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Walking in Cumbria and Beyond

The Chalamain Gap

The Chalamain Gap


sounds more the Wild West than Scottish Highlands.

But stories were of tents ripped to shreds

and maps been blown away

rather than cowboys lurking in the hills

Weather warnings yet again of the perils of crossing ridges.  

Munros were probably off the agenda.

Morlich Beach

Loch Morlich

So we set off past the soft sand beach of Loch Morlich and along one of Scotland’s infamous long hikes in.  On forest tracks to Rothiemurchus Lodge. 

Lairig Ghru

Then a slow a ascent in to the Lairig Ghru.   Sheer rock face eventually replacing rolling heather.  

Lurchers Crag

Lurchers’ Crag

Squeezing clear water into narrow rapid streams.

Lairig Ghru

And so we went up.  

Creag a Chalamain

Creag a Chalamain

Up to Creag a Chalamain where it was just a little windy. 

As was the  Chalamain Gap.   A narrow mountain pass filled with the detritus from a battle of the Gods. 

Chalamain Gap

Chalamain Gap

Or may be it was just the weather.  Whatever your imagination tells you, the facts of being pushed over boulders by a solid summer wind shaking more than just your shoulders, imprints its mark on your memory.

Chalamain Gap

And for all those who may think I’m a little mad. My match was met when this guy came over the brow with his bike, his dog and a backpack as big as I, almost.

Cairngorm Range


Just as the wind dissipated to a breeze the landscape beyond spread to the relatively rolling hills


and further to deep valleys and trees of the lower slopes.

Pine Martin Bar Glenmore

Pine Martin Bar Glenmore

With the end of the day, however late that might be.


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