Sunday 5th October 2008

Hill of Wirren

Distance 20km (12.5mls) Ascent 550m OSmap 44 Ballater

Hill of Wirren (678m) is a large sprawling heathery mass along the south side of Glen Esk, and this route crosses from its northwest to southeast corner. Although a lowly 678m, this hill can attract weather as tough as on any Munro, and there are at least 5 plane wrecks scattered over it (grid refs available on request). The views south over the Howe of the Mearns and beyond are reported as being superb.

We start at Tarfside in Glen Esk, and cross a foot bridge over the North Esk before climbing to a good track that takes us to the Clash of Wirren, a narrow rocky defile that we will bypass in favour of a track leading to West Wirren’s shoulder. From here, we follow one of Wirren’s electric fences to the trig at the main summit. Those wanting to rap the trig with their poles or note its number have to continue a short distance downhill to cross the fence safely at a stile.

The descent winds through some impressive peat groughs, passing one of the aforementioned wrecks, before meeting an ordinary fence that leads to the 2nd trig of the day, on East Wirren, and a good track now descends southeast to Little Tullo farm. From here it is a pleasant stroll through rolling farmland, mainly on grassy track, to Edzell.

Most of the route is on track, the middle 5km section is offpath on short grass/heather/bog. Estimated walk time 7 hrs and we should hopefully have time for a refreshment stop in Edzell.

Walkers must wear walking boots, carry WARM and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and take plenty food and liquids. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL. Be prepared for possible wintry conditions and snow on the top whatever the forecast. Take Gaiters for the muddy slushy bits.

Meet at Culter Village Hall 7.45 am
Transport by minibus – respond asap to guarantee a place

Bus Fee: £10 Non-members welcome bus fee £12

Tel (01224 734135) or (01330 820376)


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