Gen Dye to Fettercairn

Distance 15 kms. Ascent 500 metres OS map 45

This is a one-way walk from north to south, not too far and not too high, with glorious views towards the coast. We pass close to Gladstone’s former home at Fasque, and end near the Fettercairn distilley . The route is mostly on path and track, with patches of boggy ground. It is not steep; if the weather permits we may do a little heather bashing but not for long.

The walk starts at the ruin of Spittal Cottage, the coach drop-off point near the bridge ref. 647844. The route heads southwest past the Charr bothy then south on an easy track. We will head east up Meluncart weather permitting, no path and a bit of a climb but not too steep or too taxing. Well worth it for the excellent views. From there we head down to the Old Hangy Burn (is there really a new one?) and back onto the track across some boggy areas. We follow the track until we head off on a path past Hound Hillock. Now I never found this path on the first recce, and ended up climbing a 7 foot deer fence; I am sure that my second recce will sort this out… We will stop at the edge of the King’s Deer park for a bite before heading downhill to Arnbarrow and Bogendollo (crazy name, crazy place!), finishing by walking past the Fasque Estate and the Distillery into Fettercairn. The coach pick-up point is in the car park in the centre of the village

Total Time: Approx. 6 hrs including breaks.

Note: This walk is fairly straightforward in good weather and requires a moderate level of fitness.

Meet at Culter Village Hall at 8:30 am and return around 6.30 pm. Transport by coach. Refreshments after walk in Fettercairn, venue TBA. Coach cost: £12 members, £15 non-members. Contact David Gair Tel: 01224-867285. Closing date Wednesday 30th October, 2013.

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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