A wet run to Morven Lodge from the A939.
With Ben, Tracey and Chris from pretty much Bridge of Gairn up the track via Abergairn – great Lochnagar views – rejoining the road to Lary. Then we followed the landrover track up to Morven Lodge (cp52).
A lengthy stop and one of Ben’s toffees in the sunshine before retracing steps back to the track heading up Peter’s Hill. Took this up a beast of a steep climb but more great views from the top. Easy run from there to the top of Candacraig (cp53) before dropping back down SE through less easy tussocky grass to hit the track. From there joined the outward track and headed back to the layby.
Really nice social run.
Sun 17th May
Parked about 1.5 k before Lary, to even out the tarmac running at start and end of run. Ran out to Morven Lodge and then up the track to Peter’s Hill, and then followed the track across to Hill of Candacraig, where I found an orange handled bow saw in the heather with well rusted blade. Not one for walking past litter, it was duly carried off the hill! Wonderful view up Glengairn – see photo.
Descended due SE over the ruined Glenbardy settlement, and picked up the Glenbardy Burn track to the road – good descent route.
Ankle been playing up so fancied a gentle run. The track up the dale of Lerry Burn was indeed gentle. From the Lodge continue return back down the valley for a bit before crossing the river and heading gently up to the Hill of Candacraig. Descent by the east ridge to cross river and short climb back to the road.
Unlike Marie, who said she hadn’t been here before, we remember cycling up here soon after we returned to Scotland (back in 1997) and bumping into Pat Donald at the Lodge. This time we were on foot but this does form the basis of several biking options – a great day out. Maybe an opportunity for someone to resurrect the Deeside Runners picnic.
As you can see in the photo: 10 seconds wasn’t quite enough for Ev to get from camera, around fence and into position. “more steam McPhail” (who can identify quote?)
I parked at Lary and headed to Morven Lodge where I never been before. I think I took a similar route to that described by Sarah and Jon except from Candacraig I headed south to the landrover track where there were huge frogs in very small puddles. I heard the frogs before I saw them. I then had to run back along the road and total distance was almost 9 miles. In the afternoon went for a cycle with the family and dragged them up Ord More, the wind had died down by then and it was a lovely temperature. Bring on the summer!
Parked at Lary and headed up the big track to reach Morven Lodge in barely 20′. From there we climbed onto the spur leading to Peter Hill following big vehicle tracks all the way. The wind was behind us on the first part of the climb making for a relatively easy climb. We turned off the track to cut onto the spur leading to Hill of Candacraig, putting up a hare that looked very white against the brown heather. There were a few other spots of white on the hillside but they didn’t appear quite so mobile. From the top of Candacraig we descended fairly directly to where we’d left the car through some pretty rough bouldery stuff, making for slower progress than on the climb.72′, 10.5km
Having approached Morven Lodge from Lary on a number of occasions, I decided to go further up Glen Gairn and come in from Glen Fenzie this time. It’s a decent track, and you get a better view of the area around the remains of the lodge by coming in from above. I spotted a mountain hare, a buzzard and a kestrel.
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