Martin on Cnicht

Martin on Cnicht

Monday, 1 August 2016

High Summer on Braigh nan Uamhachan (Slope of the Caves)

A fine hill on a fine day.

This walking club (XXL) seems to be a bit past its sell by date as not much walking seems to be done. Various excuses have been made, and a few old bikes seem to have been pressed into use. Having said that, Jon and Margriet both enjoyed nine hour days on their respective hills (Beinn an Tuim and Gulvain).

Luckily Iain P only retired a few weeks ago and is still healthy enough to enjoy a longish stroll. Also, he has been up all notable Scottish peaks so is quite relaxed about where he goes. He accompanied me today on a circuit I'd not walked before.

We parked up at the end of Glenn Dubh Ligne and walked up to the bothy. Someone was chopping wood outside. Soon after that we left the track beyond the forest and ascended a steep 400 metre slope to the long Na h'Uamhachan ridge. Milkwort, alpine lady's mantle and harebells were added to our flower list as we ploughed through high wet grass and bracken mingled with orchids.

After a lengthy traverse, lunch on the summit gave rise to Iain's 'High Summer' comment. Not quite true as there were no midges. Lots of spiders and frogs. Long grass, no deer or sheep.

After a lengthy break we descended to Gleann Fionnlighe, meeting the only other person we saw today, a runner/cyclist on his way up Gulvain, where Margriet was descending some way behind us. It was hot. Thirst quenching spring water was most welcome. 

The final half hour along the main road back to the car was a little tedious but it was good to have walked a circuit rather than a 'there and back'.

24 km with 1100 metres ascent in 7.5 hours. A fine day out.

An excellent dinner, courtesy of Angus, preceded by drinks outside, watching bats, swallows and house martins harvest the midge free air. Then some folk went to a concert in the village hall.

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2 comments:

Sir Hugh said...

The atmosphere of a day out on Scottish hills comes through. A unique magic. I am due up in Torridon with the caravan later in August - been away too long.

Phreerunner said...

Yes Conrad, a wonderful part of the world, especially in high summer.
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