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To cross the river or not cross the river!

To cross the river or not cross the river!


Postby PathfinderPaul » Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:38 pm

Route description: Beinn a' Bhuird

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Bhuird

Date walked: 04/08/2018

Time taken: 8.33 hours

Distance: 31.7 km

Ascent: 993m

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How to make a mistake from the carpark!!!! Yes like others we failed to spot the path going out of the back of the carpark and made for the river crossing :( Feet wet right from the start , as of course do to the storm in 2015 the bridge and road are no longer there. The bikes didn't quite make it accross :crazy:
ImageIMG_1521 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
After about half a mile we realised our error and returned to the river and went up the side we were on so we could cross the bridge by the "Punchbowl". This was a bonus as we might have missed this tourist attraction. Here are few shots, definitely worth a detour, of course you can easily do it from the correct route :wink:
ImageIMG_1528 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
ImageDSCF3022 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
ImageDSCF3024 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
ImageDSCF3027 by Paul Howard, on Flickr

This added about an hour to our day and as we cycled we saw other examples of the damage to the track due to the storm. However as we were in a drought it wasn't a problem and we made good time and didn't bother with the alternatives to the riverside.
ImageIMG_1546 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
In this next photo you can see where the 2015 storm has completely washed the track away.
ImageIMG_1547 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
When we got to the ford near the mountain, should we cross the river again???? we decided to cycle on, as the river was so shallow, & we wanted to save another half mile :D
ImageUntitled by Paul Howard, on Flickr
We soon were able to park the bikes at the end of the track as we reached the tree line.
ImageUntitled by Paul Howard, on Flickr It didn't take long to leave the trees behind and follow a good track.
ImageUntitled by Paul Howard, on Flickr
ImageUntitled by Paul Howard, on Flickr
We made good time and met up a couple of young Asian men who starting their first adventure in climbing a mountain :crazy: They had flown up from London to Inverness and then caught a bus to Braemar, camped overnight and had walked all the way to where we were (no bikes), they had little equipment :shock: We encouraged them as best we could, but they soon had to drop down to the stream to fill one of their only water bottles. We saw them in the distance on the way down.
As we got a bit higher we saw the lovely grasses which "Ponyexpress" insisted I photograph.
ImageUntitled by Paul Howard, on Flickr
By now we were well onto the plateau. Ponyexpress wanted a few shots of the sense of remoteness and wilderness you get up here.
ImageDSCF3039 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
ImageUntitled by Paul Howard, on Flickr
Here is a couple with Ben Avon in the distance.
ImageUntitled by Paul Howard, on Flickr
Ben Avon tantalising close , at least it appeared so, but we had bagged it a few days ago from the other valley, going up by the Sneck.
ImageDSCF3035 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
ImageUntitled by Paul Howard, on Flickr
ImageDSCF3034 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
And of course the Summit :D It might be more of a challenge to find in poor visibillity. :lol:
ImageDSCF3038 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
ImageDSCF3032 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
Some wonderful views on the way back down :D
ImageDSCF3048 by Paul Howard, on Flickr
Descending the plateau.
ImageUntitled by Paul Howard, on Flickr
Then a lovely ride out, with a lot of downhill, thanks for the bikes. As we were coming out we met this dad with his five year old son riding in for some wild camping. Dad was cooking bacon for their tea :lol:
ImageUntitled by Paul Howard, on Flickr
A great day out not spoiled by the detour :D
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Re: To cross the river or not cross the river!

Postby gaffr » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:39 am

Never been in this way an approach that looks unfriendly towards velo use. :) However very photogenic...nice images of the river area.
There are several other approaches where I have used my bike, for part of the way, to reach these hills. Three that I have used are from Tomintoul to the shelter and then up into the Garbh Choire….Via Gleann Slugain and by Clais Fhearnaig etc to get to Bhuird and Avon.
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Re: To cross the river or not cross the river!

Postby PathfinderPaul » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:19 am

I would certainly like to have tried the route in from Tomintoul, scenery would be awesome, but I've still got a few Munros to bag first :wink:
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Re: To cross the river or not cross the river!

Postby past my sell by date » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:30 pm

The summit is definitely difficult to find in poor weather, We were nearly 100m beyond when our altimeter told us we'd gone by. :lol: :lol: The Punchbowl is very similar to Glenorchy
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Re: To cross the river or not cross the river!

Postby PathfinderPaul » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:17 pm

We'll have to check out Glenorchy😀
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