This can’t be bettered.
With Warren and Andy T. Biking in from Linn of Dee to Derry Lodge. Then running/walking via Devils Point, Loch nan Stuirteag, Wells of Dee, Braeriach, back via An Garbh Choire and Lairig Ghru, leaving Warren to take in Lochan Uaine and stop over night at Corrour.
The pictures tell the story. Wow.
Loch nan Stuirteag
Heading up Braeriach
Wells of Dee
..and that view
An Garbh Choire
Back down the Lairig
..to Derry Lodge
With our Calum from Inverey on the bikes via Colonels Bed (cp17)to Altanour Lodge (cp16) for a fairly impromptu hill day. Carrying bivvying stuff in case of “opportunities”. Hard work..
Dumped the bikes and kept up a very decent pace up the first hill and onwards not seeing a soul from start to finish. Pretty windy and very chilly at times with intermittent cloud on the tops. Huge numbers of deer and quite a few hares about.
Carn Bhac: 1.08
Beinn Iutharn Mhor: 2.17 (cp15)
Carn an Righ: 3.15
Glas Tulaichean: 4.13
An Socach: 5.32
Decided against a bivvy in the end.
Didnt seem like as much downhill once back on the bikes as it should have!
Walked up Creag Ghiubhais with Trish. A smashing little hill.
Straight up from the road though the bilberries and heather and over the boulder field to the lovely old pine forest on the top. Great views through the trees too. Then back down the western heathery slopes to the track that circumnavigates the hill.
From Finzean sawmill with Calum and Kirsty.
Sunny intervals day. Nice temperatures for a good hill run.
Up the Peter Hill track and along the top to cp81 – Baudnacauner. Grouse shooting going on somewhere southwards. Then down the long spur, bounding through the deep purple heather, startling all the hares, down to cp82 and the Lairds Burn ford.
Short return along the road to the sawmill.
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.
With Ben, Tracey and Chris from pretty much Bridge of Gairn up the track via Abergairn – great Lochnagar views – rejoining the road to Lary. Then we followed the landrover track up to Morven Lodge (cp52).
A lengthy stop and one of Ben’s toffees in the sunshine before retracing steps back to the track heading up Peter’s Hill. Took this up a beast of a steep climb but more great views from the top. Easy run from there to the top of Candacraig (cp53) before dropping back down SE through less easy tussocky grass to hit the track. From there joined the outward track and headed back to the layby.
Really nice social run.
Bike to Derry Lodge then walk / run over Derry Cairngorm and down to cp12 at Loch Etchachan before heading up Beinn Mheadoin. Then back to Derry Lodge via Glen Derry. With Andy T but met Sarah D on both summits. Fabulous Cairngorm day.
Interesting side story. Met a Dane out running near Etchachan. Met him again on the track back out from Derry Lodge later on. By that time he’d been out for a very impressive 50km from Badaguish and over some very significant tops. He was heading to Linn of Dee to look for a lift back to Aviemore. We took him to the road junction near Ballater. Hope he made it home!
Kirsty and I ran from West Knockhill Cottage and the new car park, which I hadn’t seen before. Same old badly eroded track high up and blowing a real Aberdeenshire hooley today. Didn’t stop on the top for that reason but headed straight over the other side and all the way down to the single track which eventually joins the main forest track and heads all the way to the Bridge of Bogendreip.
Nice point to point route that reduces the time on the grotty track on the normal uphill route. 15k and 380m of climb or so.
Up the track from Craiglash quarry then wandered about in the higher and nicest bits of Sluie woods enjoying the terrain. Visited the cairn a couple of times. The longer the bracken holds off the better!
From Corsedardar memorial on the wet paths to start with..they always seem to be so up here…then the forest tracks up to the Caper enclosure. Brilliant day on the top of Craig Lash and a bonus is that most of the higher heather is avoidable.
Back down to the wall; follow along it getting the feet wet and follow its line up Cory Beg. Again really short cropped heather. Took the landrover track down towards Lamship, branching off right on a very indistinct track that goes all the way to the summit cairn. A great day for views from these hills.
Headed north down the very rocky slope (in places) to the landrover track that twists and turns all the way to the Murley road turnoff. Decided to take in the top of Arntilly Wood on the way back to the car.