Ben Avon & Beinn a'Bhuird on a glorious May Saturday

Date walked: 29/05/2018

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 36km

The trip started with an early morning drive from Aberdeen to Braemar. We had the Bikes on the back of the car ready for a fun day.
We set off from the car park at the Invercauld estate just before 09:00. The cycle in through the maze of different paths seemed endless. The sweat ended up washing the sun cream off by 10:00.
The relentless gradient was horrific on the way up, but we knew that the bikes would be great on the home route.
We left the bikes close to the ruins, not knowing that we could take them further, got changed into the walking boots and started the hike.
A glorious walk through the Glen taking in the openness of the area and the cornices still hanging over the corries. Crossing the river was a breeze, however it wouldn't be easy if there was more water.
Up towards the Sneck we went, fairly easy going following the footsteps across the remaining snow fields.
We'd had it fairly easy going until now, then the gradient increased up towards Ben Avon we went.
Mercifully the gradient eased, giving great views across the Cairngorms and the granite tors in the area, Once a hive of volcanic activity. The Scramble to the summit gave a great sense of achievement.
Lunch was a welcome break from the hike.
Back down towards the Sneck is a knee killer, being dry, the ground was loose and could give way. We made it with some of our knees intact.
the walk to Benin a'Bhuird started off with a steep ascent, then an uneventful gentle walk to the summit, which is further back than you think.
We took a detour to the South on the return to the Sneck in order to avoid gaining unescessary height, this took us back to the Sneck where the win d had increased significantly.
We made our way back the same way we came up.
This is when the bikes would have saved us more hours, if only we knew. However, a sunbathing snake gave us some excitment on the long walk back towards the bikes.
Sunbathing Snake

Upon reaching the bikes we took on needed fluids then set off back to the car, the path was loose.
What took us and hour on the way in took around 15 minutes, a saviour.

Couldn't have asked for better weather, a walk I am glad I have done and glad I don't need to revisit.

Take a bike, take it further that the ruins!

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