from reaching the Corbett but for flighted grouse so chance. :lol:
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