Cairngorms Loop, sept /Oct okay?

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Cairngorms Loop, sept /Oct okay?

Post by Asposium » Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:14 am

Looking to ride the Cairngorms loop in late September or early October.
Either on my own or with a friend over a week.
Is the route rideable this time of year?
Thinking mainly bracken and ticks.
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Re: Cairngorms Loop, sept /Oct okay?

Post by ScotRoutes » Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:19 am

Bracken and ticks will be less of a problem in late Sept/Oct than it is now. Midge numbers should be a lot lower, especially if we miss a 3rd hatch and/or we get a few colder nights.

I can't really see other problems other than the usual weather ones. I did it 20th Sept last year. Rivers were low, I had hardly a cloud all the way round. Other than a stonking headwind I'd say it was ideal.

Early snowfall can't be ruled out but it wouldn't persist.

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Re: Cairngorms Loop, sept /Oct okay?

Post by Asposium » Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:26 am

Thanks
Much appreciated

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Re: Cairngorms Loop, sept /Oct okay?

Post by ScotRoutes » Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:33 am

Don't hesitate to contact me nearer the time for an update on conditions.

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Re: Cairngorms Loop, sept /Oct okay?

Post by Dean » Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:50 pm

I did it two year ago in the last week of September; I had 20c sun and blue skies the first day then freezing wind from Loch Builg then thick frost and snow when I stopped at Braemar campsite (thin ski gloves were appreciated).

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Re: Cairngorms Loop, sept /Oct okay?

Post by whitestone » Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:55 pm

See what the reports from the group start on the 12th come back with :-bd
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Re: Cairngorms Loop, sept /Oct okay?

Post by Asposium » Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:34 pm

Dean wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:50 pm
I did it two year ago in the last week of September; I had 20c sun and blue skies the first day then freezing wind from Loch Builg then thick frost and snow when I stopped at Braemar campsite (thin ski gloves were appreciated).
Sounds typically Scottish

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