Published: 4 September 2017, 19:46 Author: Myrddin Irwin
Much of what we do is about encouraging people of all abilities to learn, use and advance skills in trekking and wild-camping. This is why we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to start offering Route Cards as free and downloadable PDFs in an attempt to spur some of you on to taking the plunge and tackling your own adventures.
First up is a two-day trek with bike ride, tackling one of the Cairngorms most remote and spectacular Munros, Ben Avon.
Ben Avon (pronounced A’an) is not only an extremely remote mountain, but it also has an incredibly vast and sprawling plateau that is pronounced against the skyscape with magnificently large tors. Due to its location deep within the Cairngorms, accessing Ben Avon isn’t a quick affair. Taking the route from Tomintoul requires a significant walk along the track to Inchrory, or as we recommend, a far quicker bike ride.
Once off your bike however (and after a quick dip in the Linn of Avon), the real hike begins. Using your navigation skills, accessing the summit is the aim of the second leg of your adventure. This part of the trek showcases some incredible geology, and some interesting history to boot. Passing features such as the pools at Clach Bhan and the rocky outcrops of East Meur Gorm Craig, you won’t be short of interesting photography subjects.
Depending on weather conditions, we have recommended two camp sites; One at the main summit of Ben Avon, Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe, and the other lower down along the route. Ascending Beinn a Bhuird is also an option once you’ve set up camp.
The second day brings you back down into Glen Avon, via a historical plane wreckage. Again, navigation here is key, as you steeply descend down through thick heather. Once back down into the glen and across the River Avon via a wire bridge, a steady track takes you back to your bike and back up to Tomintoul.
Below are the the Route Cards for you to download, split into 4 sections. Please note that the maps are for illustrative purposes only and full use of map and compass is required. This trek is for those with a good understanding of what is required when heading out into the Cairngorms in regards to knowledge and equipment.
Need to brush up on your navigation? We can teach you. Find out more here.
Want to do this trek but not quite confident enough yet? Join our 2018 Ben Avon and Beinn a Bhuird trek here.