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Ben Avon - Braemar Bike 'n' Hike

Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th June 2022

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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)


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.

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).

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 £149 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.

You will need to provide your own transport (including mountain bike, lock and helmet), travel insurance and accommodation.

Numbers:

I can take a maximum of 8 and a minimum of 4

Equipment:

Please see the All Activities section of the kit list here. You will also need to bring your own mountain bike / lock / helmet

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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. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions too.


To book simply click 'Register Now' and follow the instructions (or on mobile, the link below). 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 booking Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.

Please check carefully which tickets you are booking and for how many. We try and be flexible but of course that brings loads of options!


Book the Braemar Bike 'n' Hike to bag the 4 Ben Avon Munros