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Glen Tilt hills

Avoided the Tarland Show races by biking from the Linn of Dee to the top of Glen Tilt then running (well, sort of) the two hills to the east and west of the watershed. I’ve not been up these hills before. There is a fabulous view down Glen Tilt from Sron a’Bhoididh, much the lower of the two but very steep sided. Sron a’Bhoididh means Point of Swearing. I think they mean taking an oath, rather than cursing, but it is very steep. The whole trip took about 3 hours 30, divided equally between running and biking.

A good route up Benaquhallie

If you think Benaquhallie is boggy and horrid, take this route. Go left immediately after the gate (it looks like an impenetrable bank of gorse, but there are ways through) and follow the fence line all the way round to the top. No bog, a decent path and lots of flowers in the meadows on your left. Lovely, at least on a sunny day. You could probably do it by bike as well.

two hills by bike

No-one seems to like Green Hill – try this route. Just took 37 mins and I wasn’t trying. Easy ride to the edge of the trees then quite a lot harder (too hard for me today). Great views from the top and an easy ride down. Went on to Hill of Fare and on the way towards Torphins saw a track heading in roughly the right direction so thought I’d see if I could ride it. And I could, more or less. A fire road (not marked on the map) goes to the edge of the trees then there is a path up the hill to join the bigger track marked on the map. Then it is an easy ride to the challenge point. Nearly all rideable up and easy back down. There’s probably a good running circuit to be done from here – there were other paths through the heather.

Creag Ghiubhais

A short evening walk when the weather had finally improved. Started near the quarry on the south Deeside road and made the mistake of following the lovely green track round the hill. Much better just to head straight up which avoids the worst of the heather. Came down this way. This is one of my favourite small hills in Deeside – the pine trees at the top are all small and gnarled, and there are great views in all directions. Only took 40mins.

eagles and seagulls

While the serious runners were at Slioch, K and I had a gentle walk around Lamahip and Craig Lash. Started just west of the Bucket mill where there is space to park by a track which according to the map only goes a short way – don’t believe the map round here. It actually goes all the way to Finlets Cairn where it becomes the path marked on the map. The northward extension of this on the other hand, doesn’t really exist. On the way up the (rather steep) path we saw what I think was a white tailed eagle circling over the woods. It was far too big to be anything other than an eagle, and had a white head and (I think) a white tail. I’ve never seen one over here but I know some were reintroduced to the east coast. Whatever it was, it was huge. Carried on to Corybeg then Lamahip. There have always been lots of seagulls here, strange so far from water. There is a track to the top, but the start isn’t easy to spot, and it isn’t very good. Back to Corybeg, then straight down the hill, through the gate in the fence and on to Craig Lash. Took the track south west from the summit, over the other top, then followed other tracks, some good, some not so good, down the Burn of Finlets to the road. Very nice woodland around here. I’ve seen capercaillie here in the past, but not for a few years. From the car we went down to the ford and K went to point 82. I didn’t want to get my feet wet and I’ve already done it so I didn’t bother to wade the river.

Above loch Muick

Biked in with Kathy from the Loch Muick car park to the Glas-Allt Sheil, then walked up to the waterfall. From just above the waterfall left the path and made our way via Loch Buidhe to the Dubh Loch. Mostly easy going, with a lot of grass rather than heather, and a spectacular view down to Loch Muick. I’d never been up here before and it was interesting to see the hills from a different angle. Very bleak though – it felt like the glaciers had only just left. Not much sign of spring this high but the trees are green around Loch Muick, and there are a lot more of them than there used to be. Definitely a good route, and an easy way of getting two points. Only 8km with 340m climb.

Cnoc Dubh

20 of us raced up cp70 last night before the AGM. Results:
Dave H – 25:31
Steph – 25:33
Dirk – 25:34
Jamie – 25:36
Dave C – 26:19
Andy – 26:20
Miles – 28:28
Trevor – 29:23
Sam – 29:28
Katie – 30:18
Warren – 31:07
Amandine – 31:43
Dave O – 33:53
Patrick – 34:47
Clare – 35:12
Jeff – 36:04
Evelyn -36:06
Joe – 37:11
Kathy – 38:45
Duncan – no time because he went off to the boardwalk before the start. Derek – marshall.

three hills in the woods

Biked up Hill of Goauch with Kathy from Shooting Greens with the intention of carrying on down to the river, but Kathy got a stick in her gears on the way down and broke the hanger for the rear mech, so we had to walk back to the car. The hill is in a lovely bit of old pine wood surrounded by the Blackhall plantation. There are also lots of mountain bike trails there, some of which are really nice, some very muddy, and some horribly scary. Usually you don’t know which kind you are on until too late. We went home and had lunch, then decided to make up for the morning by walking two easy points from Potarch. There is a marked trail up the hill in Craigmore wood, but you have to find the trail before you will find the map or any of the markings. We did it clockwise so had almost finished before we came across the map, and all the arrows pointed where we had just come from. After you get off the fire roads the hill top is rather nice, but the track to get there is very long, very straight and very stony. Went on to Ord More in Sluie woods. Another nice bit of woodland (at least at the top) with lots of little crags and a feeling of remoteness only spoiled by motor bikers throwing themselves off the said crags.

Easy day up Glen Gairn – photos

Photos from our day out

1 – view up the Gairn
2 – Tom Breac
3 – Cnoc Chalmac

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