A small but very capable group consisting
of Alistair, Christine, Colin, Deborah, Derek, Ken, Stan and
Willie met on Sunday morning for the short minibus trip up the
Cairn o’Mount road to the Clochnaben Car park. They were
accompanied on the walk by Sue, who had made her way to the
start point independently due to commitments later in the day,
and by another regular on Day meets, Harvey the Spaniel.
It was a beautiful crisp morning with not a
cloud in the sky as they headed up Glen Dye. They stopped at
Charr Bothy for 11’ses (although it was only 10 !! )
Clochnaben and the blue sky from the track
near Millers Bog
‘10’ses’ at Charr
Dodgy bridge near the end of the glen
After reaching the end of the glen they
took to the hillside and climbed onto a track which took them as
far as the drop before the final climb. After some improvised
bridge building over a peat bog they headed up to the summit of
Mount Battock for lunch.
Heading up onto the south ridge
Clochnaben from the climb
Heading up the track with Mount Battock to
Using the ‘new’ bridge
Reaching the summit
Lochnagar (zoomed) from the summit
Group photo with the top of the trig point
in the foreground
After lunch the group dropped off the hill
onto the track which was followed all the way to Clochnaben,
which is a long walk but one with views over the whole of the
north east of Scotland. There has been a lot of work taking
place up here with two new shooting bothies, rows of 5 star
shooting butts and even car parking areas near them.
Heading off the summit
Scara Brae, or a shooting butt?
Inspecting the ‘posh’ shooting bothy
The ‘not so posh’ one
A water pit near Clochnaben
Approaching the summit tor
Once over to Clochnaben everyone clambered
to the top of the summit tor, then after ‘afternoon tea’ we
headed back down the path to the car park and the minibus and on
to Banchory for a pint of something.
Look back from the path off Clochnaben
This was a great day out, especially given
the weather and the short drive to and from the hill.