AFS MOUNTAINEERING
Braemar Bike n Hike
The Ben Avon Munros

11-12th June 2022

 
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The Ben Avon 4 Munros - Bike & Hike

Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th June 2022

ABOUT THE EVENT

North of Braemar, ancient pine forests full of wildlife hide below vast plateaus. On higher ground, ptarmigan and hare bound around and the unusual volcanic tors on Ben Avon entertain inquisitive folk. We're biking into the heart of this area, from where we'll hike up to the high peaks above this land.

Day 1: Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuirid

A day hiking on vast plateaux discovering weird rock formations north-east of Braemar

Our day begins with a cycle into the wilderness on fine tracks. Paths then lead us further into the vast remoteness and to the foot of the mountains from where we'll take a leisurely pace to bag the two Munro summits on Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuird. We'll return spending some time in the remains of the Caledonian Forest, where amongst the impressive Scot's Pines, wildlife can hopefully be spotted.

Day 2: Beinn Bhreac and Beinn a'Chaorainn

Cycle to Derry Lodge, then hike up two remote Munros

Beinn a'Chaorainn is an intriguing Munro, tucked away in a remote part of the Cairngorms with its summit overlooking a lonely lochan. Beinn Bhreac is linked to this mountain by a vast grassy plateau that will test navigation skills even on clear spring days !

The day again begins with a cycle, this time to get us to Derry Lodge in the heart of the mountainous area. After a short spell hiking on a fine path, rough moorland will then test our boots as we reach Beinn a'Chaorainn's summit. Across a vast expanse of grass and rush, we'll reach the boulder summit of Beinn Bhreac and return down heather back to Derry Lodge.

Munros:

Beinn a' Bhuird (1,197m / 3,927ft)

Ben Avon (Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe) (1,171m / 3,842ft)

Beinn Bhreac (931m / 3,054ft)

Beinn a' Chaorainn (1,083m / 3,553ft)

Meeting Point:

Day 1: 09:00 at the end of the Mar Lodge road nearly opposite Braemar. To see the approximate start point in Google Maps, please click here (opens in a new tab). 
Day 2: 0900 at the Linn of Dee car park. To see the approximate start point in Google Maps, please see here (opens in a new tab).

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Difficulty: There are good cycle paths throughout the area low down. Higher up they are swampy in places and bar one or two rockier sections on the Ben Avon day, easy walking. However, they are both big days out so stamina is needed! 

Cost: The trip costs £129 per person for the two days (with discounts for bulk booking). Under 18s are welcome so long as they are accompanied by their parent/guardian. 

Numbers: I can take a maximum of 8 and a minimum of 4.

Please Note: This trip is replacing the same trip that was originally organised by Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding (SFMG). I have kindly been given agreement to replicate the event now as SFMG has ceased operating. I was due to be guiding this event on behalf of SFMG. Much of the text has been taken from the SFMG website event page with permission.

The last time I was up in this range was March 2017 and here are some of the pictures

 

Guided Trips - Frequently asked questions

Is this suitable for me?


The walk will be suitable for anyone with very good hill walking experience and stamina/fitness. They are spectacular days out above anything else. The ground is rocky and steep in places - boggy in other places. I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email.




What do I need to bring?


You will need basic walking clothes (not cotton or jeans!), some extra layers, waterproofs, hat and gloves. Plus some water or a thermos of tea/coffee/hot ribena! You can see the recommended kit list here Decent boots are essential. Walking poles are recommended. You can borrow an ice axe and crampons should they be needed




I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?


This is up to you depending on your budget. Ballater and Braemar have a range of accommodation. It is worth checking in Glenshee as there is self-catering accommodation but these tend to get booked up fast.




What's not included?


Accommodation (if applicable), Food, Personal Insurance, Personal equipment, Transport, Mountain Bike (though you can hire them from Braemar Mountain Sports - I'll leave that to you if that's the case)




How much is the trip and how do I book?


The trip costs £129 per person for the two days. There are discounts for bulk purchases. To book please see below. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions.




What are the Terms & Conditions?


Please see the Terms and Conditions section by clicking the link. You can also see the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy.




I've got some more general questions...


Please see the General FAQ section by clicking the link here. If you've still got questions then please get in touch!




How do I get there?


Braemar is the nearest town with generally good bus connections to Aberdeen. Coming from the south (Blairgowry / Perth) can take forever by bus (assuming there still is a bus route). Aberdeen has an airport and mainline rail and bus links.





 

TO BOOK

If you want to chat to me about the event then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking or would prefer to pay a 10% deposit for now, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice. Please note that this has an additional £5 non-refundable administration fee.
Or simply click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the event.
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.
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