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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

The Loch Morlich circuit is about 6.5Km long and give fine views over Loch Morlich to the surrounding hills. It is mainly on crushed stone paths which have some uneven stretches and several gradients in excess of 8% (1:12).There is one potential barrier as the path crosses the burn at the western end of the loch.The car park is at the Forestry Commission visitor centre where there are toilets and a cafe. The car park is at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NH977097

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, September 2008 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 6.3 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

The walk starts from the car park of the Glenmore Forest Visitor Centre. There are disabled parking spaces, toilets and a cafe available at the visitor centre.OS Grid Reference: NH 997 097

Start The walk starts from the car park of the Glenmore Forest Visitor Centre. There are disabled parking spaces, toilets and a cafe available at the visitor centre.OS Grid Reference: NH 997 097

Go to the main road and to begin with the trail follows the footway alongside the road. This is wide enough to allow two people to walk side by side.

Width Go to the main road and to begin with the trail follows the footway alongside the road. This is wide enough to allow two people to walk side by side.

There are accessible toilets available along this section.

Accessible toilets There are accessible toilets available along this section.

At the Youth Hostel entrance the path leaves the side of the road and follows its own route. This is a path and a cycleway.

Direction At the Youth Hostel entrance the path leaves the side of the road and follows its own route. This is a path and a cycleway.

The ramp up to the path is no more than about 20m in length and the gradient is about 7% (1:14) at its steepest.

Gradient The ramp up to the path is no more than about 20m in length and the gradient is about 7% (1:14) at its steepest.

There are routes in this area specifically aimed at scooter users. This trail  round Loch Morlich shares some of the same paths but you should not follow these way marks entirely.

Information There are routes in this area specifically aimed at scooter users. This trail round Loch Morlich shares some of the same paths but you should not follow these way marks entirely.

An information board at the start of the cycleway gives information on many walks in Glenmore Forest Park.

Gradient An information board at the start of the cycleway gives information on many walks in Glenmore Forest Park.

There are occasional vehicle barriers on the cycleway but there are gaps either side that are at least 850mm wide.

Width There are occasional vehicle barriers on the cycleway but there are gaps either side that are at least 850mm wide.

The surface of the cycleway is firm and generally stable though there may be some loose material on top in some places.

Surface The surface of the cycleway is firm and generally stable though there may be some loose material on top in some places.

The walk follows the cycleway for about a mile. There are a few undulations along the way. Most are for only 30m or so and gradients are not usually steeper than 7% (1:14). This photograph was taken on a rise with a gradient of about 10% (1:10) for 20m.

Gradient The walk follows the cycleway for about a mile. There are a few undulations along the way. Most are for only 30m or so and gradients are not usually steeper than 7% (1:14). This photograph was taken on a rise with a gradient of about 10% (1:10) for 20m.

Gradient approximately 7% (1:14)

Gradient Gradient approximately 7% (1:14)

Gradient approximately 10% (1:10)

Gradient Gradient approximately 10% (1:10)

Branches may occasionally overhang the path

Clearance Branches may occasionally overhang the path

The cycleway is wide enough for all users

Path The cycleway is wide enough for all users

In parts there may be loose stone on the surface

Surface In parts there may be loose stone on the surface

The path runs parallel to the main road.

Path The path runs parallel to the main road.

At the first junction turn left.

Direction At the first junction turn left.

Cross the road to the entrance to the car park about 50m away. Take care as this road can be busy.

Direction Cross the road to the entrance to the car park about 50m away. Take care as this road can be busy.

At this point you can either go through the car park and picnic area or turn right and follow the road edge. The ramp into the car park has a gradient of about 7.5% (1:13) for about 20m.

Direction At this point you can either go through the car park and picnic area or turn right and follow the road edge. The ramp into the car park has a gradient of about 7.5% (1:13) for about 20m.

A surface drain at the bottom of the ramp could be a tread obstacle./

Surface A surface drain at the bottom of the ramp could be a tread obstacle./

The car park and its picnic area give wonderful views of the Cairngorm mountains.

View The car park and its picnic area give wonderful views of the Cairngorm mountains.

Turn right along the car park. There is a good firm surface throughout.

Direction Turn right along the car park. There is a good firm surface throughout.

At the end of the car park the path becomes narrower and less even.

Surface At the end of the car park the path becomes narrower and less even.

There may not be enough room for two people side by side along this section.

Width There may not be enough room for two people side by side along this section.

Encroaching vegetation further narrows the path in places.

Width Encroaching vegetation further narrows the path in places.

Near the river the path becomes a little bumpy.

Surface Near the river the path becomes a little bumpy.

Turn left as you rejoin  the road.

Direction Turn left as you rejoin the road.

There is a footway along the side of the road.

Surface There is a footway along the side of the road.

The road side path is a little narrow and muddy at one point.

Width The road side path is a little narrow and muddy at one point.

The path from the car par meets the road just before the path turns left over a bridge to go round the loch.

Direction The path from the car par meets the road just before the path turns left over a bridge to go round the loch.

The walk crosses the river by the wide bridge.

Direction The walk crosses the river by the wide bridge.

There is a vehicle barrier at the end of the bridge.  If it is locked wheelchair users and some other people may be restricted by the low bars.There are gaps in the bridge decking wider than 25mm.

Barrier There is a vehicle barrier at the end of the bridge. If it is locked wheelchair users and some other people may be restricted by the low bars.There are gaps in the bridge decking wider than 25mm.

The track beyond is wide and generally level and firm to begin with.

Surface The track beyond is wide and generally level and firm to begin with.

Some loose material is on the surface.

Surface Some loose material is on the surface.

Views are available across Loch Morlich

View Views are available across Loch Morlich

There are occasional potholes but usually there is a way to get round them.

