Corbett bagging: Sow of Atholl and Meall na Leitreach


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The festive year proved to be a good possibility to bag a couple new Corbetts. Both of those the Sow of Atholl and Meall na Leitreach are accessed from Dalnaspidal Lodge, shut to the A9, and though they are walked individually they are each and every brief plenty of to make it possible for for a double Corbett bagging working day.

Corbett doubler: Sow of Atholl and Meall na Leitreach

The get started for equally walks at Dalnaspidal Lodge is nearly 430m higher than sea degree. This was hugely welcome for the reason that the weather wasn’t way too promising.

I met my Corbetting bagging close friend Ben at Dalnaspidal. He experienced driven up from Edinburgh (1.45 several hours), on his way to stay with us for New Year and, for me, it was only a generate of about an hour and a bit south from Inverness.

We agreed to stroll one particular of the Corbetts, evaluate the weather and then determine no matter if to stroll the other Corbett. (Even though, I believe we each previously understood that we had been doing each unless a mega storm arrived!)

The Sow of Atholl was our initially focus on. Apparently, the hill’s bizarre Anglicised identify is considered to be a response to match the hill regarded as the Boar of Badenoch that is situated some 2km absent.

Going for walks in this location is usually moist and boggy underfoot. After a spell of snow and rain, this was definitely the scenario.

At initially, following crossing the railway line, there is a broad and clear observe that heads south and then west.

This extensive observe does peter out into wet trods but it is even now reasonably clear the place you are headed. Immediately after a when, we located ourselves only heading uphill and tramping in excess of heather. It’s steep but not far too steep.

We stopped for a chat with two other walkers, who were being also enjoying the festive interval for mountain strolling.

In what appeared like no time at all (remember there is extremely little complete ascent for this Corbett), Ben and I were closing in on the summit.

There was a compact cairn and a different space of the summit that seemed bit bigger so we wandered about there and then back again again just t be guaranteed! (I have been caught out prior to.)

Summit of Sow of Atholl.

On to Meall na Leitreach

As we descended the Sow, the weather abruptly took a flip, with clouds and rain forcing us to put on watertight trousers.

At larger altitude it was windy as very well, but I never think the next Corbett of Meall na Leitreach was definitely in question.

Without thoroughly speaking about it, Ben an I headed straight to the path for Meall na Leitreach and devoid of returning to the lodge.

There is not a good preserving in terms of distance by accomplishing both Corbetts in one outing but it is satisfying just to hold going on the keep track of at the slim northern finish of Loch Garry.

Quickly we turned uphill and on to an noticeable path. There is a path all the way to the summit, while a person aspect was a speedy-managing stream.

The better we climbed, the more powerful the wind turned and the much less we chatted. For the remaining 150m or so, we just walked with our heads down, striving to defend our faces from the wind. The chat disappeared until we could see the best issue.

Summit smiles (of reduction!)

Turning all over to walk back down the slope the way we had occur up was a large aid. We started out chatting and laughing again.

The wind was at our backs and aided to blow us downhill. It was muddy, bogy, wet and slippery underfoot but it felt so substantially better than strolling uphill with a awful headwind.

Ben and I have loved numerous mountain walks jointly. I confess this one particular doesn’t price so hugely for fantastic weather conditions, or for terrain. The surroundings was fantastic, when the clouds lifted, and that is simply because there is not often a landscape that is not outstanding in the Scottish mountains. It can be summed up as a rugged but moist spot!

The finest reward was two reasonably quick “ticks” for Corbetts on a working day of considerably less favourable weather conditions – and then a push north to the promise of an early beer/wine as a prelude to the New Years’ celebrations.

Two Corbett route

Complete distance: 13.5km

Full elevation: 906m

Each individual summit top: Sow of Atholll is 803m and Meall na Leitreach is 775m.

For routes: Strava and OS Maps

Corbetts bagged: 72 and 73.