Sunday 10th January 2010

Forest of Birse to Birse Church

Distance 12.5 kms Ascent 275 metres OS map 44

This is an A to B walk, starting at the Forest of Birse car park (Grid Ref. 532906) and finishing at Birse Church (GR 554973). The walk will take us westwards, past Ballochan Farm (GR 523904), then south of Birse Castle to meet the Fungle Road at GR 516905. We will follow the Fungle Road, climbing northwards to skirt the steep valley of the Gwaves and on to the shooting lodge (GR 514921). Past the shooting lodge, we will climb to Carnferg at 525m (GR 522933). There is a memorial cairn to the laird of Birse Castle, Joseph Robert Heaven (Oct 1911), and a stone circle built around the triangulation point; a convenient place to shelter, have lunch and enjoy the views over the Dee valley. From Carnferg it is a steady descent to the forest gate (GR 539942, Balfour crossroads (GR 556963) and on to Birse Church. Time from the Forest of Birse car park to Carnferg: 1hr 50 mins and from Carnferg to Birse Church: 1 hr 40 mins.

Meet at Culter Village Hall at 9 am. Return 4 pm.

Transport by cars, for which a contribution should be made. Drivers required.

E-mail Closing date 6th January, 2010.

Walkers must wear walking boots, carry WARM and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and take plenty food and liquids. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL. Be prepared for possible wintry conditions and snow on the top whatever the forecast.

Culter hillwalking club has no members who are qualified leaders or instructors. Therefore anyone volunteering to assist the club on a meet cannot be held responsible for other members' welfare. Members must be aware they are solely responsible for themselves at all times

Hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury and death. Those participating in these activities should be aware of the risks and accept the responsibility for their own actions and involvement. No responsibility can be accepted by Culter Hillwalking club committee, members, guests or co-ordinators of walks for any mishap, which may occur, during a meet.

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