Surface There are occasional potholes but usually there is a way to get round them.

The Loch Morlich circuit  is signed to the left.

Direction The Loch Morlich circuit is signed to the left.

The path narrows a little and become more uneven and muddy in places.

Surface The path narrows a little and become more uneven and muddy in places.

The surface has numerous large stones protruding in places.

Surface The surface has numerous large stones protruding in places.

There are stretches where the path is more even.

Path There are stretches where the path is more even.

This bumpy surface lasts for about a quarter of a mile.

Surface This bumpy surface lasts for about a quarter of a mile.

There are pot holes and puddles in places.

Surface There are pot holes and puddles in places.

The bridge has large (25-50mm) holes between its boards and tree roots stick up 50mm into the path on the far side.

Surface The bridge has large (25-50mm) holes between its boards and tree roots stick up 50mm into the path on the far side.

Turn left as the track joins a wider forest road. Its surface improves but there is a gradient of about 7.5% (1:13) for 70m or so.

Direction Turn left as the track joins a wider forest road. Its surface improves but there is a gradient of about 7.5% (1:13) for 70m or so.

Very good views over the forest to the hills beyond are available from this part of the walk.

View Very good views over the forest to the hills beyond are available from this part of the walk.

Views of the loch are also available

View Views of the loch are also available

The track offers a wide, level and attractive route along the back of the loch.

Path The track offers a wide, level and attractive route along the back of the loch.

The scenery is stunning in all directions.

View The scenery is stunning in all directions.

One of the few seats on the walk offers one of the best views.

Seat One of the few seats on the walk offers one of the best views.

A nice place to sit and rest.

View A nice place to sit and rest.

The path continues as a wide level track, though there may be some loose material on top in some places.

Surface The path continues as a wide level track, though there may be some loose material on top in some places.

A view to savour.

View A view to savour.

None of the gradients on this section are steeper than 7% (1:14)

Gradient None of the gradients on this section are steeper than 7% (1:14)

The loch can still be seen through the trees

View The loch can still be seen through the trees

The wide path continues into the forest but watch out for a path to the left.

Path The wide path continues into the forest but watch out for a path to the left.

The path back to the visitor centre leaves the wide track. Follow the red way marks.

Direction The path back to the visitor centre leaves the wide track. Follow the red way marks.

As the path descends it is loose and stony with a gradient of about 13% (1:7.5) for 30m or so.

Gradient As the path descends it is loose and stony with a gradient of about 13% (1:7.5) for 30m or so.

The loose and stoney surface could be difficult for some people.

Surface The loose and stoney surface could be difficult for some people.

There is a short spur to the waters edge. Stay right for the main path.

Direction There is a short spur to the waters edge. Stay right for the main path.

The path surface becomes more stable but the vegetation make it a lot narrower so that two people may not be able to walk side by side along this section.

Width The path surface becomes more stable but the vegetation make it a lot narrower so that two people may not be able to walk side by side along this section.

Views of the loch are still to be seen.

View Views of the loch are still to be seen.

The path continues like this for about 300m

Path The path continues like this for about 300m

There are further areas of stoney, uneven path

Surface There are further areas of stoney, uneven path

Vegetation occasionally encroaches to narrow the path

Width Vegetation occasionally encroaches to narrow the path

A small irregularity in the surface has occurred where there have been drainage problems.

Surface A small irregularity in the surface has occurred where there have been drainage problems.

The path joins another walk. Follow the red way marks where there are red and white marks together.

Direction The path joins another walk. Follow the red way marks where there are red and white marks together.

The area is more open though tree branches may overhang the path. The path remains much the same for a further 400m.

Clearance The area is more open though tree branches may overhang the path. The path remains much the same for a further 400m.

The may just be enough room for two people to walk side by side in places.

Width The may just be enough room for two people to walk side by side in places.

The are occasional gradients of about 11% (1:9) running for 30m or so.

Gradient The are occasional gradients of about 11% (1:9) running for 30m or so.

Another slope with a gradient of 9% (1:11)

Gradient Another slope with a gradient of 9% (1:11)

Follow the red markers to the right.

Direction Follow the red markers to the right.

There is now a  wider forest track to follow back to the road.

Path There is now a wider forest track to follow back to the road.

Some loose stone covers the track in places.

Surface Some loose stone covers the track in places.

At the main forest track turn left and you are only 200m from the road.

Direction At the main forest track turn left and you are only 200m from the road.

There is a rise about 70m long with gradients from 7% (1:14) to 10% (1:10) but the surface is firm and even.

Gradient There is a rise about 70m long with gradients from 7% (1:14) to 10% (1:10) but the surface is firm and even.

Around the bend the red way mark leads to steps. To avoid these follow the wide track to reach the road.

Direction Around the bend the red way mark leads to steps. To avoid these follow the wide track to reach the road.

The main track reaches the road just above the Haymeadow car park

Path The main track reaches the road just above the Haymeadow car park

Turn left and follow the road for about 400m to get back to the Glenmore Forest Visitor Centre .Take care if cars are parked and force you to walk on the edge of the road.

Direction Turn left and follow the road for about 400m to get back to the Glenmore Forest Visitor Centre .Take care if cars are parked and force you to walk on the edge of the road.

A sign in the Haymeadow car park gives details of walks in the forest park

Information A sign in the Haymeadow car park gives details of walks in the forest park

Path

Continue along the road

Direction Continue along the road

Continue past the entrance to Glenmore Lodge

Direction Continue past the entrance to Glenmore Lodge

As the footway begins the visitor centre can be seen 150m away on the other side of the road.

Direction As the footway begins the visitor centre can be seen 150m away on the other side of the road.

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