Lairig an Laoigh – Fords of Avon

After a pleasant walk or mountain bike to the site of the old Bynack Stable shelter, the path begins on the far side of a smart wooden bridge over the youthful, bubbling River Nethy. A steady climb leads to the wide, windy and wild plateau below the rocky cone of Bynack Mhor rising to the south. Taking a left fork at a cairn, the path descends to cross the Uisge Dubh Poll a Choin burn, becoming rougher and much quieter as the Munro baggers heading for Bynack Mhor are left behind. After another short climb, a short, steep descent and another burn crossing, you are following an old route through one of the most remote-feeling glens in the Cairngorms. On a good day the Barns of Bynack can be seen looming high up to the west like stone loaves, and the promise of the tiny, cosy shelter of the Fords of Avon refuge in a few miles keeps you walking on into the true heart of the mountains.

Mapping

Problem(s) detail

Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Teram material starting to show at edge of path for approx 1.5m


Lat: 57.1720924, Lng: -3.6116107
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Water puddling on path due to cross drain not functioning, because level of water in cross drain is same as level in adjoining pond beside path so can't drain away.


Lat: 57.1742096, Lng: -3.6147709
Requires Attention

Blocked drainage feature

Blocked cross drain. Also, between this point and the next problem marker below, all water bars silted up.


Lat: 57.1624718, Lng: -3.591453
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Lots of puddles and surface water for next 200m.


Lat: 57.1544189, Lng: -3.5846448
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Surface erosion and muddy stretches partly due to bikes, from marker to where path crosses burn (Uisge Dubh Poll a Choin).


Lat: 57.1537819, Lng: -3.5836735
Requires Attention

Path Widening

Braiding due to avoidance of rough surface, large boulders on path in places. From marker to burn crossing.


Lat: 57.1524849, Lng: -3.582098
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Sections of path on both sides of burn crossing very boggy. Path spreading and small paths along banks developing due to people trying to find place to cross. In wet conditions very difficult to cross burn with dry feet - small bridge or stepping stones could be considered?


Lat: 57.1488228, Lng: -3.5742888
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Section of path between marker before this one and marker after this one appears not to have had construction work done on it. Most of this stretch has surface water, mud, rough stones and boulders, spreading.


Lat: 57.1445923, Lng: -3.5691745
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Water erosion causing chanelling on path, intermittently for next 250m on steeper section to next high point on path.


Lat: 57.1423988, Lng: -3.5681489
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Downhill section of approx 400m from this marker to start of next constructed section, muddy, eroded and spreading due to wear by bikes and walkers. This is perhaps most vulnerable part of whole path.


Lat: 57.1358223, Lng: -3.5665588
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Path spreading, drainage channels forming on and around path, water flowing along path. Approx 20 m section.


Lat: 57.1208000, Lng: -3.5772154
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Two wet sections of approx 10m each on approach to Fords of Avon refuge, muddy and spreading. Small amount of work could halt deterioration (?).


Lat: 57.1098518, Lng: -3.5824597
Requires Attention

Other

Path southwards between Fords of Avon and col above Glen Derry at NJ 034 004 - path appears not to be constructed. Mainly boggy, lot of surface water, spreading in sections. Representative photo uploaded, more available if needed.


Lat: 57.09860526602553, Lng: -3.5909192539023707
Requires Attention

Surface Issues

Surface starting to degrade, water erosion, for approx 100m either side of this marker.


Lat: 57.17982627405074, Lng: -3.6444776035117457

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