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Four cairns en route to the Big Cairn with summit else.

Route: Ladder Hills: Càrn Mòr from Chapeltown

Corbetts: Càrn Mòr (Ladder Hills)

Date walked: 30/07/2022

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 14.5km

Ascent: 519m

Heading up to Tomintoul for a wee stay and get some hills done. On my day of arrival I opted for Carn Mor from Chapeltown of Glen Livet taking a chance that at 11am there would be a parking space available. There was only one other car in the parking area when I arrived. I think this hill benefits from having another starting point from the Bridge of Lecht which I believe is shorter but might not be as interesting.

The start of the walk is on a good track all the way to Ladderfoot.

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The view back to the farm and Braeval distillery.


The track goes through some nice farmland and just short of Ladderfoot the Ladder Burn is crossed over stepping stones. My notes state a footbridge could be used but I could not find it.

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The stepping stones across the Ladder Burn.


It wasn't too long along the path and I noticed a ruler in the burn. The water was nice and low today below the 1 mark making the crossing easy, however I did note that the ruler goes up to 9. Perhaps that is why there is no longer a bridge.

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Soon the ATV track disappears and there is an obvious path to follow out of the glen.

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Some sheepars to guide me on my way.


It was a pleasant ascent up out of the glen.

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The view back down the glen high above the Ladder Burn.


Once out of the glen and on the bealach there are two cairns seen off to the left. There are also a couple of paths heading in the opposite direction. I found that they were taking you away from the peat hagg ahead and so I made a bee-line for the peat hagg as the guide notes stated there was no way of avoiding this.

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The peat haggs of the ascent.


The recent good weather made the traverse of the peat hagg relatively straightforward leaving only bootprints behind.

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Then it was onto the summit of the big cairn - Carn Mor. Somehow I felt short changed as all I could find was a trig point.

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The track off the summit was execellent although it did head off in the direction of Bridge of Lecht so care was needed to make sure I headed off towards the correct peat hagg.

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The path heads off to the left however the route I was following was the peat hagg to the right which contours the summit of the hill on the left. Basically headed towards the torrs on Ben Avon.


Once across the peat hagg, which was smaller than the one on the ascent there is a fence line to be picked up heading north.

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There is an ATV track to the right of the fenceline. However I took my chances and stayed with the fenceline where I snaked my way through the fence. There were planks of wood to help with some of the wetter areas of the bog but there were no difficulties.

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The fenceline takes a sharp left and soon arrives at two cairns. It is at this point you start the descent down to the floor of the glen.

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The start of the descent. There is an ATV track cutting through the heather from the trees that I headed for.


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I soon picked up the ATV track which ran alongside some grouse butts and post with the top part painted white. Something to note from the 12th August if using this descent.


Once on the floor of the glen and after passing through a gate there is a small wooded area to the left and the remains at the Clash of Scalan. Soon after on the right is the Scalan itself. Well worth a wee detour and it is just over 1 mile back to the start

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The Clash of Scalan


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The Scalan

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Auld Bagger


Occupation: Retired
Activity: Mountain Walker
Mountain: Beinn Liath Mor
Place: Glen Shiel
Gear: Walking poles
Member: None
Camera: Olympus Tough
Ideal day out: A circular walk with a ridge and scramble.

Munros: 282
Corbetts: 110
Grahams: 4
Donalds: 15



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Statistics

2022

Trips: 8
Distance: 116.5 km
Ascent: 5740m
Corbetts: 8

2021

Trips: 4
Distance: 52.56 km
Ascent: 3555m
Corbetts: 4
Donalds: 3


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Last visited: Aug 15, 2022
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