SUNDAY 7 May 2006
O.S. Sheet 44 Length: 18 km Ascent: 500m
Start at the car park in Forest of Birse at the end of the minor public road from Finzean (GR533906). Take the track west, past Ballochan, following signs for Glen Esk. From here, we reach the Fungle Road leads SSW along the west side of a burn. The track deteriorates, but continues to climb towards the west side of a bealach where the path widens again. At an obelisk, ascend heathery slopes due west to reach the Firmounth Road. Follow it northwards, passing many well-built cairns, to the top of Tampie. The descent takes you past a small lochan. Follow the westernmost track by high fenceposts to a prominent cairn and then walk east to the rounded top of Gannoch. Descend northwest to rejoin the main path, continuing to lose height for some distance before climbing towards the top of Craigmahandle. Leave the Firmounth Road and descend NNE by a small path to a boggy dip before climbing towards Hill of Duchery. A track takes you from the south side of the hill past several grouse butts to a t-junction with the Fungle Road follow the track south past the grounds of Birse Castle. Go straight on, crossing another track, and descending the west side of a fenced field to the river. A path follows the water, cross it by a footbridge and continues towards the forest. Pass through a field to find the first footbridge at Ballochan, and then it is short walk back to the car park.
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 bad conditions on the top whatever the forecast.
Bus Leaves: Culter Village Hall. 8.30am are Return approx 5.30pm
Bus Fee: £10 non-members £12
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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.