Craigthran and Manywee loop in Glenmoy (02/05/21)

Brief Description

The original intention was to simply walk up to Dog Hillock and back down, but the clouds seemed to be coming down over the higher hill mass and thought I would do the Tops of Fichell and Craigthran again. I decided to do them in reverse, then once at the top of Craigthran I could see that Manywee was clear, so decided to take on the ascent, then drop to the Glen for the walk home.

Date

30-04-2021

Distance

13km

Time Taken

3:20

Ascent

665m

OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

44

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)

n/a

Car Parking

Car parking area at top of Glen Moy public road.

Start Point

Car parking area at top of Glen Moy public road.

Walk Description

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Craigthran and Manywee loop in Glenmoy 020521

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Shank Hill to Dog Hillock’s 722m top in Glenmoy (30/04/21)

Brief Description

Plan was to get to Hill of Glansie, but at the bottom of Shank Hill I realised that I had forgotten to put my knee straps on. Last thing I want right now is to flare up my old outside knee pain so I decide not to push to far and walked 90 mins to the 722m top the back down.

Date

30-04-2021

Distance

12km

Time Taken

3hrs

Ascent

534m

OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

44

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)

Car Parking

Start Point

Walk Description

Tried out the new Montane Icarus Stretch for 1st time as it was cold and windy and a bit of a winter day even for the end of April. Caught in a slight sleet shower around Shank hill, then a heavier one at Balbui and it was coping great with the wet sleet. As it was so cold at the top I thought I wait for cover to have lunch and stopped on way back at the flattened area with man-made banks all round on Shank Hill, so I got a bit cover from the wind, BUT the snow was quite heavy and decided to put on the new Rab Phantom lightweight waterproof. After lunch I kept the Rab on as it was still quite cold. I had a cold feeling on my back and neck due to the wind, but hot on the front - I wasn't sure if it was the Rab jackets breathability or the direct sunlight that had by this time appeared. The jury is out!

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Shank Hill to Dog Hillock's 722m top in Glenmoy 300421

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Notes on Back Pain

Back pain was not bothering me too much on the walk up. If anything it was the pulled muscle at the LHS of my rib cage down that was made worse down the fence that was given jip. BUT, the next day my lower back/SI Joint was really stiff and achy!

Shank Hill, Dog Hillock and Hill of Glansie from Glenmoy (16/04/21)

Brief Description

A straightforward up to top and down again route this time. I was mainly looking for a good ascent and from previous trips to Glenmoy seen that a track went nearly all the way to the top.

Date

16-04-2021

Distance

15km

Time Taken

4:15

Ascent

629m

OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

44:

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)

n/a

Car Parking

Car park at head of Glenmoy

Start Point

Track heading North from Car Park - passes Farmhouse & Farm.

Walk Description

Got a marvellous sunny and warming day for April. Felt more like summer than my previous walks up Glenmoy, which were more Winter like. There were 4 cars in car park when I got there, and more arriving as I was getting ready to walk. When I got back to car I counted 14 cars on top of mine! Got talking to a woman at the car before heading off. She was with friends (5 total from the crowd I met later on up hill), who were all in individual cars due to COVID. I started off before them and stopped for a coffee at Rough Craig. They got in front and I overtook them on Balbui after a quick talk about the terrain going round to Manywee, which they were doing. There were few 4 wheeled drive vehicles out and one stopped to thank me for keeping my dog on a lead! At the gate to the 722m top there were 2 vehicles. There was also a large antenna, which seemed to be powered by solar and an unusual wind turbine - cylinder shaped! I walked on to Dog Hillock then to the Trig Point on the Hill of Glansie, stopping for lunch. Return was by way I came. On the way down, mete a lovely chap from Forfar and we talked about the hills, cameras and back pain. He was a good bit overweight but it didn't stop him from hillwalking regularly. Further on I met a lady, may 5-8 years older than me who had left her husband in their small camper in the car park as he had knee problems. She was also going around to Manywee.

Route Details

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Shank Hill, Rough Craig, Dog Hillock and Hill of Glansie walk - profile 160421

Notes on Back Pain

Back was feeling quite good at outset. Maybe struggling a bit on the ling descent and was using my abs a good bit. Update on 18/04/21: No adverse effects I'd say, but still have the pain to right off centre nagging away each day. This seemed to get worse after my long Glen Lethnot day, dropping off a steep grassy slope. Once I get the pack on and start walking it does ease and go away!

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The Aud, Tops of Fichell & Craigthran loop in Glenmoy (Monday 12/04/21)

Brief Description

I'd seen an AWD track up the ridge almost all the way to the last top on the Tops of Fichell last walk up Craigthran, and thought it would be a lovely walk, albeit not a circular walk. It would still give a bit ascent and the possibility of a climb up Manywee then either back to the car park by dropping to Glenmoy, or taking in Craigthran again.

