Sunday 6th October2013

A Walk: Aboyne to Tarfside

Distance 21 kms. Ascent 610 metres OS map 44

This is a one-way walk from north to south along the Fungle Road, a former drove road linking Deeside to the Angus Glens. The route is mostly on path and track but is steep and rocky in places with patches of boggy ground.

The walk starts in Aboyne, at the coach drop-off point near the bridge across the River Dee (ref. 525981). The route joins the Fungle Road uphill though scots pine forest then joins a path and continues steadily uphill along the edge of woodland with fine views across the heather moors to the west. The route emerges into open moorland and joins an estate track along the western edge of Carnferg before descending into the Forest of Birse with a fine view down the Gwaves gorge. After crossing the Water of Birse, the track continues up a steady climb to the col between Mudlee Bracks and Tampie (ref. 503859) then joins the Firmonth Road and descends fairly steeply into Glen Esk, finishing at the coach pick-up point in the car park at Tarfside (ref. 494796).

Total Time: Approx. 6 hrs + breaks.
Note: This walk has two sections of steady climbing and requires a moderate level of fitness.

B Walk: Edzell up the River North Esk

OS maps 44 and 45

This will be a lovely autumnal stroll through the woodland along the river. We shall leave Edzell and walk upstream to the Blue Door. From there, we can continue to the Rocks of Solitude and back or return to the village the other side of the river and enjoy a pleasant time in the caf and gift shop. It is offered for those who would prefer a shorter, less strenuous walk and we can decide on the day how far we want to go. No speed, no hill, no time pressure, just a ramble along the river. Della will be co-ordinating this walk.

Meet at Culter Village Hall at 8:30 am and return around 6.30 pm. Transport by coach for both walks. Refreshments after at the Panmure Arms Hotel, Edzell. Coach cost: 12 members, 15 non-members. Contact 01224-869115 and confirm your preference for the A or B walk. Closing date Wednesday 2nd 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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