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82. Laird’s Burn Ford NO 572 908

Hares haring all over the shop

From Finzean sawmill with Calum and Kirsty.

Sunny intervals day. Nice temperatures for a good hill run.

Up the Peter Hill track and along the top to cp81 – Baudnacauner. Grouse shooting going on somewhere southwards. Then down the long spur, bounding through the deep purple heather, startling all the hares, down to cp82 and the Lairds Burn ford.

Short return along the road to the sawmill.

Fun day

Lairds Burn Ford

Parked at Woodend and went down the track to the West of the house. Crossed the Water of Feugh on a very nice foot bridge and headed West on a very pleasant riverside path to the Lairds Burn Ford . Crossed over on the plank and continued alongside the burn going South and found the bridge. At this point went up the bank to find the track going up to Baudnacauner.

Sent from my Fire


Stopped off on way home for a jog not quite as short as hoped for. May not have been very quick on The Birnham Hill race on Saturday, and congrats to all those who were, but legs never been so stiff on following day and not great today. Somewhat dissappointed not to find foot brdge on map so ford was waded and cp 82 collected with ease. All went well with hill till near summit when peat took over and pace slowed to crawl. Possibly the only uncairned top around….or was I in the wrong place?

Tried a different descent but even less easy to run on and was pleased to get to van as the heavens opened.


In Birse

To the sawmill, and along the burn to the Laird’s Burn Ford, with my Wednesday walking companions. Thanks to Stan Forbes for the photo. Up the glen and through the heather to Baudnacauner, then back over the side of Peter Hill. Be warned, the track shown down the Garrol Burn does not exist. Not many birds, just a dipper and a pair of goosander on the burn, and some black grouse on the hill.

Laird’s Burn Ford

On our way back from Mudlee Bracks and Mount Battock. Although thoroughly worn out, we decided to stop at the roadside and wade across the Feugh as the shortest route to cp82. Looks more like a bridge than ford to us so hopefully this is the right place.

Someone has built a road up Mount Battock!

Started from the end of the road near Birse Castle and ran up the Fungle to the fence at the high point. From here there is a trod on the north side which makes it quite easy to get to the first point of the day (Mudlee Bracks). From here you will see that on the other side of the fence is a major road. Not sure where it comes from, but it leads all the way to half way up Mount Battock, where it turns off to Wester Cairn. Makes the running a lot easier, but isn’t exactly pretty. From Mount Battock took Donald’s advice and a more or less direct route to Baudnacauner, which is very good running all the way to the end of the track on Cock Hill, then there is a mown track past some shooting butts which takes you most of the way down to the burn. From there to the top of the hill is not so good, and the first part of the descent to the Laird’s Burn is horrible. Gets much better when you reach the track. Forded the Feugh near the challenge point and had a 4km run back to the car, the less said about which the better. Very tired by the end. Took 3.08, 24km, 1000m climbing. Mostly very good running, but the bits that weren’t, really weren’t.

Wet and Boggy

Set off from the Sawmill at Finzean up the track to Peter Hill. From here dropped down following one of the burns to Water of Aven. Then up the other side onto the shoulder named Cock Hill to join the track. Here we originally planned to continue up the track to Battock, but rain, sleet, wind and poor viz meant we turned back early heading back down to the river and then up onto Baudnacauner. We descended to the ford at Lairds Burn using the very well placed plank from previous visitors (we missed the bridge too) before returning to the sawmill.

Should have worn crampons

Lots of ice on the path to the Laird’s Burn from Finzean sawmill. Using an old plank, I improvised a fantastic homemade bridge to cross the burn… then 30m higher up found the large and very functional bridge crossing.
A bit of a slog up Baudnacauner, which has an utterly unspectacular summit, awash in a sea of heather. Home via Peter’s Hill to make a good loop. Alan

challenge 2015

Blogging is not my thing, but here’s progress so far. Didn’t realize they were there until 2 days ago, so ones before that were purely accidental.

4 Jan 2015

10 Jan 2015

17 Jan 2015

7 Feb 2015

10 Feb 2015