Sunday 7th October 2012

The Buck to Glenbuchat

Distance 15 kms. Ascent 430 metres OS map 37

The Buck (721m) lies between Strathdon and the A941 at Cabrach. The walk starts with a moderate climb to the summit of the Buck then continues along a ridge across open moorland before joining an estate track down the ridge to Glenbuchat. There are excellent views across Donside to the south and the hills to the north and west.

The walk starts at a rough track leading SW from the bus drop off point on the B9002 (NJ 421253) and merges into open moor land before following the fence line to the summit of The Buck at 721m. The route continues south along the ridge to Kebbuck Knowe (672m) and on to Hill of Snowy Slack (596m) across open moorland, avoiding the boggy valley. We then head west to Mount Medin (595 m) and SW to Dun Mount (602 m) following the fence line and crossing some boggy ground and deep peat hags before turning south along the ridge to join the estate track at Creag an Eunan (NJ 384194). The route heads SE along the ridge with fine views in both directions before turning SW and descending to the farm at Blackhillock in Glenbuchat (NJ 395159). We then join the minor road and continue SE for approx. 1.5km to the coach pick-up point at the junction with the A97 (NJ 402149).

Total Time: Approx. 7 hrs

Note: This walk has long sections over open moorland, often rough and boggy and requires a good level of fitness. An alternative shorter route via the Buck will be available subject to demand.

Meet at Culter Village Hall at 8:00 am and return around 6.30 pm

Transport by bus and refreshments afterwards at the Kildrummy Inn or Mossat Cafe

Contact Geoff Weighill Tel: 01224-869115 or Della Russell 01330 820376 and confirm your preference for the full walk or the shorter alternative. Closing date Monday 1st October, 2012.

Walkers must wear walking boots, 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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