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CP60 Hill of Candacraig

21/03/21Derek & EvelynCP60 Hill of CandacraigIs it Spring now? The sun was certainly shining today for a run up Candacraig.  Followed the track as high as possible before contouring around onto the ridge for the short final ascent.  Took the straight line off.Courie Courie at Cambus is open at weekends giving us a lunch stop on the way home.

CP40 The Prince’s Stone & CP37 Creag Doin

CP40 The Prince’s Stone & CP37 Creag Doin.
Derek & Evelyn

How are you on collective nouns?  Today we’ve seen an army of ants and also an army of frogs, though the latter may have been a knot of toads.Looking back at the 2015 challenge, we took what I think was Warren’s route on the way out.  Lots of frogs and spawn on a puddly track but a good climbing track.The final track up to the Prince’s stone was as surprisingly tough as I remember.Hugging the contour line got us close to Creag Doin before the final wee climb.  Then heather-bashing down to the very wet footpath and then main track back.Weather absolutely lovely.

CP80 The Socach

Derek & Evelyn

As an alternative to coming in from the Tarland side, we took this mtb/run route from the Alford side.  There is a big track rising to the mast on Scar Hill and this has been “improved” for recent logging making an easy ride – except for the small patch of snow.Left the bikes at the end of the trees at the fence line. The route up to Socach is bikeable in the other direction but too loose for us to bother from this side so we just walked up.  No Cairn or any other indicator but some lovely views.Just north of where we parked is “Confunderland” farm.  What a lovely word to roll around in the mouth.

CP63 Craig Vallich and CP64 Cairn Leuchan

Derek. & Evelyn

Always up for a bit of wading uphill through heather, we did Craig Vallich first. If that isn’t your thing then do Cairn Leuchan first letting you descend through the heather off Craig Vallich. The main track is like motorway with lots of evidence of people cycling to the top. A few patches of soft snow still lying.