Geal Charn (near Dorback)

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.

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I followed the track along the Dorback Burn.

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Ben Rinnes.

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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…

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… and Bynack More.

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Geal Charn summit.

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From the summit I followed the broad ridge first NW, then N.

Meall a’ Bhuachaille.

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Allt na h-Eirghe.

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At the foot of the N ridge I came across an unlocked wooden hut, where I stopped for a tea break.

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The ford on the Allt na h-Eirghe was dried out and easy to cross.

Ford

The derelict farm at Upper Dell.

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View back to Geal Charn.

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Between the Dorback Burn and the road lies an area of “sand dunes” – looking somewhat out of place in this landscape.

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Certainly not the most exciting hill, but at least it was another Corbett bagged!

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