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Flowerdale Waterfall and Navigation Brilliance


After our biggish walk yesterday we though we'd better have a quieter day today so we perused the maps and settled on a low-level one to the Flowerdale Waterfall. The walk started at the Gairloch Golf Club and began with a stroll down a short section of road past a cemetery and a brambly paddock before picking up a nice path in the trees. At this point Louise realsied she'd left her camera behind and as she is a keen photographer and I am a keen runner I jogged back to the car to retrieve it. Just as well as half the photos I've posted on Facebook of this trip have been taken by Louise.

The path was a well-constructed gravel path suitable for whhelchairs most of the way to the waterfall. It went past an estate house and a couple of paddocks of horses and followed a small river up to the waterfall. We rested and ate a nice lunch looking over the waterfall and watched various other walkers coming up the path towards us. Louise said the piles of dirt we could see were probably made by moles but as I didn't see any I can't add them to my wildlife list.

All the other walkers followed a path across the top of the waterfall and back down the other side of the valley but we reckoned we could go right round a clumpy rocky outcropping so we set off on faint tracks, over a stile over a deer fence and headed off up the valley. The clumpy rocky outcroppings on both sides of the valley aren't very high (nothing is in a country where the highest mountain is lower than Mt Oxford) but they were very inviting and it looked like a couple of good days could be had traversing across the tops.

At the head of the valley we crossed the stream that fed the Flowerdale Waterfall and headed up, around and over a small saddle. Our objective was a track marked on the map in the Kerrysdale Forest. We could see the road to Kinlochewe in the distance and with a bit of map-and-compass navigation (Louise) and a bit of follow-your-nose navigation (me) we traversed the slopes in a general downwards direction, into the forest (silve birch) and hit straight upon a well-defined track! Good on us!

We were sitting on the track admiring dragonflies and I was thinking about how it would make a very good mountain bike trail when a mountain bike (with rider) appeared and rode past us. This confirmed our confidence in our navigation and we began the walk back to the car. Quite a pleasant walk through the trees (which are a rare enough situation) and we eventually rejoined the Flowerdale track to the waterfall.

A very satisfying walking day.

Posted by pythagnz 07:46 Archived in Scotland

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