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Loch Avon Circular via Cairn Gorm Mountain

Nat Park - Cairngorm - Cairngorm North

County/Area - Highland

Author - Andy Smith & Sarah Amer

Length - 9.0 miles / 14.6 km

Ascent - 3600 feet / 1091 metres

Grade - hard

Start - OS grid reference NH990060
Lat 57.133768 // Long -3.670283
Postcode PH22 1RB (approx. location only)
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Route Outline

This tough route takes in a remote Loch high on the Cairngorm Plateau, which is best enjoyed in winter conditions. The exit takes you up the east face of Cairn Gorm summit making it a worthy day out. The walk is possible as a day option during winter months, but an early start is required. Conditions down to Loch Avon (pronounced "ainne" in English) are challenging and will require winter skills using ice axe and crampons. You should also be fully aware how to use these as there is one awkward section on this descent. In summer the conditions are easier but this remains a tough excursion into the Cairngorm Mountains and you may encounter some harsh weather at all times of the year. Whatever the season make sure you are well equipped and know how to use it.

GPS Files - Notes

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GPS files do not show topography and dangerous terrain and should be used in conjunction with paper maps. Suitable maps are listed below. The preferred scale is 1:25000 especially in hilly and mountainous areas.

These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that Walking Britain is not held responsible for the safety or well being of those following the routes as described. It is worth reiterating the point that you should embark on a walk with the correct maps preferably at 1:25000 scale. This will enable any difficulties with route finding to be assessed and corrective action taken if necessary.

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Ordnance Survey Explorer OL57Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL57Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 36Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 36Digital Map1:50kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

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