I haven’t been posting my CP’s so thought it was time to get them recorded so I get my mug for reaching 50! Most were done with the kids over the summer. One of the most memorable was my daughter encountering an adder on Tom Anthon, I have never seen her move as fast. Clais Fhearnaig is a beautiful spot, I can’t imagine going there if it wasn’t for the CP and I will definitely go back.
So the CP’s I have done over the last few months are: Lamahip, River Dee (by Shooting Greens), Brackloch Craig, Fog House, Creag Choinich, Colonel’s Bed, Tom Anthon, Claus Fhearnaig, Benaquhaillie.
Parked on the Forest of Birse road and followed the tracks to the top. Sea Gulls flying round. Picnic lunch on the top with Sarah and Panda. Back to the car ,just missing torrential rain. Sunday 21 st June. [JaneO,SarahO]
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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.
To Birse, starting up the track in the open ground a mile or more beyond the Bucket Mill, to ascend Lamahip. The weather was just spectacular as I headed up through the pines, and easily found the old track mentioned in an earlier blog to reach the summit. There were lots of common gulls around, plus black grouse, jay, song thrush and wren.
From Corsedardar memorial on the wet paths to start with..they always seem to be so up here…then the forest tracks up to the Caper enclosure. Brilliant day on the top of Craig Lash and a bonus is that most of the higher heather is avoidable.
Back down to the wall; follow along it getting the feet wet and follow its line up Cory Beg. Again really short cropped heather. Took the landrover track down towards Lamship, branching off right on a very indistinct track that goes all the way to the summit cairn. A great day for views from these hills.
Headed north down the very rocky slope (in places) to the landrover track that twists and turns all the way to the Murley road turnoff. Decided to take in the top of Arntilly Wood on the way back to the car.
Having come up onto Craig Lash via land-rover track, it is tempting (we were) to continue off the hill via the same track going west. However this soon fizzles out and leaves you stranded. Probably better to leave the hill going north and picking up the track going west alongside the drystane dyke.
We eventually came out at a large gate at NO565 921. Couldn’t see any obvious trail beyond here so turned north on east side of fence to NO564 923 where there is a small gate. Getting west from here is still heathery but fewer trees.
Eventually arrived at track junction at NO561 921 and kept going west looking for a way up onto Lamahip through the deep heather.
At NO558 922 there is a very old vehicle track going all the way to the top, much better. Part way up, a recently fallen tree obscures the sharp left turn in the track.
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Parked half way along Glencat and ran out to the farm at the end. Then up the track towards Forest of Birse, turning left at the top towards Lamahip. From Lamahip continued over Corybeg to Craiglash and then back down to Glencat by the track past Murley. Nice morning but felt a cold westerly wind when out of the trees. Saw lapwing down in the glen and a weasel on the drive there.
On this day, 2 windproofs were barely enough, but a great tailwind from mudlee bracks to lamahip (the top of lamahip is surprisingly easy to miss in poor visibility – if it wasn’t for Steph and Andy’s photos I’d not have kept looking for the cairn).
mudlee bracks 15 Feb 2015
lamahip 15 Feb 2015
Friday 13th Feb
Great loop route to run, shame about the visibility – with only about 100m, it wasn’t at all obvious where the top was on Craig Lash. Thanks to GPS, was able to confirm I had been in the right place afterwards!
Still enough snow about to show up quad bike tracks that were reassuring. Lovely descent off north side of Lamahip down to Balogie end of Glencat. Here is a GPX download from my Garmin – hope it works
Balogie-woods north of Finzean house; up track towards Craiglash, taking a left about 500m after the big gate. Follow tracks westwards off Craiglash. Cross through large fence, head westwards until landrover track heading north. Take left to Lamahip.
Misty view of the Cairn on Lamahip