Craig Vallich / Cairn Leuchan /Cairn Hillock

SUNDAY 6th February 2005

OS map: 44
Distance: 17 km/ 10.5 miles ascent 546m

This medium level hillwalk is all on good landrover track. We begin our route just beyond Bridge of Muick at 367948 the bus will drop us of at this gaiters on etc at stop point in Ballater Square to save the bus time). We walk up the wooded track and onto the open hillside and follow the track round to Craig Vallich 377927 after a short stop at the hut at 380921 . From Craig Vallich our route continues on good track to Cairn Leuchan and then south to Am Malloch 376905 with lunch at the hut. At this point we head east on the track to 369002 and then south to Cairn Hilloch and pick up the track at 370887 following grouse butts N.E to a high gate into wooded area near the roadside. A short walk on tarmac road takes us to our pick up point in a clearing for the bus. Please note at the last section of this walk there is a high wooden gate covered by wire fencing and a deer fence although easy for us to climb the gate, it will not be possible to lift a dog over this gate and there are no possibilities anywhere (A dog checked this out for us for some distance!) Therefore not suitable to bring your dogs with you. If we have time we will have a short stop off in Ballater before our return to Culter

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. This hillside is very often exposed and windy.

Meet Culter Village Hall 8.30am return approx 5.30pm

Walk Fee: members 5 non members 8 children 2.50

Contact or text/phone 07747 178657 by no later than Wed 2nd Feb. Please note club AGM Thurs 10th Feb Peterculter sports centre

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.

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