Day 7 Thursday 16th May 2019 Coire Chuaich NN 719 867 to Glen Feshie – Ruigh Aiteachain NN 846 928

Reproduced from Map data: Ordnance Survey ©Crown Copyright and/or database right 2016. License number 100043379.

Follow valley NE to N bank of Allt na Fearna to NN 746 887 head east cutting over Maol an t- Seilich to cross at the dam at NN 752 881. Follow track N to N 765888 then E to cross Allt Bhran at NN 776 893 and follow riverside track to NN 798 887. Follow bearing 5deg to meet tree line and follow treeline NNE to track S of Carn Dearg and Carn Dearg Mor, then NE, and continue on E direction to ruins at NN 842 917. Follow River N and cross at NN850 964 (1km S of Stronetoper).Follow river S to camp near Ruigh Aiteachain at NN 846 928.
OS Landranger series maps: 42, 35, 43
Length: 26.07 km                         
Total Ascent:  520m
Total Descent: 770m
Max Elevation: 697m
Min Elevation: 330m
Route Profile:    

I start today with the only section of my 320 km route which has no discrenible path. I am following the SE slopes of Meall Chuaich for a couple of kilometres then turning east towards Maol an t-Seilich then picking my way aong several paths towards Glen Feshie. To my NW is Carn Dearg Mor, (not to be confused with Carn Mor Dearg which has a ridge walk to Ben Nevis). The mountain consists of a long curved ridge with three tops Carn Dearg Beag (694m) to the N, Carn Dearg Mor towards the S and Carn Dearg (789m) to the SW.

Photo Credit: Jim Barton

The River Feshie is a bit of a beast. My route vetter helped replan my route as several crossings on the river have been swept away, and ford points are really not pedestrian friendly if the river is in spate. The estate have some guidelines on where they would prefer people to NOT to wildcamp, and their published advice should be respected in the interests of open access for all. The Estate at the time of writing is owned by Anders Holch Povlsen largest stakeholder of clothes retailer Asos. Edwin Landseer painted Monarch of the Glen in Glenfeshie, and the importance placed on deer and the sporting traditions of victorian britain more or less destroyed 42000acres of Caledonian pine forest. He is passionate about rewilding Britain, and his estate convinced the Deer Commission for Scotland to manage deer populations to encourage regrowth and of Scottish woodlands and forests.

The result of my vetter’s most excellent advice, is a turn north and diversion of about 9km to cross the river near Stronetroper, and then I pick up the Glenfeshie Drove Road south to the bothy at Ruigh Aiteachain, where I will camp for the night.

See you tomorrow.

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