Ardchullarie work progresses and I was surprised to see two sets of gates being built. The first one already has large wooden gates. From the car park there is now a nice little path built beside the burn and it feels like it has been sited to keep you out of sight of anyone from the house. The path surface is soft however and is already showing signs of being washed away. At the refurbished shed it finally stops and it is back to worn path. Now a large deer fence is encountered, but this has been built to the right of the original fence line and so there is now more space to walk up to the crossing of the burn itself. No longer is it necessary to walk up beside the dyke basically in a ditch. A new route is being worn in. From here on to the top, the route is as usual. Frozen ground where the path leaves the right of way made getting to the climb up the hill easier. Frozen snow and ice on the lower slopes had to be avoided. Patches of snow higher up were easier to avoid but eventually the path was pretty much covered by snow till the top of Beinn Each.
Ben Ledi and Benvane by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
Balquhidder Munros by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
Stuc a'Chroin from Beinn Each by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
Windy and cold in the shade, but a better jacket this time. I didn't feel the need to put my spikes on going up, but after taking photos and having a quick bite in some shelter at the top I put them on and going back down was a joy, no worries, safe footing all the way to the final drop to the right of way where I pulled them off.
Back at the car park three hours later. My fitbit said I walked 8.5km. Nice little route mapped too. I sat in the car and finished my lunch before driving home.
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