No Turning Back Until We Reach The ‘Falls Of Glomach’

Monday 14th July – Sunday 20th July

Not a great deal to say about our working week other than business as usual. For a few nights our tent field was completely full with a mix of solo tenters, a group of ten German tenters and some teenagers undertaking their ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ Award which entailed, once they had spent a night of luxury with us, spending four days of gruelling walking in the mountains and sleeping either in their tents on the mountains or in ‘Bothy’s’ if they were lucky !! The tent field was full but there was no late night noisy drinking sessions and it really is a nice atmosphere watching all the tenters return in the evening from whatever daytime activities they had been engaged in, gathering under the communal ‘gazebo’ preparing their food and chattering. I occasionally take a walk around the site in the evening, when we are the Duty Wardens, just before we close the office and check that everyone is okay, the Motorhomers and Caravanners seconded on their own spacious gravel hard standing pitches, some sat inside their vans whilst others may be sat outside enjoying the early evening sunshine with pre-dinner aperitifs, some with BBQ coals getting hot, ready to accept the variety of meats that will sizzle upon them and the smells will waft across the site, others with meals already prepared and ready to be devoured. I always have a bit of banter with them, many offer a glass of wine or beer but I respectfully decline telling them that I am on duty, if I accepted the ‘refreshments’ I would be well inebriated by the time I returned to the office !! Perhaps I should take the evening walk when I am not on ‘Duty Warden’ !!

On Wednesday we spent our afternoon off confined to barracks due to the weather, let’s just say that the wet stuff was ‘persistently’ falling. However, our full day off on Thursday was forecast to be cloudy, dry and warm, a perfect day for walking. We were awoken early due to our ‘German’ group of tenters dismantling all their tents and gathering up their equipment. It was as forecast, cloudy, warm and more importantly it was dry so we decided that today would be the day to do the walk to the ‘Falls of Glomach‘. Our guide notes stated that it was a medium to hard walk that would take between 6-8 hours to complete so we needed to get our picnic lunch sorted, flask of coffee made and an extra bottle of juice. The mandatory binoculars and camera were readied along with the hiking poles and then time to put on the walking boots and hit the trail. I cannot say that either of us were convinced that we really wanted to put ourselves through what was going to be, in parts, a painful exertion, but it was on our ‘To Do’ list and with just seven weeks remaining it was now or never……………..

A good start, at least we were headed in the right direction !!

A good start, at least we were headed in the right direction

After walking up our first gentle incline she said "I thought it would have been an easier start". I replied "This is the easy bit" !!

After walking up our first gentle incline she said “I thought it would have been an easier start”. I replied “This is the easy bit” !!

Nice Waterfall but not the one we were walking to.

Nice Waterfall but not the one we were walking to.

And another one, but not ours !!

And another one, but not ours !!

Now that looks more like it, but no ! Not the one we are heading for.

Now that looks more like it, but no ! Not the one we are heading for.

Just look at those views !!

Just look at those views !!

It was gruelling getting up to this point on the mountain, this was one of the better footpaths we followed but we were only about one third of the way !!

It was gruelling getting up to this point on the mountain, this was one of the better footpaths we followed but we were only about one-third of the way !!

The river in the valley below us that cuts it's way through the mountains.

The river in the valley below us that cuts its way through the mountains.

Our first glimpse of the wild deer that roam freely on these mountains. These were on the mountain opposite the one we were walking along so I was quite pleased at the quality as these were taken on a long 'zoom'.

Our first glimpse of the wild deer that roam freely on these mountains. These were on our side of the mountain but way down in the valley below so I was pleased with the quality of the photographs taken on long zoom !!

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Then they picked up our scent

Then they picked up our scent

And they didn't hang about..........

And they didn’t hang about……….

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Enough of the wildlife spotting, they were gone and we needed to get a bit of a 'wiggle' on but at least we were now on a bit of a flattish stretch.

Enough of the wildlife spotting, they were gone and we needed to get a bit of a ‘wiggle’ on and we still had a lot of climbing ahead of us !! Come on Shazza, nearly there……………………….. NOT !!

Nope, not this waterfall either !!

Nope, not this waterfall either !!

See, it wasn't that bad was it ? Or perhaps I'm not reading your body language accurately !!!

See, it wasn’t that bad was it ? Or perhaps I’m not reading your body language accurately !!!

Have I used those words "Absolutely Stunning" before ?

Have I used those words “Absolutely Stunning” before ?

I am sure that our 'Waterfall' is just over the next rise !!

I am sure that our ‘Waterfall’ is just over the next rise !!

And through this valley ? No my beloved, those pile of rocks are not marking graves where other's have fallen !!

And through this valley ? No my beloved, those pile of rocks are not marking graves where other’s have fallen !!

And then a sign that we were nearing our destination, below us the sound of a fast flowing river.

And then a sign that we were nearing our destination, below us the sound of a fast flowing river. And yes, I know we have climbed upwards but yes I do believe the waterfall is down this rather steep descent !!

Oh yes ! It may not look much from here but this is the view from the top of 'our' waterfall. We have made it, three hours but here we are at the 'Falls of Glomach'

Oh yes ! It may not look much from here but this is the view from the top of ‘our’ waterfall. We have made it, three hours but here we are at the ‘Falls of Glomach’

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The start of the 'cascade' as it flows towards the edge.

The start of the ‘cascade’ as it flows towards the edge.

But first, time for a 'small' snack !!

But first, time for a ‘small’ snack !!

How can I describe this, stood on a mountain at the top of a waterfall having lunch.............. Absolutely bloody magnificent !!

How can I describe this, stood on a mountain at the top of a waterfall having lunch………….. Absolutely bloody magnificent !!

