Carn Daimh Circuit
Sat 11th & Sun 12th June 2016 - Mountain Bike Race, the section between the Speyside Way and Clash Wood will be in use by racing mountain bikers, heading downhill. Please give way to bikers if you encounter them.
Route: An excellent hill walk with a steady ascent along farm, forest and hill tracks to an outstanding panoramic viewpoint, returning across moorland. Can be exposed and boggy in places.
Distance: 10km (6.5 miles) circular
Duration: Allow 3-4 hours
Start: Clash Wood car park (Nr Tomnavoulin): NJ 208 265
Follow the forest road from the car park for a short distance, then turn left and take the waymarked path which heads through the trees along the edge of Clash Wood to a stile. Cross this and another stile leaving the plantation and continue straight across along the Westertown farm road (1), ignoring the right track which leads to Easter Corrie farmhouse, and the left track which leads to Tomnavoulin. Continue along the farm track which follows the Allt a’Choire burn past Westertown, then through a narrow belt of conifers (2) where you will see the ruins of Craighead farmstead ahead. Keep right, leaving the burn and head uphill through the field. Curlew, lapwing and oystercatcher are common on the marshy farmland here in spring. Join the track which leads up to the plantation of Cairn Ellick ahead, following it into the trees (3).
In the woods the track turns a sharp right joining the Speyside Way (4) and meanders through the trees, later emerging from the forest and continuing on up to the summit of Carn Daimh (pronounced Cairn Dye) at 569m, 1866 ft. Leaving the summit, follow the fence line northwards along the Speyside Way, initially descending sharply to the edge of the forest plantation. A little further along (5), a track (marked by a signpost) heads due east across the hillside to rejoin the route of ascent near Westertown farmhouse. This can be used as a quicker return route if time is short.
Continue along the forest edge, along what in places is rather boggy ground to the end of the plantation. Turn right at the corner (6) and follow the fence eastwards through the heather. The Speyside Way continues northwards through a gate, but instead continue alongside the fence following it over the flat shoulder of Carn Liath (7). The path gradually becomes more distinct and at the high point of the shoulder you will pass some solitary pine trees. Continue alongside the fence as it drops down the other side of the hill before crossing a stile and heading diagonally down the hill along the indistinct track which continues eastwards to the gap in the plantation encircling Lynebeg (8). From here follow the farm track which skirts the northern edge of the woods, before crossing an open field to join the forest road in Clash wood, (9) which leads downhill to the car park and starting point.
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