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Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no prob

Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no prob


Postby The Rodmiester » Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:10 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Cnoc Coinnich

Date walked: 24/03/2017

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 8.76 km

Ascent: 676m

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This was promised to be the best hill walking weather of the year so far and it did not disappoint. Warm for the time of year, no wind and clear blue skies and this was to last three or four days, well bring it on. Last year I was in this area and thought I had done more or less all the Corbetts just to be told about two weeks after that this Graham had been re-measured and had now reached Corbett status.
We were to be starting off at the car parking area along the Ardgartan road which forms part of The Cowal Way adjacent to Coilessan and walk on up The Coilessan Glen between The Brack and Cnoc Choinnich, we were not expecting to find a newly constructed motorway up Coilessan Glen probably for a future hydro development no doubt judging by the high specification of ballast and thickness used for the upfilling, yep this was going to be a bit messy and would require boots and gaiters and maybe trousers to be heading for a good wash afterwards. I think those in charge of The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park should hang their heads in shame at the shocking mess being allowed to happen here, a disgrace. I for one find this totally unacceptable, with hindsight I'm thinking that this development may not have been noticed quite so quickly had Cnoc Coinnich had not been promoted to Corbett status last year, your views readers would be welcome.

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Just leaving the car parking area and already a sea of grey backfill material awaits us
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Taking the first turning right as identified by marker posts to Glen Coilessan with The Brack in the background
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The six meter motorway which lies ahead
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Onwards and upwards
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The Brack in the distance
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We are heading towards the right hand side of the forestry plantation
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More bulldozed material
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Now that's more like the track I expected to see, walking adjacent to the trees to gain access to the open hillside
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Time for refreshment, it's a warm day, shirt sleeve stuff, in March it's been a funny old Winter here in Scotland
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The gate to the hill itself
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Leaving the forestry behind with The Brack's summit in the distance
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Snow at this point soft with a slight crust but not loadbearing
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We are to be heading up the shoulder in the foreground and turning right towards the actual summit
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Steeper section with a steeper section coming up
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Heading up towards the shoulder going to the right
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Happy to be in the snow and off the motorway of mud
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Now on the steeper section, but no problems
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Deeper soft snow here
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Time for a look around to see the views
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Made the summit cairn no problem with the actual summit clear of snow
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Heading on down after a fantastic day on the hill and a stop off for a bite to eat
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Crossing the burn by the bridge this time
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Well I don't fancy cycling through this let alone walking
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Dear oh dear, not nice but not enough to detract from a fabulous hillday, some more of the same please.
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby Yorjick » Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:22 pm

I'm thinking of doing Cnoc Coinnich as part of a circuit including Ben Donich and the Brack, possibly taking a bus from Lochgoilhead to the Rest And Be Thankful and going round clockwise. It is a rare opportunity to bag three Corbetts in a day! More importantly, perhaps, is that the route avoids the "motorway"!
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby Jaxter » Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:27 pm

Yorjick wrote:I'm thinking of doing Cnoc Coinnich as part of a circuit including Ben Donich and the Brack, possibly taking a bus from Lochgoilhead to the Rest And Be Thankful and going round clockwise. It is a rare opportunity to bag three Corbetts in a day! More importantly, perhaps, is that the route avoids the "motorway"!

I nearly did that by accident :shock: :shock: Classic "too wet and cold to bother with the map" error :lol:

I ended up coming down the motorway, was a bit of a downer on the day and difficult to walk on too! :?

Good to see what the views are like though :D
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby The Rodmiester » Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:37 pm

Yorjick wrote:I'm thinking of doing Cnoc Coinnich as part of a circuit including Ben Donich and the Brack, possibly taking a bus from Lochgoilhead to the Rest And Be Thankful and going round clockwise. It is a rare opportunity to bag three Corbetts in a day! More importantly, perhaps, is that the route avoids the "motorway"!


Good thinking that man, had this been a Corbett last year I would have done just that, a fine threesome right enough, should make a fine day out, and no boot cleaning required at the end of it :lol:
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby malky_c » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:32 pm

Nice hill - I think the best circuit is to start in Lochgilphead and do all 3 Corbetts - bit of a drive around though.

The track is a bit of a mess :shock: . I was down that way a couple of times in 2015, and it was severely washed out with massive ravines down the middle, so it was probably about time for it to be repaired to be fair. But it does look rather brutal. Don't know if that is just down to the large amount of snowmelt just after it was laid.

