LeJog Day#23 Cairngorms National Park
Posted On April 23, 2021
Today I entered Cairngorms National Park and rode for about 70 kilometers reaching the 80% barrier of my total journey, meaning I got one more tree planted (yeah!).
For those starting to follow me, the Conqueror Events platform I’m using for the challenge is planting (through a partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects) one tree every 20% milestone of my journey meaning I already had 4 trees planted in total yet.
Below you will find a summary of the place and its main characteristics.
Cairngorms National Park has been established in 2003, it was the second of two national parks established by the Scottish Parliament, after Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, which was set up in 2002. The park covers the Cairngorms range of mountains, and surrounding hills. Already the largest national park in the United Kingdom, in 2010 it was expanded into Perth and Kinross increase its surface to 4,528 square kilometre with only 18,000 people living in the area.
The mountain range of the Cairngorms lies at the heart of the national park, but forms only one part of it, alongside other hill ranges. Cairngorms themselves are a spectacular landscape having a large area of upland plateau. The range consists of three main plateaux at about 1000–1200 m above sea level, above which domed summits (the eroded stumps of once much higher mountains rise to around 1300 m.
The Cairngorm mountains provide a unique alpinesemi-tundramoorland habitat, home to many rare plants, birds and animals. Speciality bird species on the plateaux include breeding ptarmigan, dotterel, snow bunting, golden eagle, ring ouzel, and red grouse. Mammal species include red deer and mountain hare, as well as the only herd of reindeer in the British Isles.