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CONTACT: Roger Baker, 12 Burwood Grove, Hayling Island, Hampshire PO11 9DS
Tel: 02392 462005 E-mail: trails@bwf-ivv.org.uk

ENTRY FEE: £1.50 per walker (Cheques payable to BWF))
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.50 each
DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST TOWN: From A9 Take B9152 to Aviemore. At roundabout turn right and take B970 towards Coylumbridge. After appx 1 mile at junction B970 to Freshiebridge turn right and immediately left into car park opposite Rothiemurchus Visitors Centre.
START VENUE: Thre route description starts from the Car Park opposite the Rothiemurchus Visitors Centre and Farm Shop (Map: Landranger 36 GR: NH901110)    Sat Nav Code PH22 1QH
COACH & CAR PARKING: At start point
PUBLIC TRANSPORT:Train or bus to Aviemore. Bus to Rothiemurchus. Please check as local transport is seasonal and is often affected by severe weather in winter.


ROUTE DESCRIPTION (Updated 19th September 2014.)

Walk along the B970 in the direction of Coylumbridge passing Rothiemurchus Centre on your left. After approx. 250m turn right signposted Tullochgrue & Black Park. Follow this minor road as it climbs gently through moorland and mixed woodland for approx. 650m to reach the first building on left.

Q.1- Who owns this building?

Continue on road for a further 250m to reach a fork in the road by house called Blackpark. Bear left on road signposted Tullochgrue & Whitewell. Follow road for approx. 1,300m as it winds its way uphill to reach cattle grid. Cross cattle grid and turn left on stony track by red Rothiemurchus Forest sign, keep ahead passing red walking sign on right.
Follow track downhill to T junction with orange cycle track sign and turn right on wide gravel track. Continue ahead for approx. 1,100m passing through two gates to reach track junction with multiple signs.

Q.2- If you were to turn left, which Loch would you head towards?

Turn right on track towards “Loch an Eilein”. At next track crossing, go straight ahead. Follow track ignoring all turnings as it bears left, then right to wind downhill across moorland and scattered pine woodland crossing two streams to reach t-junction. Turn right signposted Aviemore and follow track with loch on left for approx. 700m to reach black metal gates. Go ahead through gates and follow track to pass house on right named Lorimer
Continue to follow track to reach the end of loch. Turn left over wooden footbridge and go ahead for approx.100m to reach the white cottage “Loch an Eilein Visitor Centre”.

Q.3- What is the word over the door?

Here you will find a picnic area and toilets.
Turn around and with the visitor centre behind you, go ahead and in approx. 20m turn left on footpath to reach car park. Walk through the car park passing the pay booth on your left and bear left over a wooden bridge to reach the public road. Turn left along the road and after approx.30m turn right on a clear track passing an “Estate Vehicles Only Please” sign.
Follow track bearing right and uphill. Continue to follow track for approx. 1,600m ignoring all turnings passing through one gate to eventually reach house called Blackpark. At t-junction, turn left and in approx. 100m at first lay-by on left, turn left past metal gate on narrow track. After 200m turn right on first narrow path. After 50m and at track junction, turn right. Follow this track initially through woodland, then across an open area through another wooded area to reach road. Turn left on road and at road junction turn right to return to the Car Park.

When you have completed this trail please use the Permanent Trail Entry Form

The organisers are not liable for accidents, thefts and/or damage to property. Every effort will be made by the organisers to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable event.  

This trail is registered until 31 December 2020