Dalwhinnie/ Ardverikie/ Loch Pattack

A group of us headed out on Saturday for the 34 mile route starting and ending at Dalwhinnie. Normally there is a Sou -Westerly blowing along the trough of Loch Ericht but on this occasion we had a strong wind at our tails and made quick progress to the old pony hut site just before you turn North East to head down to the falls of Pattack. Now we were head on into the wind ploughing our way through the boggy section before passing the falls and eventually landing at Ardverikie House. (No Richard Briers to be seen) The section along the side of Lochan na h earba seen us motoring along to the bottom of the massive climb up to the Beinn a Clachair col where we had to find cover out of the Arctic winds and enjoyed a wee break with good views to the South. The boggy/stony descent proved to be the usual hoot with all landing safely at the bottom with only a couple of muddy knees on display (Mine included) The river crossing proved to be easy enough but the snow melt meant that the water was distinctly chilly.

One of the mates didn’t know any better and tried to ride over the shoogly bridge at Loch Pattack and nearly came a cropper but I did warn him beforehand. The wind was in our faces all the way back to Dalwhinnie but we all just put the heads down and arses up and cruised back to the train station. For some reason I do this once a year (Maybe just because I like it) and it is comparable in distance and quality to the full Glen Tilt loop…..maybe even better IMO.

ImageP1020615 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageHeading along Loch Ericht. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The old pony hut site.

ImageBen Alder by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The boggy section on the way to the Falls of Pattack.

ImageP1020619 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020620 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020624 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020626 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The Falls of Pattack.

ImageBreak time at the falls of Pattack. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Ardverikie House (Monarch of the Glen)

ImageArdverekie Houseby Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Lochan na h earba.

ImageP1020630 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020632 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Ardverikie Wall.

ImageArdverekie Wall.by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020636 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Beach bums

ImageP1020637 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020639 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr
ImageP1020640 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The start of the slog of doom up to the Bealach.

ImageP1020641 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

At the high point.

ImageP1020645 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr
ImageP1020649 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The track had a stream gushing down it today.

ImageP1020650 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020651 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020652 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020653 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Joss on the singletrack descent

ImageP1020654 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020655 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020656 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020658 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020659 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020660 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020661 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageP1020662 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Loch Pattack.

ImageLoch Pattack. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

A bridge too Shoogly.

ImageP1020664 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageLoch Pattack. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageLoch Pattack. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Heading back to Dalwhinnie.
ImageReturning back by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

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