Guest post by Ordnance Survey’s Gwyn Hughes-Jones
This walk uses OS Explorer Map - 388 Lochnagar, Glen Muick and Glen Clova.
This is a great walk taking in 2 of the most easterly Munros: Driesh (947m) and Mayar (928m). These 2 Munros lie just inside the Cairngorms National Park in the Angus glens. The 2 hills are typical of many in the Cairngorms with a pudding shape and grassy slopes. They are ideal for beginners to hill walking and dog walkers, and are easily accessible from Dundee.
This walk starts from the Forestry Commision car park at NO 282 761. The car park is situated at the Glen Doll visitor centre and is a reasonable £2 for all day parking. Sadly the visitor centre does not appear to have a café so no bacon rolls to start the walk(!), but they do have toilets!
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This walk uses OS Explorer Map 365 – The Trossachs.
This 8 mile (13KM) walk takes in 2 Munros: Ben Vorlich (985m) and Stuc a’ Chroin (975m). This is a great route which encorporates 2 iconic Scottish Mountains; there is an easy path up to BenVorlich , then a scramble up to Stuc a’ Chroin, and another easy path back down. These Munros are very accessible and there are routes available to suit all abilities, including options that miss out the tricky scramble to Stuc a’ Chroin.
The walk starts out at Ardvorlich House (NN 629 230). There is ample parking available along the grass verge of the approach road to the House.
Follow the track from Ardvorlich House for 2km as it meanders steadily up Glen Vorlich following the route of the Ardvorlich Burn. At this point you reach a footbridge across the Allt a’Choire Bhuidhe, follow the path for just over 2km as it gains height and ascends the shoulder of Sgiath nam Tarmachan towards the top of Ben Vorlich. The path does get a little bit steeper as you approach the top.
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Guest blog by Ordnance Survey’s Gwyn Hughes-Jones
This walk starts from the car park in Inverar at NN666 482 and uses OS Explorer Map 378. The car park is on the left hand side of the road just before the telephone box. Before setting out, it is worth checking the Hill phones website which provides information on any deer stalking in the area: http://www.snh.org.uk/hillphones/.
This walk is 12 miles long and takes in four Munros in Glen Lyon: Carn Gorm (1028m), Meall Garbh (968m), Carn Mairg (1041m) and Meall nan Aighean (981m).
From the car park, cross the road and take the track to the left of the barn: this meanders through the forest for 300m. (Watch out for the rather high stiles with no protection.)
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Do you know your Wainwrights from your Hardys? You will after reading the blog today!
On your outdoor adventures have you come across people who claim to have “bagged” Wainwrights, Munros, Grahams or Peaks? Have you wondered what they were talking about? Today on the Ordnance Survey blog I aim to explain what they all mean! If you don’t know your Marilyns from your Munros or your Wainwrights from your Hardys – read on!
This term means – a hill walker / climber / mountaineer attempting to reach the summit of a collection of hills / peaks.
The collection of hills or peaks that are “bagged” could be one of the following …
These are all the Scottish hills / peaks that are over 3 000ft. The list on Munros was originally set by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891 but has since been revised by the Scottish Mountaineering Club. There are 283 Munros to be bagged with an additional 227 subsidiary Munro Tops listed that meet the height requirement but aren’t deemed to be separate enough from others to stand alone. Continue reading 'Bagging Munros, Peaks and the Wainwrights'»
For many, hiking in Great Britain goes hand in hand with a pint of ale in a country pub. Wherever you are in this country you are never far from an Inn serving cold beer and a ploughman’s! I recently read about the remotest pub in Britain being put up for sale so I thought I’d round up a few of the interesting, famous and ‘must visit’ pubs across the country. Whether you’re a hiker, cyclist or simply like to sample local ales, you should seek out the following pubs and hostelries.
The Old Forge – Inverie, Knoydart, Scotland.
This pub is the most remote in Great Britain and can only be access by an 18 mile hike over munros or a 7 mile sea crossing – but it’s well worth the journey. The pub started life as a smiddy’s forge before it became a workers social club. The pub is currently up for sale if you fancy becoming a publican in a pub that’s miles from anywhere!
Jamaica Inn – Bolventor, Cornwall
Made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel by the same name, this old coaching inn is now a museum and hotel where ghost hunters can learn about the smugglers that used to pass through. Bodmin Moor is close by, adding to the mystery and intrigue offered at this inn.
The Old Smith’s Arms – Godmanstone
This is said to be the smallest pub in Great Britain. The story goes that Charles II stopped at a blacksmiths forge where he asked the smithy for a glass of porter and granted him a license to sell beer and porter. The bar measures 20ft. x 10ft, perfect for a cosy pint after a winter walk!
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Ye Olde Fighting Cocks – St Albans
One of several pubs that claim to be the oldest in Great Britain, this pub is currently in the Guiness Book of Records with some parts of the building dating back to the 11th century. It was originally used as a pigeon house which is why it has an interesting octagonal shape.
The Tan Hill Inn – Yorkshire
The Tan Hill Inn is on the Pennine Way and is Britain’s highest pub standing on a lonely spot 1,732ft above sea level. The pub is said to be haunted by Mrs Peacock who ran it for 40 years. It is surrounded by unspoilt moorland in the Yorkshire Dales.