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Nae path fae Mullach
by dektasker » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:57 am
Route description: Mullach Clach a' Bhlair
Munros included on this walk: Mullach Clach a'Bhlair
Date walked: 19/09/2017
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 22.5 km
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The added bonus is passing the Ruigh Aiteachain bothy. (This refurbishment is looking very good and someone working on the exterior did say it might be finished in a few weeks). I have thought about staying at the bothy and completing Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mor.
While there is a fairly decent path till you get to Creag na Gaibhre and from here south west is now completely overgrown. No well engineered and slightly overgrown path. I met another walkhighland walker called Harris who was more than a little bit upset. Harris and his wife had thought to do the route in reverse as it looked less steep than Coire Caol. It was a very hard slog through the heather, boulders and other steep obstacles.
The good news for Harris (this was his route down) and other walkers is the path up Coire Caol is excellent and though a bit steep, one of the best paths I have walked up to a Munro.
I did wonder why you have to now sign a disclaimer when you download a gpx from the walkhighland site. Suppose things change and it is hard to keep all the routes up to date. If you are planning on doing this route, then stay clear of the south west walk off. It will be trickier than you plan.
by BoyVertiginous » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:53 pm
by jmarkb » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:35 pm
Recent reports on this site and others do suggest the path is still there, but indeed overgrown. I think the problem is that once you get into the deep heather, it is very hard to re-find it once you lose it, as it can be invisible from only a few yards away.
BoyVertiginous wrote: I think that route might be known locally/historically as the Fox Pass?
You are maybe thinking of the Foxhunter's Path which is the one from Achlean up on to Carn Ban Mor.
by Coop » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:29 pm
"Conditions on the ground will dictate the battle and all my good plans may go out the window when we land "
by gaffr » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:28 am
Talk of troops in the previous Post maybe some of the 1000's of WH folks could go by way of the path? Use it or lose it.
- This summer when up the Glen.
Starts just 50 metres or so above the RA toilet block when heading up the Glen.
Image is when looking down the path to where the start is just after the big dog-leg in the path.
by Paul Webster » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:16 am
I did wonder why you have to now sign a disclaimer when you download a gpx from the walkhighland site.
Not specific to this route, this page was added a few months ago at the request of Police Scotland, to try to further emphasise the message that people need to know how to navigate and read a map themselves to go hillwalking.
by rodderss » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:02 pm
The description of the return route in the circular walk.
Well engineered and slightly overgrown.
severely overgrown, narrow , slippy and completely disappears in a jungle at one point when traversing through the woodland.
At that point my wife threw a wobbler and cut straight down to the path that could be seen well below,
Now that was interesting, almost vertical at one point, you had to slide down holding on to the roots of heather.
Thought I had lost the dog , she never goes far from me but she disappeared in the undergrowth it was so overgrown
Saying that makes it a much better day out than just going back the land rover track..much laughter and banter whilst everyone fell on backsides numerous times.and the views of glenfeshie are breathtaking on this way down.
Use it or lose it gaffr it's well lost
by gaffr » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:26 pm
Maybe we should suggest that all the folks that are so keen on multiple ascents of the Munros are encouraged to do Mullach both up and down on this treasured wee path.