Cycle into the Heart of the Cairngorms
Date: Sunday 24 June, 2018
Event leader: David Binney
Price: £12Meet time: 09:00
Estimated finish time: 18:00
Distance: 33 miles (53km)
Ascent: 940mHigh point: 715m
Booking deadline: 12:00 Thursday 21 June, 2018
14 places available
You are invited to join David for a cycle ride into the the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains exploring the upper reaches of Glen Avon. The exact route will depend upon weather conditions on the day. The intended destination is Faindouran Bothy situated about 3 miles (5km) from the outfall from Loch Avon. The route uses estate tracks which are steep in places and I for one shall probably we walking up and down some of the steeper hills or zig zags. This event will suit those who might wish to tackle an adventurous ride into a remote mountain area in the company of others. WARNING – If we are lucky enough to have a totally calm day upper Glen Avon can be midge hell. Bring a midge hood, et al.
We will meet and start from the Queen’s View car park just outside of Tomintoul. To provide variety to what is essentially a ‘there and back’ trip we shall go in via Glen Loin. This involves riding to the top of Cap Chaochan Aitinn (715m above sea level, 510m ascent) with a mid-morning break to rest and admire the view (fingers crossed). From there we descend steep zig zags into Glen Loinn to join Glen Avon. A track then takes us on to Faindouran Bothy (a further 240m ascent). The journey in should take around 4 hours so we should arrive in time for lunch. A disposable bbq will be available, bring your own sausage, tomato, burger, etc
The return journey is essentially downhill following the river Avon, but expect some uphill (190m) some of which will hurt. Once past Inchory Lodge there are even tarmac sections to ease the legs. We should do this in under 3 hours.
The planned route is a long day over high ground. In the event of poor weather on the day ( eg wind, rain, snow, low cloud) the round may be modified and the trip over Cnap Chaochar Aitinn abandoned.
My first trip to Fainndouran Bothy was made on an old Dawes road bike many years ago. I definitely would not recommend that. On this occasion, I shall be riding an electric assist hard tail mountain bike.
Where to Meet
Meet at the Queen's View car park on the minor road leading south from Tomintoul into Strathavon. Proceed south along Tomintoul Main Street, pass the A939 Lecht turn off on the left, and look out for a minor road on the right (sign on left side of road) to Delnabo and also to Tomintoul Country Walks). Follow this for about 1km, the car park is signposted on the left. If you find yourself crossing the river Avon, you've missed it!
Grid. Ref. NJ165176 Post Code AB37 9HT (Will take you to the wrong place, but should put you on correct road out of Tomintoul)
About the Provider
David is a member of the organising group, the Moray Way Association. The Moray Way Association is a Scottish Charity.
Having enjoyed the outdoors since his early childhood, he has in recent years stopped chasing peaks and has spent more time working to improve access in the local area. This varies from physically clearing obstructions to designing websites that encourage participation.
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