Martin in Gatineau Park

Martin in Gatineau Park

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Martin’s Grand Scottish Tour – April 2015

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This posting fleshes out those made over the past few days and provides maps of my walking routes. There’s also a slideshow of 64 images, here.

Anyway, after straining something at the Penrith parkrun early on Day 1, I was a sorry sight limping up Hill of Persie before heading on to Braemar.

It was a very rough 5km, with 240 metres ascent, taking an hour and three quarters.

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Day 2 – here I am on top of Blath Bhalg.

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This was a good circuit, much better than the ‘guidebook’ there and back route. There were good views between the snow showers.

It’s 9 km with 390 metres ascent, taking two and a half hours.

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Day 3 – from Bridge of Gaur I set off alongside Loch Rannoch before heading to Dalwhinnie.

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Today’s walk was an easy ascent of Creag Ruadh – 12 km, with 400 metres ascent, in about 3 hours, before heading on to Newtonmore Hostel.

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Day 4 – a driving day, with lots of deliveries and no time for a walk, but with good views of the Cairngorms across Loch Morlich.

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Day 5 – from Ford, I went home via the Rest and be Thankful Pass, before which is this fine bridge at the end of Glen Fyne.

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There was time to pop up Hods Hill, on the Southern Upland Way near Moffat. Here’s a view towards Daer Reservoir from near the summit.

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It’s an easy route – 8 km with 300 metres ascent, in about two hours. I didn’t realise you could walk up the road to the end of the reservoir to join the SUW, which goes across the dam.

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So that’s it, a successful trip with some good walks in between deliveries and 1100 miles of driving.

The slideshow is here.

3 comments:

John J said...

A fine, successful and most helpful trip - thanks for doing the deliveries Martin!

AlanR said...

Well done.

Phreerunner said...

Thanks John, and Alan. I don't really know why, but I really enjoy the occasional longish driving trip, spiced with some good company and a few short walks.