THE LADDER HILLS

SUNDAY 1ST MAY 2005

OS Landranger 37 Strathdon
Distance: 21 km, ascent: 610 m
Duration: approx 8 hours

This is an interesting and challenging circuit through the rolling heathery hills northwest of Strathdon, with views across the Moray Firth and down to the Braes of Glen Livet. More than half the walk is off path, although the heather is fairly short! We start at GR333165 (at a junction 800m north of Torrancroy), and, walking NW, we pass by the summit of Moss Hill, then continue NW to Little Geal Charn (742m). We then turn west, crossing the ancient right of way from Glen Livet: those not wishing to do the whole walk can turn left here and follow path & track directly to Duffdefiance, where once a crofter successfully squatted in defiance of the local landowner, Duff. A forest road then takes you past the Lost Gallery and back to the start. (This shortens the walk by about 1.5 hrs). The main route continues over Dun Muir via peat groughs to the Corbett summit of Carn Mor (804m), with lovely views down to Glen Livet - and its distillery. We continue to Monadh an t-Sluich Leith, descending east to pick up a track. Working our way along the Allt Slochd Chaimbeil, we reach Duffdefiance and thence the cars.

PLEASE NOTE DOGS MUST BE ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES, this is grouse moor in bird-nesting season.

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 is much heather & some bog, so gaiters are recommended.

Transport by car. Meet Culter Village Hall 8am return approx 7pm

Walk fee: Flat rate 10 drivers will be reimbursed for petrol expenses

Contact club on info@culterhillwalking.org.uk Please tell us if you are willing to drive or require a lift. Please reply asap.

NEXT MIDWEEK WALK 16th MAY PORTSOY - CULLEN

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