Sunday 14 April 2013

Dog Falls in Glen Affric.

We parked up in the Forestry Commission car park and followed the Red Route around Dog Falls, taking small detours to various viewpoints, not all of them signposted. 

River Affric near Dog Falls

Near Dog Falls in Glen Affric

The walk follows the river for a time, past rapids, before crossing the road and continuing through Scots pine and birch.

Above Dog Falls, Glen Affric

Above Dog Falls, Glen Affric

Above Dog Falls in Glen Affric

River Affric

Dog Falls, Glen Affric

Back over the road again to a viewpoint downstream from the falls. Unfortunately the actual waterfall cannot be quite seen in full, but beautiful none the less.

Dog Falls on the River Affric

Dog Falls on the River Affric

Gorge at Dog Falls, Glen Affric

We walked over a footbridge (Rafe was rather dubious) with more views of not quite all the waterfall. The sun had come out by that time and everything was glittering after the mornings rain.

Footbridge by Dog Falls

Rafe - Woods in Glen Affric

The route heads south, ascending more than we expected, along a winding path up the side of the valley, through bilberry and heather.

Looking east along Glen Affric from above Dog Falls

We then contoured west through the woods, with views to the hills across the glen to the north.

Looking north west along Glen Affric from above Dog Falls

A forest track leads back down to the river and we had to restrain Rafe from plunging into the River Affric for a swim in the snow melt at the bridge by the car park.

A really lovely little walk before lunch.

Route: Forestry Commission car park (NH284283), follow the Red Route, initially downstream, east along the River Affric, across the Glen Affric road, and continue east, back across the road to a footbridge at NH289283, forest path south ascending the hillside of Coire an Loch, follow the forest track west contouring at 260m approx. Descend west on forest track at NH278278 and then follow the track north east, over the bridge to start. Waymarked throughout.

Statistics:  Distance: 3.75km  Ascent: 100m  Time: 45minutes

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