It's not that Little

Corbetts: Little Wyvis

Date walked: 27/09/2019

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 10km

Ascent: 692m

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Day Two of the slow road from Orkney to Skye.

Having had immense fun on my first Graham (Beinn Dhorain) and a lot less fun on the sub-2000ft Meall Dola, I edged a wee bit further west the next day, eventually deciding over a long breakfast to head up my first Corbett Little Wyvis which has a nice track to the top - after all the sodden shenanigans of the day before that would make a fine change.

I got to the car park at Silverbridge around 11am and spent five minutes wondering if I should press on and tackle Ben Wyvis instead, but basically I chickened out, not sure if my legs were ready even for a straightforward Munro.

I set off over the bridge past the falls and over the (very busy) road, walking up the driveway to where a sign on the gate set me on the track which should have taken me all the way to the top. WH describes the track as "bulldozed", but I think it's fair to say there are bulldozed tracks and bulldozed tracks - this one was just grand.

Silverbridge Falls. A grand start.

Just squeeze around the gatepost

Disused stables near the start

Or maybe not that disused.

Zoomed over to the Fannichs

Looking west

It's a lovely walk, but straightforward and pretty uneventful so I spent a good while daydreaming about all sorts - not least why I've never been able to do that fingers-in-the-mouth whistling thing (any tips welcome) - so map-checking was the furthest thing from my mind and I realised after a bit that I was walking around the hill, not up it. :roll:

I took a belated squint at the map and realised I could press on to the end of the track and then take my chances heading steeply up the side of the hill. The track was pretty soggy by the end, but the slopes weren't too bad at all and picking out a reasonably dry route up proved easy enough.

Wrong track

Getting muddier, but a way up the hill is fairly easy to pick out

Looking back down, south east

After about 30 minutes I regained the track and - sweating nicely - strolled up to the summit to chat with a couple from London who had been "stalked off" their planned walk in Strathcarron. Views from the top were good, with just enough cloud to add a little atmosphere.

Little Wyvis summit looking west

Little Wyvis summit looking towards "big brother" Ben Wyvis

Looking east to the rigs in the Cromarty Firth

With the weather starting to look threatening to the west, I headed down after 20 minutes at the top, sticking to the track this time, getting back to the car just as the first spots of rain appeared.

Heading down

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Comments: 2

A wild and lonely start to the Grahams

Attachment(s) Grahams: Beinn Dhorain
Sub 2000s: Meall Dola
Date walked: 26/09/2019
Distance: 4.5km
Ascent: 387m
Comments: 3
Views: 251

(Almost) lost in a forest, all alone

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Tom nam Fitheach
Date walked: 12/05/2019
Distance: 6.56km
Ascent: 318m
Comments: 1
Views: 338

Maximum bang for your hillwalking buck

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: S Airde Beinn
Date walked: 12/05/2019
Distance: 3.2km
Ascent: 138m
Views: 288

Early morning Northern delights

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Braigh na h-Eaglaise
Date walked: 10/05/2019
Distance: 3.72km
Ascent: 246m
Views: 168

Middling fun on Mainland's Mid Tooin

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Milldoe (Mid Tooin)
Date walked: 09/05/2019
Distance: 5.16km
Ascent: 122m
Views: 170

Dundreich - On The Buses

Attachment(s) Donalds: Dundreich
Date walked: 02/02/2019
Distance: 9.29km
Comments: 2
Views: 785

Fitty Hill circuit

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Fitty Hill
Date walked: 18/11/2018
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 181m
Views: 303

Misplaced optimism on Meall Chuaich

Attachment(s) Munros: Meall Chuaich
Date walked: 04/10/2018
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 614m
Comments: 1
Views: 346

Castle Burrian, Bay of Tafts and between.

Attachment(s) Date walked: 06/08/2018
Distance: 5.5km
Views: 170


Location: Westray, Orkney
Activity: Walker
Place: Westray
Ambition: Finish Orkney's Marilyns

Munros: 3
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 4
Hewitts: 2
Sub 2000: 30
Islands: 18
Long Distance routes: West Highland Way   

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Distance: 42.43 km
Ascent: 1903m
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Donalds: 1
Sub2000s: 5


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Ascent: 1526m
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