And it's amazing what else you find up here !!

And it’s amazing what else you find up here !!

So, wee little snackeroonie devoured, time to get some shots of these falls. No tourist viewing areas up here just wet slippery rocks and a sheer drop if I get it wrong. "If I fall Shazza, save the camera, the blog must go on......"

So, wee little snackeroonie devoured, time to get some shots of these falls. No tourist viewing areas up here just wet slippery rocks and a sheer drop if I get it wrong. “If I fall Shazza, save the camera, the blog must go on……”

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Oh yes ! And Dave came too !!

Oh yes ! And Dave came too !!

Have I mentioned that you can see for miles up here !!

Have I mentioned that you can see for miles up here !!

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And that was that, we had succeeded in our mission but now the walk back, yes we had climbed up but we had also made a few descents so it wasn’t quite going to be all downhill. I have shown most of the scenery so it is much of the same on the return leg. We did however see more Herds of Deer on the opposite face of the mountain that really did test the capabilities of my camera, and a steady hand with a fully extended zoom !!

Just to give some perspective, the mountain on the opposite side of the ridge is where the Deer were grazing.

Just to give some perspective, the mountain on the opposite side of the ridge is where the Deer were grazing.

Got some in my sights !!

Got some in my sights !!

Just a little bit closer !

Just a little bit closer !

Quick re-fill from Mum and then.......

Quick re-fill from Mum and then…….

Back to a spot of carefree frolicking !

Back to a spot of carefree frolicking !

It didnt seem it didn't seem as arduous on the return leg although this time it was the knees acting as brakes that took some punishment. It was good to see this because...............

It didn’t seem  as arduous on the return leg although this time it was the knees acting as brakes that took some punishment. It was good to see this because……………

This bridge marked the fact that we were nearly at the end of our long hard walk.

This bridge marked the fact that we were nearly at the end of our long hard walk.

That really is a fake smile, Shazza really was suffering but by the next day, when she couldn't feel her legs, let alone move them, I am sure she will feel elated that she completed the walk in a very impressive Six and a Half hours !!!!!!

That really is a fake smile, Shazza really was suffering but by the next day, when she couldn’t feel her legs, let alone move them, I am sure she will feel elated that she completed the walk in a very impressive Six and a Half hours !!!!!!

We were just driving back to the campsite, we just happened to mention that it was a pity that we hadn’t seen any Stags when………………….

As if someone had heard us..........one was impressive but...........

As if someone had heard us……….one was impressive but………..

Three of them, all stood and facing the camera ready......!!

Three of them, all stood and facing the camera ready……!!

And what a photo to finish with !!

And what a photo to finish with !!

So, it has been a few weeks since our last real ‘expedition’ and lack of stunning scenic photographs but these I trust will make up for that.

Sunday 20th July 2014, it is 8.30pm and we have just finished booking in our last campers for today. I am sat on the doorstep of 'Big Momma' enjoying a 'cold beer' looking out upon this view...............

Sunday 20th July 2014, it is 8.30pm and we have just finished booking in our last campers for today. I am sat on the doorstep of ‘Big Momma’ enjoying a ‘cold beer’ looking out upon this view……………

As we have now completed our Eleventh week and enter our last seven weeks in this beautiful place time is ticking away like a runaway steam train………….talking of which, we still have the ‘Hogwarts Express’ to do as well as trying to fit in a Kayaking adventure so we haven’t quite finished this part of our adventure just yet………………………….

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19 Responses to No Turning Back Until We Reach The ‘Falls Of Glomach’

  1. Pat says:

    hi ya big momma
    we are coming to scotland for August, we might pop in and see you if were up your way, we are planning to do some of the islands.

    glad youre enjoying the job, the life, and the scenery.

    Pat

  2. John Strange says:

    Nice one mate, take care

  3. coolasluck says:

    Nice photos eric.

  4. DebsK says:

    Absolutely awesome Eric, proud of both of you, that smile looked like a grimace from Sharon!! Hope the legs have recovered … enjoy your week x

  5. Mel Potter says:

    I’m trying to remember if you’ve mentioned what camera you use for the blog Eric?

    • Canon Powershot SX30 IS with HD 35x Optical Zoom

      • Mel Potter says:

        Ah I have the Canon Powershot SX260 HS GPS Digital Camera – Black (12.1 MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3.0 Inch LCD. It’s a compact rather than a prosumer like yours. I’ve big expectations of it but I also get some great shots with smartphones. I’m at flickr.com/melpotter

        • Hi Mel, I am not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination and most of my photo’s, especially the long distance ones, if they come out good, are more by sheer good fortune than any photographic prowess :0) Sometimes I use my iPhone or iPad and they take superb photo’s depending on subject matter and distance :0) I won’t tell you how many I actually delete when previewing !!!!!

  6. Great photos Eric. Could i ask what kind of camera you use???

  7. anteater (jean) says:

    I’m still loving your photos, thanks for posting!

  8. Wandering star says:

    How come you get such great animal piccies? All I get is their docks(bottoms) as they run away.

  9. Debs says:

    Brilliant Photos Eric…….. wow what a Walk !!!! worth it though for the Views Deer and Waterfall simply Stunning 🙂

    • Hi Debs, wondered where you had got to, not heard from you recently, must be busy at work eh ! Will need to check in with you nearer our departure time as we will be coming to Swindon again on our way down to the ferry, I will need a haircut but need to check when you are doing your No.2’s !! lol

  10. Debs says:

    Hi Eric……. yeah work has been pretty nuts……. but i always find time to read what you are both getting up to… I think i was running a week behind !!! It would be great to see you both if your passing through Swindon look forward to sorting it out nearer the time 🙂

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