Craigthran, Tops of Fichell and The Aud loop – Glenmoy (05/05/21)

Brief Description

I'd drove that day planning to walk up the straight forward track to Dog Hillock and perhaps on to Hill of Glansie, but the snow level was about 600m and may have made walking up the track quite difficult. Instead, I though I would do the Tops of Fichell loop & Craigthran again. On the walk in I thought, why not in reverse, this now being the 3rd time doing this loop.

Date

05-05-2021

Distance

12.8km

Time Taken

3.15

Ascent

523m

OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)

Car Parking

Start Point

Walk Description

Stayed dry for me all through the walk. A bit snow on the climb up from the glen to the Tops of Fichell and again dropping from the 578m top to the 550m top. Another 4-wheel drive on the way up the track to the tops, then a further one passed down before the ruins, then a Range Rover at the ruins. Seen a dead Ewe just after the bridge from The Aud. Back at the car the Range Rover stopped and the elderly driver was in charge of the sheep so informed him where the Ewe was.

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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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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.

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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.