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Cairn William

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Cairn William
Date walked: 29/10/2020
Distance: 8.18km
Ascent: 443m
Views: 2


Sgor Mor

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Corbetts: Sgor Mor
Date walked: 15/10/2020
Distance: 20.75km
Ascent: 544m
Views: 3


Beinn a'Bhuird

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Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn a'Bhuird
Date walked: 29/09/2020
Distance: 28km
Ascent: 959m
Views: 12

Carn Bhac & Carn Liath circular

Munros: Carn Bhac

Date walked: 21/09/2020

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 22.9km

Ascent: 957m

This is my first trip report which diverged sufficiently from the WalkHighlands (WH) routes to make it a useful addition and so is readable to all. I did the route in a clockwise direction starting and finishing at the Inverey car park. Weather was fine, if not great for September in the Cairngorms. High cloud made visibility hazy in the long distance. The WH route planner gave:
Length: 14.2 miles 22.9 km
Ascent: +957m -962m
Naismith: 6h 10m
I took 7 1/2 hours but I always tend to be over the upper end of a WH estimate. Departed Inverey car park at around 10.30am, summitted Carn Bhac at 1.30pm and returned car park at 6.00pm with the usual summit stops and breathers.

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The first leg took me to the Auchelie farm ruins where you turn right and head west uphill through the ruins on a track. The track takes you all the way to the 731m spot height, where it fades and you are in to peat hags, some damp bog and further up - grass. This was not a difficult passage in the weather conditions I was experiencing and was common terrain at all "low" points along this route.
At the 777m saddle you can see a faint path heading west and uphill on the far side of the hags. Following animal tracks in the short grass I eventually came to a trodden path which takes you all the way to Carn Bhac summit and a wind shelter.
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Carn Bhac summit looking east

From the summit you can descend in a southerly direction following the WH route to Altanour Lodge and return via Glen Ey. My preferred route was to proceed west to Geal Charn on a trodden path.
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View towards Geal Charn from 920m cairn

Heading west towards Geal Charn you pass over a 920m summit from where you can choose to follow the WH route to Beinn Iutharn.
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Beinn a'Ghlo and Glen Tilt from Geal Charn

The views from Carn Bhac are expansive but hampered by the relatively flat summit. It is only when you advance over to Geal Charn that the view really opens up and you get the impression of being "on the tops" with great views every time you lift your head.
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Northern Cairngorms and Lairig Ghru from Geal Charn

The route north from Geal Charn to Carn Liath follows a line of summit and saddle spot heights along a stalkers path which disappears in and out of the hags but is easily passable.
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Route over to Carn Liath from Geal Charn

Once at Carn Liath and along the route to Carn na Loine, the views of the Cairngorms on your left are worth the effort.
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Cairn Toul and Braeriach from Carn Liath

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Ben Macdui from Carn Liath

Following the stalkers path down the hill from Carn na Loine and through the forest brings you out at Little Inverey, just west of the car park.
A nice walk mostly following stalkers paths and with a munro to bag as an extra, great views down towards Glen Tilt, up the Geldie Burn and over towards Glen Dee. Recommended for anyone who does not have an overriding need to "bag".

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Creag An Dail Bheag

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Creag an Dail Bheag
Date walked: 15/09/2020
Distance: 19.9km
Ascent: 796m
Views: 11


Cairn William

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Cairn William
Date walked: 04/09/2020
Distance: 8.05km
Ascent: 412m
Views: 16


Brown Cow Hill

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Brown Cow Hill
Date walked: 01/09/2020
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 575m
Views: 20


Benaquhallie

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Benaquhallie
Date walked: 26/08/2020
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 455m
Views: 19


Paradise Cottage

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 06/08/2020
Distance: 6.58km
Ascent: 238m
Views: 26


Osprey Watch #3

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 04/08/2020
Distance: 6.74km
Ascent: 274m
Views: 31

Richard Martin


Activity: Walker




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Statistics

2020

Trips: 29
Distance: 343.43 km
Ascent: 12339m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 3
Sub2000s: 5

2019

Trips: 27
Distance: 429.71 km
Ascent: 17241m
Munros: 20
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 5

2018

Trips: 3
Distance: 39.7 km
Ascent: 1585m
Sub2000s: 2


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