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Lochnagar hits sweet spot for Ramblers

Posted 4 July 2012
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Lochnagar hits sweet spot for Ramblers
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Lochnagar is the latest mountain featured in a routecard issued by the Ramblers.

Sent out with its latest monthly update email, the card described the way up and down the 3,789 ft Munro in a circular route from Spittal of Glenmuick, including a walk alongside the shore of Loch Muick at the end.

And it notes this is a mountain Queen Victoria herself climbed, albeit on a pony. She related that it was "cold, wet and cheerless" on that 1861 day, when the monarch would not, of course, have been able to make use of the modern waterproofs available today.

With the mountain actually on the Balmoral estate, it has a strong royal connection, including the children's story The Old Man of Lochnagar, which was written by Prince Charles.

A glance at the Ordnance Survey map reveals that the mountain gets its name from the real Lochnagar - a lochan perched below the summit in a high corrie. The correct name for the summit itself is Cac Carn Beag.

The Ramblers' walk occupies over 12 and a half miles, but for those keen to make the most of the very long and light days at this time of year and bag some more summits, Lochnagar can be the highest point of a big day of list-ticking.

From the summit of Cac Carn Beag, adventurous walkers may head west to Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach and then Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, before turning southwards crossing a high, flat plateau  towards a series of minor summits. Perhaps surprisingly, two of these - Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn - are also Munros. From here, the horseshoe can be completed by descending to the loch and back to Spittal of Glenmuick.

While the trek may be made in walking boots instead of on a pony, this makes for a big day of mountain bagging in every sense and real fanatics might even pick up a Corbett before they reach Lochnagar itself, by taking a diversion at Clais Rathadan to Conachraig.

So while the Ramblers walk card may offer a great day out, ambitious climbers may take things much further.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801399990-ADNFCR