Date

12-04-2021

Distance

12.8km

Time Taken

4:05

Ascent

523m

OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

44: Ballater & Glen Clova

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)

n/a

Car Parking

Parking area at end of Glenmoy public road.

Start Point

10m north past Parking area, then take left track heading West.

Walk Description

I had a lot off faffing about with dog harness, canicross belt, sorting bits etc before I eventually got going. I wasn't sure if I was going to do the Tops of Fichell or simply do Craigthran then drop to Glenmoy as I had done Friday past, and thought I'd wait until I saw how the track up the ridge looked. Anyhow, it looked quite easy but realised that Manywee would be too steep form this side, but my left foot was giving pain so thought that the Tops of Fichell ridge and back the same route was the best option. But, on walking along The Aud I could see a track that dropped off from just after The Aud to the glen on the East side and continued up the slopes of the 553m top of Craigthran. This made me think that I could drop off the last top of The Tops of Fichell to pick up on this track, then climb up to Craithran to get a bit more ascent. The AWD track ended on the 2nd last top, but it was a short walk to the last top from the track. I stopped for lunch here, then it was an easy drop and a walk of 100-200m to following a path 10m away from a line of 'Hides' to pick up the AWD track in the Glen. After climbing up to the 553m top it was a stroll along to Craigthran. On the descent down it's track I met a 72 year old man pushing a mountain bike up! I stopped for a chat - 15 minutes later I was on my way back to the car park.

Route Details

Leaving car park, take the left track 10m on left. Walk past Shank and carry on to old Shielings. Take the track left to the West at Grid Ref: NO 39233 65867 and continue to The Aud. Follow the track to it's end at the 550m top on Tops of Fichell. Carry on through heather to top at 578m. Drop SE to Glen picking up on a line of Grouse Butts (there is a faint path following the line of Butts 10m from them) and continue to meet the track in the glen. Follow the track left heading NE then on near to the top of Craigthran at 553. The track splits, so take a right turn heading South onto the 550 top. Continue down the steep track to the glen then back to car park.

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Craigthran & Manywee loop from Glenmoy (09/04/21).

Brief Description

A new route to me and only 2nd time up Glenmoy.

Date

09-04-2021

Distance

13.3km

Time Taken

3:45

Ascent

596m

OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

44: Ballater & Glen Clova

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)

n/a

Car Parking

Car park below Farmhouse at end of Glenmoy public road. Space for 4-5 cars.

Start Point

Take the left track 10m north of car park area.

Walk Description

The temperature on the tops must have been -2 and was bitterly cold in the wind. Wished I'd had a belt for my Montane winter trousers as they would have been on today! I did though have on my buff and Karrimor Winter peak, fleece lined hat, and had to keep the waterproof's hood up to for nearly all the walk - even down in the glen! On walking up the track about 1.5km South of Craigthran, there is an AWD track that's goes West and turns up to 'The Aud' and continues on for a good bit. It seems to head back to the glen at some point, BUT another track appears from the Glen Clova side and continues most of the way to Manywee by way of 'Tops of Fichell' and could easily be picked up by continuing the ridge. This would make a great circular walk, either by dropping back to Craigthran, or down to Glenmoy. Further up the track, there is a branch to the right - ignore this and continue straight on. The climb up this track to the top of Craigthran is steep. From the top it is straightforward to carry on to the 553m top. Now, on leaving the 553m top you drop down to the glen, but there is a track on the left (not on the map) goes NEARLY all the way to the top of Manywee. As you come to a big boulder on the left side of the track, there is a fainter track heads toward the top. Take this, and it leads to an electric fence. The fence is down in places, so probably no longer electrified, but there is to the left a spring gateway. Take a bearing from here to the cairn on the top of Manywee. Return by same means. Dropping down to the Glen there is a lodge type hut (see photos) and I stopped for lunch here - it was lovely in the sun and no wind to speak off. On leaving here it was a lovely 3-4km walk back to the car. There are two ruined buildings at Shank, and slightly further on, a ruined house that was lived it not to long ago, as it had an electric pole and TV Aerial. From here it was a short walk past what looked empty Farmhouse.

Route Details

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Notes on Back Pain

Back had been achy before walk, but once again, once I am walking the pain seems to go away! Felt good on getting back home.

Long Goat, Cat Law and Crandard loop (Wed 07/04/21)

Brief Description

After suffering horrendous back pains from my Glen Lethnot walk last Friday, which I feel I did over do, I was keen to get back to do another ascent, but not too long a walk. I also knew that if on Long Goat the pain got too bad, that I could take the Southerly track off Long Goat back to the Glen.

Date

07-04-2021

Distance

11.26km

Time Taken

3:25

Ascent

494m

OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

44: Ballater & Glen Clova

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)

N/A

Car Parking

At RHS off main road driving North, about 1km North of the Muir of Pearsie. Space for 2-3 cars at a push. There is a red metal gate of hill side of the road just 10m back from the parking space.

