Long Goat, Cat Law and Crandard loop (Wed 07/04/21)

Brief Description

After suffering horrendous back pains from my Glen Lethnot walk last Friday, which I feel I did over do, I was keen to get back to do another ascent, but not too long a walk. I also knew that if on Long Goat the pain got too bad, that I could take the Southerly track off Long Goat back to the Glen.





Time Taken




OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

44: Ballater & Glen Clova

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)


Car Parking

At RHS off main road driving North, about 1km North of the Muir of Pearsie. Space for 2-3 cars at a push. There is a red metal gate of hill side of the road just 10m back from the parking space.

Start Point

The red metal gate of hill side of the road just 10m back from the above parking space.

Walk Description

. A steep climb to the top of Long Goat. Stopped for a snack and a coffee. Although the start of April, it was like a winters day and I was sorry I never had winter trousers or winter gloves on. I had to put on the micro fleece over my waterproof during the stop, but decided now that I was up high and it was a NW wind, to put the fleece under the waterproof for the remainder of the high top walk. Only a slight drop before another steep climb, albeit not too far up Cat Law.

Route Details

Through red gate and a short walk to a 2nd red gate leading to open hillside. Continue to top of Long Goat. A slight drop from long Goat then steep climb to top of Cat Law, following the fence on your RHS. Drop off south from Cairns to pick up on a track that continues to the Crandard. A long and steep descent in places from the Crandard to the glen.

OS Map

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Ascent Profile

Notes on Back Pain

Although not any worse than from when I started the walk, I did feel that my back was starting to tire on the descent from the Crandard. Update 08/04/21: Stiff and achy the day after, but nothing like the horrendous pains from the previous walk.

Long Goat, Cat Law and Crandard loop (Monday 22/03/21)

Route time approx: 4 hours.
Distance: 11.3km
Total ascent: 498m

Having walked Long Goat and Cat Law many times over the years then back to the car by the same route, I have never felt up to tackling the slightly longer circular walk that takes in the Crandard, then dropping to the glen and following a track that end on the main road opposite the ‘Muir of Pearsie’. I was up to the challenge this time though.
From Cat Law there is no direct path that allows you to pick up the track that runs South of Cat Law leading to the Crandard and is is necessary to take a direct bearing and walk through the grass/heather.
The drop from the Crandard is quite relentless, but once back to the glen it is easy going all the way back to the car.

I noted some times along the way….

  • Started at 9.10.
  • At the top of Cat Law for 10.45.
  • Left Cat Law at 11.10.
  • Left Crandard at 11.38.
  • Back at car for 13.02.
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