Date/TimeDate(s) - 06/06/2010
Walk DetailsPub Stop?: No O/S Map Sheet No.: 43 Grid Ref. Start: Grid Ref. Finish Walk (Miles): 20 Walk Hours: Bus Time to Walk: Bus Time from Walk: Departure time from walk:
Although the main objective today is the ascent of Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in the country, other climbs and walks from the Linn o’ Dee car park are an option. 5 walks are suggested for today’s outing – please indicate your intended walk on the attendance sheet and with your committee organiser prior to leaving the bus.
(1) A low level circular walk. From the car park go westwards to white bridge and take path northwards up Glen Dee on the east side of the River Dee. At about NGR 985 954, a path folds back southeastwards and then westwards along the Allt Preas Nam Meirleach below the shoulder of Carn a’Mhaim to eventually cross the Luibeg Burn. This path soon reaches Derry Lodge and your return track southeastwards to the bus carpark at Linn o’Dee. Walking distance approximately 14 miles
(2) Creag Bhalg circular walk. Head up Glen Lui and at approx. NGR 058 923 take the path through the ravine of Clais Fhearnaig. At the far end on reaching Glen Quoich, a path branches off SSW at approximately NGR 080 936. This path enters the forest and eventually climbs to the summit of Creag Bhalg (668m) with superb views of the Dee Valley below. Descend a zig-zaggy path southwards to reach the tarmac road west of Mar Lodge near to Claybokie. Walk westwards along this road for approximately 2km to the Linn o’ Dee car park. Walking distance approx. 10 miles
(3) Derry Cairngorm. Head up Glen Lui to Derry Lodge and cross the bridge over the Derry Burn. Climb up through the forest and then open hillside on a good track to reach Carn Crom (890m). Continue northwards to reach the summit cairn of Derry Cairngorm (1155m). Either return by your outwards route or continue northwards towards Loch Etchachan and eastwards into Coire Etchachan. Exit Coire Etchachan and head southwards down Glen Derry to Derry Lodge and onwards to the Linn 0’Dee car park by the Glen Lui track. Walking distance approx. 16 miles
(4) Beinn Mheadhoin. Take the route as in (3) to the far side of the Derry Burn. From here go northwards up the length of Glen Derry and enter Coire Etchachan. Climb WSW out of the Coire to reach Loch Etchachan – the highest loch in Britain. Cross the loch’s exit stream and climb northeastwards on a path to the summit tor of Beinn Mheadhoin (1182m). Return to the bus by retracing your outwards route.
Walking distance 18miles
(5) Ben Macdui. Take the route as in (4) as far as Loch Etchachan. From here, follow a good track southeastwards which eventually skirts the edge of Coire Sputan Dearg before swinging westwards to the summit of Ben Macdui (1309m). Return to the bus by retracing your outwards route. Walking distance 20 miles