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Beinn Bhuidhe utilising the new Hydro track

Beinn Bhuidhe utilising the new Hydro track


Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:40 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Bhuidhe

Date walked: 21/08/2019

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 24 km

Ascent: 1150m

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After yesterdays outing I was raring to get out again, I was feeling fine but was going to have to use my old Salomon boots which are anything but waterproof. I was well prepared to get wet feet as I know there is a proper bogfest once you reach the top of the glen, no matter how carefully I picked my way across the bog I couldn't avoid getting wet feet.
As we were planning to use our bikes, Parminder offered to drive and attached his fancy bike carrying contraption onto the boot of his Beemer. For anyone who hasn't tackled Beinn Bhuidhe a bike will save about an hour or 6km each way of walking.

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Parminder nearly ready

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Out of the car park, turn right

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Over the River Fyne

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Then turn left, unlike Parminder who for some reason went right. Note the puddles, wet feet on the menu

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The hydro track on the left would be our descent route

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Took a wee video on my phone whilst cycling, looks like I am going quite fast but we weren't

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There is a helicopter through the trees - if you look very carefully

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Tarmac road turns into a track with puddles

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The hydro pipes coming down the hillside, we presumed the helicopter was used to ferry workers up & down the hill

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The bike park, there were 6 bikes attached before we arrived

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The reason for the bike park, locked gate and a kissing gate

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Parminder marching ahead

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The way ahead

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Inverchorachan, nearly time to turn left and start the uphill bit

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Time to battle the bracken

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Parminder revelling in tackling the bracken

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Nice waterfall, wasn't going off the path to get a closer photo

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Water feature, one of many

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Looking back along the glen, the way we came. Plenty of forestry work already happened

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Bracken is now history, the path uphill is easy to follow

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Time for the rain showers, not only were we wet on the outside it was also very humid

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Looking back

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Won't be long before we will be in the cloud

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Looking back from slightly higher up

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One for the lovers of clouds

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At the top of the glen the hydro track is reached, we would head down that way later

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Parminder contemplating following the track, badly eroded and only ATV's would be able to continue

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Looking down on the first bit of bogginess, the track can be seen in the distance

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It looks boggy & it was

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Bog now behind us, a bit of serious ascending

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Could have been a great view

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Follow the obvious path slightly uphill to the summit

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Parminder hoping his camera was going to work on the summit - first and only appearance

On the summit we had a chat with 3 other guys, one of them Tam would join us for the descent. He had left Glasgow at 6am on the "weekly" bus and his return bus was about 6pm, so he was going have a few hours to relax. Tam had walked all the way in and ascended via the usual downward route. The descent down the hydro track was ideal for him, however we had to walk a couple of miles back along the road/track to fetch our bikes. Anyone who is contemplating using the track with bikes take note.

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Going down now

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We continued down to the cairn turned right and retraced our steps

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Our descent route

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A raging torrent keeps us company for a good part of the descent

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Looking north

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Our way down

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Plenty of water coming downhill

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Work in progress, new reservoir being dug?

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View of the work from the other side

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New reservoir

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Looking back to our start and Loch Fyne

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Love this

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This is where the hydro track joins the road

After the trudge back on foot to get our bikes, it was a joy to freewheel along the road.
A huge thanks to Parminder for driving and his banter and to Tam for his company on the descent, hopefully you didn't miss your bus. Just managed to finish this report in time as we are off out again tomorrow - it is tough being retired!!
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Re: Beinn Bhuidhe utilising the new Hydro track

Postby parminder » Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:53 am

Thanks FF for another great script of the day out.. :clap:
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Re: Beinn Bhuidhe utilising the new Hydro track

Postby scotsmist » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:09 pm

Cheers for sharing your walk with us :)
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