Monday, July 18, 2011

Carn Mor

Whisky Country
Whisky Country. Looking down to Chapeltown and Glenlivet.

Ladder Hills Corbett..

Tuesday morning came and with it some promising weather. After some initial indecision, I decided to stay fairly local to save fuel and settled upon the Corbett of Carn Mor, some 30 miles from home. I picked Marshall up at 0930 and we were at the top of the Lecht and ready to go by 1030. Rather than taking the standard route on the north side of the Lecht passed the mine, we decided to start higher up and set of up the landrover track onto Little Corr Riabhach.

The going initially was very good but increasingly the short-clipped heather gave way to much deeper heather and an increasing amount of energy-sapping peat bogs. The sky was overcast but began to clear the further we went. There was lots of wildlife on the hill - hares, gulls and Golden Plover, as well as the ubiquitous grouse.

Carn Liath
Carn Liath, en route to Carn Mor, which can be seen in the middle distance.

The photo above gives a pretty good indication of the type of ground we were covering. Lots of heather and peat bogs. It was a very quiet walk and we met no-one else on the hill. By 1230 we had covered the 8km to the summit of Carn Mor.

Carn Mor Summit
Carn Mor Summit.

There were great views across to Ben Rinnes, Chapeltown, Glenlivet and Tomintoul. The cloud was also starting to lift from the Cairngorms, revealing Ben Avon with its numerous granite tors, and Lochanagar in the far distance.

Whisky Country
Whisky Country. Looking down to Chapeltown and Glenlivet.

The Moray (left) and Aberdeenshire (right) boundary fence.

We did debate dropping down to the mine to make the walk a circular one but neither of us liked the idea of having to regain all the lost height, especially since it would involve walking up the Lecht ski road. Instead, we more or less retraced our steps, this time following the faint trail left by an Argocat to take us back to our original starting point.

Lecht to Lochnagar
Final part of the walk back to car. Lochnagar on horizon to right.