Sunny Day in Cromdale - Blonde, Brunette and Ginge

Route: Creagan a' Chaise, Cromdale Hills

Grahams: Creagan a'Chaise

Date walked: 18/04/2015

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 16km

As we knew we have a long weekend available, we planned this walk in advance. We were slightly put off by the snow in higher mountains, so, as inexperienced walkers, we decided to walk up a smaller hill. Cromdale is just 45 min away from Elgin, where we stay, so decided to go for the Cromdale Hills.

Not many reports on this one, such a shame, because it is definitelly a route worth taking. Great views on many summits in the area and even further, amazing view on Spey valley and quite an easy walk, despite lack of good paths.
But let me begin from the start
We got up earlier on saturday, took Ellie dog and drove to Cromdale. Turning left, just before the lights and little bridge in Cromdale, the single track road led us to the bottom of the hills. We left the car before Wester Rynaballoch, just pass the small patch of trees and just beside some forestry work area. Luckily, on Saturday, no works were in progress.

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Left the car on the side of the road and continued along a part of Speyside Way

We walked back through the trees. There was a little cottage on the right, we turned left , pass the big gate onto a wide, farm track.

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there was a small cottage on the right, we turned left to the country track

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there was a small forest on the left, plenty rabbits and two young hares crossed our track, frightened by Ellie Dog

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farm track was well maintained and dry (yet), thanks to frosty and sunny morning it was fine to walk

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we were looking on the path ahead of us - looked quite steep:)

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We reached the point where the main path started heading down, encircling the Claggersnich Wood. We had to head up the almost pathless bit.

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Finally made it to first Cairn - time for coffee/tea and a treat for the doggy

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Ellie lead us towards the summit. She got into almost every single muddy puddle.

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nice view on Ben Rinnes

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we looked down on the Cairn when we headed up

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finally made it

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View over Cairngorms from the summit 722m

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we enjoyed our lunch on the summit, had bacon sandwiches and sunbathed for a while before heading down.

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lovely view when we were walking down

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great to see the car again

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Activity: Hill Bagger
Place: Highlands
Gear: coffee
Ideal day out: The one that will provide with relax, excitement and good weather

Munros: 132
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 2
Sub 2000: 5

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Trips: 1
Distance: 16 km
Grahams: 1

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