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Ben Avon & neighbours

13-14 August 2016
Two days biking and hiking to reach Ben Avon and the surrounding Munros. Richard was leading...

photo 2 We met up at the Linn of Quoich car park to cycle in to climb Beinn a'Bhuird and Beinn A'an. Only a small group of Helen, Andy and myself joined by Christine who was shadowing me for the weekend. The last group who went this way met the flood damage from last winter so we were curious to see what it was like up there. It turned out to be ok with one section completely washed away though a small path skirts round to rejoin the original track so a bit of pushing was required.

The forecast was to stay fairly windy from the west so we opted to climb Beinn a'Bhuird first. I hadn't been up this route since it way back when it was a monstrous bulldozed track so the joy of the footpath that has been built to replace it whilst returning the track back to natural hillside was fantastic! It climbs so steadily that we were soon on the summit in a cool wind dodging some fresh showers. A quick descent took us down to the Sneck and some shelter for lunch with some lovely views of Garbh Coire.

photo 2 Our ascent of Beinn A'an didn't take long with the tail wind and good path up to the dramatic summit tor. It was very windy so we enjoyed sheltering behind the rocky tower before scrambling to all the high points just to make sure!

We returned to the Sneck with the winds showing no signs of easing off and walked back to the bikes down the lovely glen through the trees along the banks of the river Quoich in glorious sunshine for some of the way with the sweet smell of the heather on the wind. After crossing the streams back to the bikes we mounted the bikes for a good cycle back to the cars.

photo 2 The next day we met up at the Linn of Dee car park where we were joined by Nick and several thousand midges! We cycled up to Derry Lodge to leave our bikes guarded by even more midges before setting of for Beinn a'Chaorainn via Glen Derry. Once we cleared the trees it was bright and breezy so the midges were left behind.

We made great time along the footpath to the pass before a steady climb brought us to the summit of Beinn a'Chaorainn in time for some lunch with an improving views and some sunshine. It was cold in the wind and we soon headed out to cross the wild Moine Bhealaidh to Beinn Bhreac. It was a glorious afternoon now with sunshine and a breeze the perfect weather for summer walking!

photo 2 Just as we were approaching the summit a runner appeared behind us catching us by surprise! It was only Steven out for a wee jaunt in the sun (it was such a good day, I had to pull myself away from admin and come and briefly join you lucky guys - Steven). After a leaky rely break on the top we set of down and he headed back towards Aviemore. It was a lovely walk back through the trees and the breeze kept the midges at bay for a nice ride back to the cars. It was a short drive to Braemar for some well deserved ice creams in the hot summer sunshine before heading home.

More photos are here on Flickr.

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