Monday, 31 August 2009

MTB trip - Corrour to Spean Bridge

'A wee jaunt' I think I called it. Little did I know.

Donald and I (check his blog out, it's in Gaelic and he's just blogged about the same trip!) took the train from Spean Bridge to Corrour station, the most remote mainline station in the UK. Our route was to take us back to Spean Bridge via Loch Treig and the Lairig Leacach, stopping off at the bothy along the way.

A stern warning from Network Rail........

... Unfortunately Donald forgot his glasses

Corrour Station

The first few miles were great, a touch boggy at the start but this soon gave way to a good track leading to the lodge at the head of Loch Treig.

Creag Uaineach Lodge (Loch Treig)

After that...... boggy! For the next few miles it was matter of pushing the bikes through bogs. The views were cracking though. Well worth all the effort we were having to make.

Heading towards Lairig Leacach

After a couple of hours of swearing and slogging we reached the bothy in the Lairig Leacach. It's a great wee spot with views across to the Sgurr Innse, the bothy itself is pretty good and has a decent sleeping platform, one to be revisited at a later date I think. Luckily the path is in great nick from here back to Spean Bridge, a short wee uphill section was followed by a great sweeping downhill run pretty much right the way back into Spean Bridge. I think my bike may be in need of a service after all that though, it was making a few distressing noises by the time I got it back to the car.

The last stop before the dowhill run to Spean Bridge

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