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Creag nam Mial, a hill I was dreading, but turned out good.

Creag nam Mial, a hill I was dreading, but turned out good.


Postby The Rodmiester » Sun May 19, 2019 6:49 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Creag nam Mial

Date walked: 17/05/2019

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 529m

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There were three WH reports for this hill, one starting from the West and the other two incorporating Deuchary Hill and starting from the South. These reports also suggested there were fences to climb. I had purposely left this hill for after a dry spell as i didn't fancy heather bashing in wet soggy conditions. I certainly did not fancy the very long walk in from the Dunkeld side and had decided that as I was coming from the East coast I should try and find another approach, so after studying the OS map I made the decision to travel to Alyth, Rattray then turn off at the Bridge of Cally and travel on the A294 until a small parking area opposite a cottage at the start of a private road to Pitcarmick House.
The first section is on a tarmacadam surfaced road but soon turns into a metalled road just after the entrance to Pitcarmick house. Pass over another bridge and head towards the outbuildings of Pitcarmick and head off right towards a field where the track takes you adjacent to a tree plantation and onto the open hillside, this track makes for easy walkng with a nice grassy middle section most of the way, until you come to Pitcarmick Loch where you head South up the lower slopes of Creag nam Mial on an ATV track, with not a lot of deep heather to trudge through, some grassy sections and some burnt sections with NO fences to climb, and also you get to look at the very tall cairn on the North top, not the summit but a good view point non the less.

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Parking area on the opposite side of the road from the cottage at the end of the private road
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Private road to Pitcarmick House
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View down river from bridge
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Just beyond river a tree lined avenue
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Turn right over bridge signposted Cateran Trail
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Heading right before the farm outbuildings, track leads to grassy field the turns left as soon you pass through gate
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Looking back from track
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Further up the track looking back
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Time for a wee break, fluid intake required, its over twenty degrees, getting hot.
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Heading towards Pitcarmick Loch
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Loch comes into view. Nice walking on easy gradient track, dry and reasonably soft underfoot conditions
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Heading down towards Loch with ATV track on lower slopes in the distance
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Boat House
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Looking back from ATV track
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ATV track with Sub2 on the left, at this point you can identify the huge cairn on the North top
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Now off track with a bit of heather bashing required but nothing too bad.
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Sub2 in view
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North summit cairn
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Actual summit cairn from the North summit
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North summit with Loch of the Lowes and Newtyle hill in the distance
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Loch of the Lowes and Newtyle Hill in the distance
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From summit cairn to high point near wall, measured at 1.5 m lower than summit
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View from the boathouse with the Sub2 in the distance. I can highly recommend this route, it may not be the quickest but it definately has good underfoot conditions most of the way. Although we took five hours on the hill, we were taking it easy with many stops for food and photo opportunities, it should only take between four hours and four and a half hours. A really nice walk in with plenty to see en route, enjoy this wee fella tucked away, and miss the hoards of folk from the Dunkeld side, we never saw another soul all day.
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Re: Creag nam Mial, a hill I was dreading, but turned out go

Postby inca » Sun May 19, 2019 9:15 pm

Been meaning to write up this hill on that very route for ages. You've beaten me to it. I found the last 1k through the heather tough. Otherwise it's an excellent way of doing it - totally agree 👍
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Re: Creag nam Mial, a hill I was dreading, but turned out go

Postby PeteR » Sun May 19, 2019 9:19 pm

Nice one Rod. This is the only hill I have left in the area and thus far it hadn't looked that enticing. Your route looks good, especially given it looks like there's parking available and the route is on a track for a fair way too.
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Re: Creag nam Mial, a hill I was dreading, but turned out go

Postby Graeme D » Sun May 19, 2019 9:28 pm

I still have a wee stash of coal and wood between this hill and the boat house! Did you find it???? :lol:
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Re: Creag nam Mial, a hill I was dreading, but turned out go

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun May 19, 2019 9:36 pm

inca wrote:Been meaning to write up this hill on that very route for ages. You've beaten me to it. I found the last 1k through the heather tough. Otherwise it's an excellent way of doing it - totally agree 👍


👍😁😁 I kept this one on my to do list for a very long time, but did not fancy tackling the long tracks from Dunkeld, nor did I fancy leaving the car parked all day in the big car park. Good on you for sussing this route out, I'm well pleased I did it from where I did, even the track was pleasant walking, but it was a very nice day last Friday.
I look forward to seeing your report👍😁
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Re: Creag nam Mial, a hill I was dreading, but turned out go

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon May 20, 2019 9:59 am

PeteR wrote:Nice one Rod. This is the only hill I have left in the area and thus far it hadn't looked that enticing. Your route looks good, especially given it looks like there's parking available and the route is on a track for a fair way too.


I agree totally Pete, not at all enticing, but it really was a very nice surprise, I think you will really enjoy this walk, it's a PeteR type of walk if I'm not mistaken👍😀
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Re: Creag nam Mial, a hill I was dreading, but turned out go

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon May 20, 2019 7:20 pm

Graeme D wrote:I still have a wee stash of coal and wood between this hill and the boat house! Did you find it???? :lol:


Naw, Graeme, but I doubt very much the ATV track was there when you did it, I note that you were the first WH to top out on this one👍🥃
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