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.
Up the track from Craiglash quarry then wandered about in the higher and nicest bits of Sluie woods enjoying the terrain. Visited the cairn a couple of times. The longer the bracken holds off the better!
Took a fine bike tour with Clare, via the river in Blackhall to find Trustach (CP 62), then on to Potarch and Craigmore Wood (88). Finally, up towards Craiglash quarry to get the Ordmore CP (91), via the intriguingly named ‘Warlock’s stone’ : alter-like but not many virgins or goats for a sacrificial spell round here? Alan
Lovely sunny run up Craigmore wood and Ord More from Potties.
On my way to meet friends for a walk on the Cairn o’ Mount, I stopped at the Potarch car park to go up Ord More. I walked right round the track until I came to the Warlock’s Stone, then went up a convenient track. Nothing much to see at the summit, but the surprise was the abundant bird life. I saw blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, chaffinch, wren, bullfinch, crossbill, siskin, great tit, jay, and on the loch, mallard. teal and dabchick. Much better than Invercauld!
Parked at the green at Potties and headed first up to the trig point in Craigmore Wood. Took the orienteers line up the hill from the track to the north and back with a small detour to look at the terrain within the deer-fenced block. Then across the road and up into Sluie. Once again took the orienteers line up to the top of Ord More then came back by the 4wd ruts. Just an hour at an easy pace for both points.
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!
No running til later but 3 dogs needed walking and J had the afternoon free. Chance to kill 3 birds with one stone,though not sure if visiting points at slow strolling pace is ok to a running club event. Over to the event committee (fuehrer?) on that 1. Ord More is a great name for a hill and one I had never even noticed, though seem to remember checking the rapids and meeting a club runner disguised as an Orienteer at an event she was helping with, and seem to remember her saying it was at least a annual event with competitors of all ages and abilities so my guess is I might be alone in Deeside Runners who do not know the hill well.
The track headed off as expected and we chose to bear left at first junction. The next junction led to a quagmire of a track so we continued. First mini track led to a bog and then the main track started downhill. So off into the woods heading up hill. The big dog was having a whale of a time while the small one in frustration was proving a constant pull on the lead. (recovering leg injury means we don’t let him run free as well). After a while first one then a second summit were reached. no views except trees and pressure was on to turn back. Why not have some tea and I will scout round for Trig, it must be here somewhere.
The only way was gently down before a steepening led to the summit. From hear laziness made me yell, and best say it was a while before we met up again and now new walks will have to be checked to make sure the tracks are pleasant and the summits offer a view or 2.
Ah well what’s next?