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.
The old pony hut site.
The boggy section on the way to the Falls of Pattack.
The Falls of Pattack.
Ardverikie House (Monarch of the Glen)
Lochan na h earba.
The start of the slog of doom up to the Bealach.
At the high point.
The track had a stream gushing down it today.
Joss on the singletrack descent
A bridge too Shoogly.