Here's how it looked before (not my photo):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105280606 ... 377745120/
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby PeteR » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:33 pm

That track is unrecogniseable from the track I walked along back in August Rod :shock:

A great hill though, once you get away from that mess. Looks good with some snow on it too, by the looks of it. Was a wet, claggy day when I was up there last year.
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby Yorjick » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:49 pm

malky_c wrote:Nice hill - I think the best circuit is to start in Lochgilphead and do all 3 Corbetts - bit of a drive around though.


Malky_c - You are a hillwalking superman! Lochgilphead is miles away! Presumably you would include a swim across Loch Fyne and traverse the Grahams Beinn Lochan and Cruach nam Mult on the way! :lol:

Just an average day for you?! :crazy:

Starting from Lochgoilhead would be enough for mortals like me!
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby pollyh33 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:21 pm

Great photos Rod. Fab to see people on the hills in short sleeves! 8) 8)

I'm pretty sure that track is even worse than when I was along it in January this year :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby malky_c » Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:16 am

Yorjick wrote:
malky_c wrote:Nice hill - I think the best circuit is to start in Lochgilphead and do all 3 Corbetts - bit of a drive around though.


Malky_c - You are a hillwalking superman! Lochgilphead is miles away! Presumably you would include a swim across Loch Fyne and traverse the Grahams Beinn Lochan and Cruach nam Mult on the way! :lol:

Just an average day for you?! :crazy:

Starting from Lochgoilhead would be enough for mortals like me!


At least you knew what I meant :lol: . I do get my Goils and Gilps mixed up easily!
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:52 pm

Jaxter wrote:
Yorjick wrote:I'm thinking of doing Cnoc Coinnich as part of a circuit including Ben Donich and the Brack, possibly taking a bus from Lochgoilhead to the Rest And Be Thankful and going round clockwise. It is a rare opportunity to bag three Corbetts in a day! More importantly, perhaps, is that the route avoids the "motorway"!

I nearly did that by accident :shock: :shock: Classic "too wet and cold to bother with the map" error :lol:

I ended up coming down the motorway, was a bit of a downer on the day and difficult to walk on too! :?

Good to see what the views are like though :D


Coming down the very soft motorway, good for the joints and feet, but boots and lower legs were a total mess, a good hose down was required :(
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:38 am

malky_c wrote:Nice hill - I think the best circuit is to start in Lochgilphead and do all 3 Corbetts - bit of a drive around though.

The track is a bit of a mess :shock: . I was down that way a couple of times in 2015, and it was severely washed out with massive ravines down the middle, so it was probably about time for it to be repaired to be fair. But it does look rather brutal. Don't know if that is just down to the large amount of snowmelt just after it was laid.

Here's how it looked before (not my photo):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105280606 ... 377745120/


That's some difference there malky_c think I prefer the original though, ta for posting. Nice meeting you at the Dundee Quiz :) :)
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:35 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Great photos Rod. Fab to see people on the hills in short sleeves! 8) 8)

I'm pretty sure that track is even worse than when I was along it in January this year :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

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Bit of a messy quagmire Polly, not nice at all, cannot believe the LLTNP allows this to happen :crazy:
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby malky_c » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:41 pm

The Rodmiester wrote:
malky_c wrote:Nice hill - I think the best circuit is to start in Lochgilphead and do all 3 Corbetts - bit of a drive around though.

The track is a bit of a mess :shock: . I was down that way a couple of times in 2015, and it was severely washed out with massive ravines down the middle, so it was probably about time for it to be repaired to be fair. But it does look rather brutal. Don't know if that is just down to the large amount of snowmelt just after it was laid.

Here's how it looked before (not my photo):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105280606 ... 377745120/


That's some difference there malky_c think I prefer the original though, ta for posting. Nice meeting you at the Dundee Quiz :) :)


Yep, I think they could just have sorted the drainage and fixed a couple of holes - no need for all of that. Good to see you at the quiz :)
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Re: Cnoc Coinnich, no wild camping but build a motorway, no

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:12 am

PeteR wrote:That track is unrecogniseable from the track I walked along back in August Rod :shock:

A great hill though, once you get away from that mess. Looks good with some snow on it too, by the looks of it. Was a wet, claggy day when I was up there last year.

Hi there Pete, not a pretty sight, but I have informed the relevant people so I guess its just a matter of 'Watch this Space' iTs just a pity others in Authority are closing a blind eye :(
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