Saturday, 24 November 2012
13.4 km/514 m/04:15 hrs
Corbett: Geal Charn (No. 37)
I had parked in the far corner of the large turning area at the end of the public road near Dorback Lodge, and as soon as I had left my car, a farmer in a Landrover stopped beside me. I almost expected him to tell me off for parking there, but he just asked me where I was heading and told me I shouldn’t worry about the dogs in the kennels by the farm when I passed them.
After walking past Dorback Lodge and the farm building, and past the barking and growling dogs, I could continue in peace and quiet.
I followed the track along the Dorback Burn.
At the Allt Slugan na Cloiche I left the track and climbed up the heather covered slope beside the stream. Eventually I reached Geal Charn’s broad ridge and was rewarded with good views to Ben Avon…
… and Bynack More.
Geal Charn summit.
From the summit I followed the broad ridge first NW, then N.
Meall a’ Bhuachaille.
Allt na h-Eirghe.
At the foot of the N ridge I came across an unlocked wooden hut, where I stopped for a tea break.
The ford on the Allt na h-Eirghe was dried out and easy to cross.
The derelict farm at Upper Dell.
View back to Geal Charn.
Between the Dorback Burn and the road lies an area of “sand dunes” – looking somewhat out of place in this landscape.
Certainly not the most exciting hill, but at least it was another Corbett bagged!