Legend has it that cattle were driven up to this valley to hide them. I find it rather hard to believe, as the going would be rather difficult in many places for such large animals.
This really was a pretty wonderful walk. During a break in the (awful) weather that looked like it might hold for more than five minutes, I decided to try and make an ascent up the Hidden Valley and Stob Coire nan Lochan, an 1115m "Munro" peak. Bear in mind that I started walking at about 4.30pm (with sunset at 8.30pm), and I tend to walk at a rather stop-start pace as I am easily distracted by things to see and photograph.
Well, I didn't quite make it to the top. I was about 100m below the summit (which was totally covered in cloud cover anyway, so I wouldn't have had a view!), and I decided to turn back as I knew I would be out in darkness and the weather was turning bad again.
Still, it was beautiful. A wonderful walk up the Hidden Valley, with water pouring off every side. Calm in the valley itself, and then a scramble up the far end towards the peak. The weather was dramatic. I will be back.
|The track starts upwards.|
|It is like a rainforest in here, with all the water.|
|Coming to the top of the climb into the valley, and it flattens out very quickly.|
|Note the people pitching tent on the right. (I did think about commenting that any heavy rain during the night might wash them away.. but figured that was their business..)|
|The path keeps on going up.|
|I turned around and there they were. And, fortunately, finally a justification for having dragged my telephoto lens up with me!|
|They apparently spend the summer months up on the mountain tops, as it is quieter, and there are less insects.|
|Making their way off.|
|Saw this little chap hopping around.|
|These photos don't really give a sense of how dark it already was.|
|Looking back up at the Three Sisters, following morning.|