Tuesday 20 th October. Ran from the Linn of Dee car park to the Chest of Dee,a very pleasant run to complete my 50 th challenge point. Jane.
Cycled in from Linn of Dee to White Bridge and then on northwards past the Chest of Dee as far as sensible. Autumn colours at the Chest were gorgeous. After abandoning the bikes it was a long slog up onto Beinn Bhrotain. Plenty of stags roaring and a few ptarmigan higher up, but not much other wildlife. Cloud came in a bit on the summit and the wind definitely had an autumnal feel to it. Found a better line on the descent, sticking to the high ground to avoid the bogs. Then a quick whizz back on the bikes. It was going to be too late for the Bothy so a promise of chips was made instead, but sadly the Hungry Highlander let us down. Co-op saved the day with chocolate cake to get us back to Ballater.
That’s me reached enough cps to claim my mug.
Sat 19th Sept
Starting with a 11.5k cycle from Linn of Dee carpark up Allt an t-Seilich, with a brief stop at Bynack Lodge. Fun cycle up towards the watershed.
Changed to running shoes and off up to Coire na Creige, passing Loch Tilt on the way. Interesting to see there is only 1 contour line stopping Loch Tilt drain towards the Dee. Surprised a heard of red deer on the way up.
Descent across the marshy ground on the outlet of Glen Tilt, then down a gully and across the glen to go up to Sron a Bhoididh. Good view north to Lairig Ghru. Quick descent and back to the bike, for an even more fun ride back to White Bridge and a divert to see the Chest of Dee.
32k total in about 5 hours, including 8k on foot.
Have taken a backseat from the cps over the past couple of months, but a chance child-free weekend, and a friend in pursuit of a couple of Cairngorm Munros, made a good opportunity to visit some of the more remote points.
We cycled in from Linn of Dee to White Bridge and then up Glen Dee past the Chest of Dee to level with a small plantation. Here we changed to foot and headed up the first hill Beinn Bhrotain. We then traversed Monadh Mor before dropping down to Loch nan Stuirteag. From here it was a slog up the shoulder of Braeriach in worsening mist, making finding the Wells of Dee a good navigational challenge. We continued on to the top before retracing our steps slightly and taking a direct route down into Garbh Chorie and the small Howff that was our home for the night. A pretty basic lodging we used the shelter for cooking away from the midges, but then retired to the tent for a sip of homemade Blackcurrent Gin.
The next morning was again thick mist, but the climb up to Lochan Uaine saw us rise above a stunning inversion filling the whole of the Lairig. We then climbed the NE ridge (quite a challenge for the dog at the top) which topped out directly onto the summit of Angels Peak. From here it was a lovely traverse of Cairn Toul and a quick detour to the Devils Point before dropping down to Corrour and the long trek back to the bikes in Glen Dee.
Big day (Sunday 16th August) with a whole lot of climb.
Bike to White Bridge from Linn of Dee.
Chest of Dee (cp11)
Beinn Bhrotain (cp4)
Loch nan Stuirteag (cp5)
Sgor an Lochain Uaine
Stob Coire an t-Saighdeir
Devils Point (cp 8)
And bike back.
5.30 run/walk, 45 bike.
Little sun but very windy and very clear.
Top day and very few folk about for a weekend. Done in by the end pretty much.
Taking advantage of the fine weather predicted, we set about tackling one of the most remote challenge points, Beinn Bhrotain.
Parked at Linn of Dee (no discount on the £2 parking even though toilets are out of order and you are directed to the nearest being in Braemar).
Cycled out to White Bridge and cp11 Chest of Dee. The track beyond this is cycleable but the drainage ditches are a real nuisance so we abandonned bikes and headed up the glen.
A track leads you up the Allt Garbh and although it fades out at times, you just follow the stream. Still snow lying higher up but melting and there are large stretches of wet ground to negotiate. A fine view however of how the snow melt blends together over large areas and feeds into the streams.
Its a long climb with a bit of a false summit to work around before the final stage.
Hailed as giving one of the best views up into the Cairngorms, its broad flat summit lives up to its reputation. We got a fine view over to the Glen Einnich route we had taken from Aviemore a couple of weeks ago to get Wells of Dee and Loch Stuirteag (just visible from Beinn Bhrotain in photo)
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Another 2 CP’s I had previously got to within a few mins of but didn’t get close enough to tick.
Once again opted for different routes and for cp2 chose to take the track from Inverbey parking and follow the Landrover track to Allt Christie Beag and then up to Gael Charn (878m). Here things went slightly awry in continued on to pt 920 on Carn Bhac, thinking this was just a well cairned Geal Charn. Headed down to Carn a Bhutha (907m) and was pretty confused. No sign of Loch Tilt and thought I was on Gael Charn. Headed down to west and was not making sense, and then mistake was added to mistake. I guess I headed to point 765, with still no sign of Loch Tilt. Back to basic map reading and realised I was west of Fealer Lodge. Question was down and back up Allt Garbh Buidhe or cot across direct. Opted for latter and was , shal I say good training and eventually got to Sron a’ Bhoididh. Down a steep slope to Alt an t Seilich and track to Bynack Lodge. Nice sunny pm so diverted off for a butchers at the Chest of Dee before heading back to van.
A good albeit harder than planned day.(1 more near miss to revisit)
Beautiful day on a small hill surrounded by big hills. Walked along the track from Linn of Dee to the White Bridge, then up to Chest of Dee. About 2km after this turned up the hill to Sgor Mor. Fantastic views of the Lairig Ghru and the Cairngorms. On the way back it’s best to stay high as long as possible, because the lower ground is very boggy. In the woods near the bottom of the hill there is an electric fence. If you follow our route exactly you will come to a gate (found entirely by accident). If you take any other route, you’ll probably get an electric shock. 16.3km with 490m of climbing. Took us 3hours 20.
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