Walk up Bynack More from Glenmore Lodge
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An ascent of Bynack More from Glenmore and return via Strath Nethy.
Route Start Location: The end of the single track road at Glenmore Lodge
|27.79 km||1590 m||7.5 - 8.5 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Activivity Type: Hard Walk
Summits and Places on this Route
The Lochain bar in Glenmore Lodge is open to the public on some evenings of the week.
In poor visibility good navigational skills are essential as it is easy to become disorientated on the featureless, open ground beyond the summit of Bynack More.
Between June and September, the Highland midge can really spoil your day if you are not well-protected. There are various products available but Smidge seems to be effective for most people.
Parking : Not applicable
Limited, free parking is available at the start of the route.
The number 31 bus operates between Aviemore and the Cairngorm ski area and stops at Glenmore, approximately fifteen minutes walk from the start and finish of the route.
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Walk up Bynack More from Glenmore Lodge
Bynack More is one of the more accessible Munros. This circular route from Glenmore returns via Strath Nethy.
Walk up Bynack More Route Description
The route starts at the end of the single track road just beyond Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre. There is limited parking but be aware that at weekends and holidays, spaces fill early in the day.
From the parking area walk around the vehicle barrier and continue on the good path which passes through beautiful mixed woodland. After approximately twenty minutes you will reach Lochain Uaine,(the green lochain) on the right. Continue past the lochain to reach a split in the path. The left hand fork rises towards the Ryvoan Pass and the bothy of the same name but our route takes the right hand fork.
The stone track eventually terminates at a grassy area in front of a bridge.
Cross over the bridge and keep to the path on the left where a feint path goes right. The path rises now and continues to rise up the broad north-west shoulder of Bynack More.
At the 750m contour the gradient eases as we approach a fork in the path. Keep right and continue due south passing over the spot height at 818m.
The good path now becomes less pronounced and climbs more steeply over broken ground as it rises up a narrow ridge. Keeping to the right of some crags, continue to the broad summit at 1090m, marked by a large stone cairn.
If weather conditions are poor and navigation is not your strength then it is probably best to reverse the outward route to return to the start of the walk.
The alternative is to continue from the summit in a south-south-west direction trying to follow the feint path over the open and stony ground. Soon after leaving the summit, pass a series of granite tors on your left.
Shortly afterwards, turn west-south-west over boggy ground before rising in a south-westerly direction to reach the cairn on the summit of A’ Choinneach at 1017m.
From here, head due south and (hopefully) enjoy the expansive views over the southern Cairngorms.
As the broad ridge begins to drop away, head south-west on the good path and continue to descend the shoulder with views up Loch Avon opening up before you.
The path drops down to a crossroads and we turn right and into the head of Strath Nethy.
As you might expect, the path along the bottom of such a steep sided valley is boggy in places and some minor detouring will probably be required but keep to the right (east) of the stream and cross some smaller tributaries.
Keep a look out for birds of prey above the crags on the left but watch your footing on the uneven ground.
After roughly eight kilometres the path rejoins the outward path where we turn left and cross back over the bridge. From here the route follows the outward route. On a hot day, a paddle in Lochain Uaine may provide welcome relief for tired and hot feet before the final two kilometres to the finish of the walk.