The last time we rode this route over Creagan na Beinne the snow had accumulated in large deep drifts higher up the hill and freezing mist made it into a miserable slog….however we grabbed a window of opportunity recently with the promise of bright sunshine in the morning but cloud and drizzle sweeping in around midday, so it was an early start to get up and along the ridge before we lost the views. Some pics from the route if anybody is interested.

A baby Oyster Catcher gets caught by a human Oyster Catcher.

ImageCute cute cute. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageAwwww a wee baby Oyster Catcher. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageThe first time Andy has had a long legged young chick. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The long climb up Glen Shervie.
Image20160626_103123by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageGlen Shervie with the monster climb to come. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20160626_105536by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Carn Bad an Fhraoich.

ImageAndy at the cairns of Carn Bad an Fhraoich by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageCarn Bad an Fhraoich by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Heading up to the main ridge. The track has been recently bulldozed in places which makes navigation easier but takes away a lot of the routes character.

ImageOnwards and upwards from Carn Bad an Fhraoich by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageBen Chonzie and Auchnafree hill in the distance. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageNew bulldozed section is at odds with the surroundings by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20160626_124837by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageOne big sugar lumpby Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Loads of young Mountain hares on the ridge.

Image20160626_125658by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageMore baby Mountain hares. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Trig point on the ridge.

ImageTop of the world ma. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageTrig point on the ridge by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Heading for the Creagan na Beinne in the distance and then the descent down Lechrea Hill.

ImageThe headless biker.by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageThe Lawers group in cloud. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20160626_134712by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20160626_134925by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Very very fast descent down to Glen Almond.

Image20160626_135153by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageIncoming squall by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20160626_135307by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageThe long descent starts to really speed up. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageLanding at Dalriechby Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Looking back down Glen Almond.

ImageP1020711 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Climbing up behind Auchnafree. PS The estate doesn’t like bikers on their hills. Be fly and be nice.

ImageThe begining of the long haul from Auchnafree. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The climb up Glen Shervie from Auchnafree……its a stinker.

ImageThe climb of doom. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The final part of the descent. Steeper than it looks.

ImageBombing down Sron an Fheidh by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Summary. A great half day in the hills but the climb is the real sting in the tail and there is no shame in getting off and pushing which I suspect most will do. Ps who needs Munro’s when some Corbetts are just as good (If not better in some cases)

Mountain biking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk

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