TGO Challenge 2015: Day 5 – Dam Long Plod up Glen Doe

break from weather in wee hutA later start today at 0915, raining heavily. Up the road to the start of the Glen Doe track. There were a few groups behind me and a few folk in front. The group behind me caught up (included Lynsey, Gordon Green, Carl Myott and Andrew Walker, with Paul Phibben and Wayne Palmer streaking ahead. We eventually stopped in a small hut for a quick bite. Marion and Graeme Dunsire were just coming out of the hut as we went in.

on the road againThe rain continued to fall as we made our way upwards along the road. It is a good track, not too steep, but does eventually get to a height of around 700 metres (Fort Augustus is at sea level). Being a bit slow and stopping to take pictures at various times, I ended up walking on my own. After the dam most of the climbing is over then it is just a long plod to Chalybeate Spring, but at least the weather improved as the day went on. I don’t know how anyone could reach Chalybeate Spring before the access roads were built as there are pretty horrible boggy bits either side of the track.

There are quite a lot of new radio masts and tracks not marked on the map, and there must be some more works to come (probably wind farms), as there were quite a few wooden boxes left at various places that contained rock core samples.

windy campsiteI got to the spring about 1615. The group of four must have got there at least 45 minutes before me. I set up the tent next to them. It was a bit windy, but fairly dry. The spring does look a bit odd with water bubbling up through the ground and also erupting from the banks of a steam below (next to where we camped).

My back was fine today; it is amazing what a night in a decent bed can do.
A fifth TGOer arrived later, but sorry, I forgot to take a note of his name.

See more photographs in my Flickr pages TGO Challenge 2015 Part 1 and TGO Challenge 2015 Part 2

One thought on “TGO Challenge 2015: Day 5 – Dam Long Plod up Glen Doe

  1. Those radio masts are in fact wind masts – measuring the wind for the forthcoming Stronelairg wind farm. The whole dish, from the reservoir to well past the Chalybeate Spring will be covered in the wind farm.
    However, the JMT has challenged the Scottish Government’s handling of the planning approval in court and it may well yet be overturned.The rock cores are probably for the foundations for the wind turbines.
    Before the road was built we followed the stream beds through the A’ Chraidhleag to get to the spring – a much nicer stroll than the mind-numbing bulldozed track.
    I’m really enjoying your account, Allan.


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