Start Point

The red metal gate of hill side of the road just 10m back from the above parking space.

Walk Description

. A steep climb to the top of Long Goat. Stopped for a snack and a coffee. Although the start of April, it was like a winters day and I was sorry I never had winter trousers or winter gloves on. I had to put on the micro fleece over my waterproof during the stop, but decided now that I was up high and it was a NW wind, to put the fleece under the waterproof for the remainder of the high top walk. Only a slight drop before another steep climb, albeit not too far up Cat Law.

Route Details

Through red gate and a short walk to a 2nd red gate leading to open hillside. Continue to top of Long Goat. A slight drop from long Goat then steep climb to top of Cat Law, following the fence on your RHS. Drop off south from Cairns to pick up on a track that continues to the Crandard. A long and steep descent in places from the Crandard to the glen.

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Notes on Back Pain

Although not any worse than from when I started the walk, I did feel that my back was starting to tire on the descent from the Crandard. Update 08/04/21: Stiff and achy the day after, but nothing like the horrendous pains from the previous walk.

A Good Friday walk: Hill of Berran, Dog Hillock, Hill of Glansie & Mount Sned loop in Glen Lethnot (02/04/21).

Brief Description:

A challenging walk for me while trying to build up my back, this being the longest walk with the greatest ascent yet!

Distance:

13km

Ascent:

550m

Car Parking:

Large Car park at the end of Glen Lethnot. It was though getting used for logging.

Start Point:

Car park at the end of Glen Lethnot. Walk over the bridge at Waterhead and follow the track past housing and further along past an old wall. Take the turn to the right heading uphill - note that there is a new track that carries on up the Glen and is not marked on the map.

Description:

I must have done this route before as I remembered the car parking area and the bridge!

Route Details:

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Glen Moy – Auld Darkney, Naked Tam & St. Arnold’s Seat – loop (03/04/21).

Route time approx: 4 hours.
Distance: 13km
Total ascent: 498m

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I’ve never been up Glen Moy before, not even for a drive, so this walk is a real adventure (for me at least!).


There is a little rough parking area at the end of they road (for authorised vehicles anyhow) that can hold 3 cars and one in front. On my return there were a another 2 cars parked at road sides that looked quite safe and not inconsiderate for landowners.

Long Goat, Cat Law and Crandard loop (Monday 22/03/21)

Route time approx: 4 hours.
Distance: 11.3km
Total ascent: 498m

Having walked Long Goat and Cat Law many times over the years then back to the car by the same route, I have never felt up to tackling the slightly longer circular walk that takes in the Crandard, then dropping to the glen and following a track that end on the main road opposite the ‘Muir of Pearsie’. I was up to the challenge this time though.
From Cat Law there is no direct path that allows you to pick up the track that runs South of Cat Law leading to the Crandard and is is necessary to take a direct bearing and walk through the grass/heather.
The drop from the Crandard is quite relentless, but once back to the glen it is easy going all the way back to the car.

I noted some times along the way….

  • Started at 9.10.
  • At the top of Cat Law for 10.45.
  • Left Cat Law at 11.10.
  • Left Crandard at 11.38.
  • Back at car for 13.02.
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Knachly & Hill of Spott loop from Prosen Village.

I have wanted to do this hill for quite a while since its name it is part of my surname ‘Spottiswoode’.
I had a bad start parking at the car park next to the church. It’s not very big and two other cars arrived, and had a feeling that some numpty would blob me in and I ended up moving the car to a stony verge that I had passed 100 yards from the village. Also, I got myself flustered as I could not find my windproof in the bag, put my boots on, forgetting to put on my walking socks, the socks I’d found were pulling on my little toe, so boots were on/off twice. With o windproof and it was cold, I put on the red 200gms fleece I came with.
Eventually, bag was on and car was locked so off I went. Just after car park the sign-posted path to Ministers Rd took me past a little house that led to a gate. Bag off to make sure tis was right route!
Once through gate, I was on my way. Oh, maybe not – I wasn’t lone started along the path when I felt the red fleece was too warm. Bag off, and removed the fleece! Off I went, but not far as I wondered if I’d left my black beanie lying – I’d swapped it for the sun cap as the sun was quite bright and it was getting warm. Of with the bag and I had a look for the beanie – no sign off it! I decided to back-track and look for the beanie.
I got to the spot where I had stopped and there was no beanie, so I was back in the bag looking for it once again – this time I found the beanie AND the missing windproof – it was in the hidden side pocket.

Now I was happy and ready to hit the trail (in fact I was in minds of turning back and heading home!).

I had just over 2.5km to walk along the Ministers Path. It it led me to a gate and an amazing view of Loch Brandy and Loch Wharral corries. Just through the gate I turn right to following the fence, then about 10m at 90 degrees to the fence I managed to pick up on the path that led to Knackly.