Mount Blair and Duchray Hill
SUNDAY 3rd April 2005
OS Map 43
Distance: 20 km, ascent: 800 m
Walking Time: approx 6 hours
Mount Blair (744m) sits on the dividing line between Angus and Perth & Kinross; its isolated position makes it a perfect viewing platform for the bigger hills of Glenshee to the north, and means that it can also catch the full force of the wind.
From Brewlands Bridge (196615), we take a short walk northwest along the B951 to Alrick. A left turn along the drive leads to the entrance to a track on the left. As the track veers southwest, we head northwest across farmland to a clump of trees. Continuing in a northwest direction, we pass through a gate, after which the ascent starts getting steeper. As we keep climbing we'll reach a fence that runs directly up to the summit, which can clearly be seen with its telecommunications tower. We descend Mount Blair by a well-worn track, which takes us down to the B951. A short distance westwards along the road brings us to a gate on the right, just before the woods. Following the edge of the trees, we cross some very marshy ground, before heading uphill. The way to the summit of Duchray Hill (702 m) runs parallel to a fence and old stone wall. The summit provides grand views northwards across Loch Beanie towards the scree-covered flank of Creag Leacach and just beyond it Glas Maol. To the northwest the craggy coire below the summit of Glas Tulaichean and on a clear day, the twin peaks of Ben More and Stob Binnein can be seen.
We leave Duchray Hill, heading north west, to descend over open hillside and pick up a path from Loch Beanie and cross the footbridge over Allt Mor. A vague path continues towards and round the back of the steading at Invereddie, where a stile gives access to the track. Track, then road leads to the Compass Christian Centre at Glenshee Lodge (133683) where the bus will be parked.
Walkers must wear walking boots, warm and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and take plenty food and liquids. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL. Be prepared for possible wintry conditions on the top whatever the forecast. There are some very boggy areas so gaiters are recommended.
Transport bus Meet Culter Village Hall 8am return approx 7pm
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PLEASE NOTE NEXT MIDWEEK WALK 18TH APRIL BEN RINNES
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