Sunday 8th January 2012

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. NO532906) and finishing at Birse Church (NO554973). The walk takes us westwards, past Ballochan Farm ( NO523904), then south of Birse Castle to meet the Fungle Road at NO516905. We follow the Fungle Road, climbing northwards to skirt the steep valley of the Gwaves and on to the shooting lodge ( NO514921). Past the shooting lodge, we climb to Carnferg at 525m ( NO522933). 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; this is 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 (NO539942), Balfour crossroads ( NO556963) and on to Birse Church. Total Time: Approx. 4 hrs.

Meet at Culter Village Hall at 9.00am. Return 4.00pm

Transport by bus 12 members, 15 non-members

Contact: Barry on 01224 732558

Closing date 4th January, 2012.

Walkers must wear walking boots, carry WARM and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and take plenty of food and liquids. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL. Be prepared for possible wintry conditions 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. Dog owners must ensure that their dogs are on a short lead at all times.

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