I was on a camping weekend with my friend Jennifer and we woke up in the woods at Feshiebridge on the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail in Glen Feshie. We had done Sgor Gaoith the day before and were ready for another.
Good start to the morning
Without a two hour drive from Glasgow we made the ten minute drive to the car park at Achlean. It was Saturday so the car park was packed out so we had to park a little further back at the cattle grid. It was then around a twenty minute walk towards a very modern looking farmhouse. Before it there was a very neat sign saying ‘all routes this way’ – obviously a lot of wandering walkers in the past
Our target wasn’t on the list but we took the risk and headed this way anyway. Where we were didn’t quite add up with the route instructions (maybe we were supposed to approach the farm) but we seemed to be headed in the general direction anyway.
The rolling hills and forest
There was a gate to then enter the famous (to me anyway) Glen Feshie Estate. I was loving exploring this rewilding project over the weekend, worth checking out before heading out this way.
A burn was reached but it was very easy to cross:
There was then a long walk before any sort of climb up the way but the scenery was amazing, and we were back in the woods which I had loved going up Sgoar Gaoith before.
There was then a very steep bit down to another burn. A woman was behind me so I had the extra pressure on not to fall. This burn was also easy to cross but it was a warm July day.
This was a huge cut out of the landscape and there was loads of cool rocks
Lots of lovely forest - they're looking very organised!
It’s then a left to start climbing, on a track that’s quite steep.
This goes on for a fair bit and it’s clear to see what’s to be headed for:
Rain now down on where we'd came from - the track we'd taken can be seen on the right
This bit was hard going and different to many winding up and down paths up mountains. There was only one objective - keeping straight on and up.
Looking back down at where we'd came from
We got to the plateau and headed right a bit further along the track then off it to heard towards to the true summit. There was a man further up ahead and it wasn’t long until he had turned around and heading towards us so we knew it wasn’t far to go.
The last stretch
All of a sudden the clouds came out of nowhere and it was total white out! This hasn’t happened to me so quickly before so it was a bit of a surprise.
I was very aware that this was going to be an uninteresting summit view and cairn, and it seemed the cloud came along to make it even worse! But no matter! We saw this coming and knew it wasn't the bets part of the walk anyway.
Back down we went, with the rain coming down properly now. We felt a bit sorry for a chap heading up who still had to make it in the awful weather but he seemed happy enough.
Out came my poles – my knees have been suffering so badly recently, and they had felt okay today until it was heading down time. The left one was really complaining and I was wondering how I was going to manage with it. But it was a temper tantrum and thankfully it eased off!
There was a little path over to the right to look over the side.
Jennifer's shot of me heading back to the track showing the scale
Sun back out, and admiring the precious baby trees I loved over the weekend
Heading back down into the glen
It was a return the same way back but it was so nice on the way out I was looking forward to seeing it again.
Back into the lovely woods
It was now a lovely warm Saturday evening and there were loads of people heading in to camp in the glen. Our tents were still at Feshiebridge and we were tempted to move but it would have been too much. As a result we got a visit from these ladies!!!
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