SUNDAY 5th January 2014

Lord Arthurís Hill

Distance 10.5 km. Ascent 515 metres. OS map 37 or 420

This is a circular walk starting at the parking spot near Dubston Farm, grid ref. 549201 north of Bridge of Alford. The walk starts with a steady climb to the west though moorland and open woodland to Lord Arthurs Hill (518m, grid ref. 513198) before descending to the south into woodland at Littlewood Park in the valley of the River Don. The walk continues with another steady climb, generally to the north east via the lower slopes of Black Hill then through attractive open woodland below Manabattock Hill. Look out for trees festooned with lichen, giving an enchanted feel to the woods! The walk finishes with a fairly steep descent into woods then across farmland back to the starting point.

The route is mostly on good track with fine views over Donside and into the Grampian Mountains but is muddy in places, particularly around the farmland. The tops are very exposed in strong winds and a shorter return route is available if conditions deteriorate on the day.

Total Time: Approx. 3.5 hrs + breaks.

Note: This walk has two sections of steady climbing and requires a moderate level of fitness.

Meet at Culter Village Hall at 9:00 am and return around 4:00 pm. Transport by shared cars.
Refreshments after at the Forbes Arms Hotel, Bridge of Alford.
Contact Geoff Weighill Tel: 01224-869115 and advise if happy to drive.
Closing date Thursday 2nd January 2014.

Walkers must wear walking boots (gaiters also recommended), 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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