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Gardenstown to Pennan, via Troup Head

Date walked: 13/04/2014

Time taken: 5.75 hours

Distance: 20.5km

Ascent: 1005m

Inspired by Paul's report for Troup Head, I decided today to walk a section of my local coastline from Gardenstown to Pennan, via Troup Head. Instead of following this section of Aberdeenshire “coastal trail”, which is mostly walking along a road that is quite a way away from the coast, I opted to stick as close to the coast as possible.

This route involved climbing over several gates, climbing over several barbed-wire fences and following a route along the edge of cliffs. Not really suitable for children and dogs.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

I parked in Gardenstown (which is known locally as Gamrie) in a small parking area beside the waste recycling bins. From the parking area I set off along the coast.

At the beginning of the coastal path between Gardenstown and Crovie, I saw a sign advising that the coastal path was closed. I ignored this sign as I was fairly sure I could bypass any obstacles.

Coastal path from Gardenstown to Crovie:
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Coastal path from Gardenstown to Crovie:
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Looking towards Crovie from coastal path:
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Looking back at conglomerate rock:
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As I approached Crovie, I could see why the coastal path was closed. A section of the path is eroding into the sea.

On reaching Crovie (pronounced Crivvy) I walked along the length of the small village. The row of houses is right next to the sea. These houses must get battered by waves in stormy weather.

Crovie:
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Looking back from Crovie:
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On reaching the final house in Crovie, I returned back along the village and then ascended a set of wide steps up a small hill to reach the road above.

Ascent from Crovie:
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I followed the road for several hundred metres before passing through an open gate to then follow the cliff-top fenceline.

Looking back to Crovie and Gardenstown from cliff top:
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I initially walked along the cliff-side of the fenceline. On reaching an open gate leading into the field I subsequently walked along the field side of the fenceline (definitely safer).

Following the fenceline along the cliff top:
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Looking back to Gardenstown, More Head and beyond:
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If following the fenceline from Crovie to Troup Head there are several gates to climb over and only one barbed-wire fence.

Looking towards Collie Head:
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Troup Head was fairly obvious from quite a distance away owing to being covered by white gannets.

Looking towards Troup Head:
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Troup Head (full zoom):
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I stuck right to the edge of the cliffs all the way to Troup Head. I did however leave the cliff edge briefly to visit the trig point. From the trig point I returned to the cliff edge and then climbed over the barbed-wire fence to get onto the RSPB clifftop path. Troup Head is an RSPB reserve.

At the Troup Head trig point:
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I spent five to ten minutes at Troup Head taking photos of gannets. It was however very windy up there today so I had to be careful while close to the cliff edge.

Gannet at Troup Head:
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Gannet at Troup Head:
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Gannet at Troup Head:
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Close to the RSPB viewpoint there is a CCTV/webcam and also several abseil stakes above the cliff.

Troup Head viewpoint:
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After gannet-spotting, I followed the RSPB path along the cliff edge and beyond again following the coastline as closely as possible.

Gannets on Troup Head cliffs:
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Looking along the coast towards Lion’s Head and Pennan Head:
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On reaching Downie Bay, I had to divert back inland to avoid a deep gully. Looking across Downie Bay I could see evidence of a recent landslip.

Downie Bay:
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Once around the gully, I returned to the coastline.

Looking back to Troup Head:
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The walk towards Lion’s Head and beyond involved climbing over several barbed-wire fences.

Lion’s Head:
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Beyond Lion’s Head, I decided to visit Hell’s Lum cave. This was definitely worth a visit.

Hell’s Lum:
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Hell’s Lum:
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Looking back towards Lion’s Head:
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Looking towards Pennan:
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Pennan (zoom): Image

After crossing a nice burn, I followed a wooden path down to the coast.

Cullykhan Bay:
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Track beyond Cullykhan Bay:
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After then ascending back to the cliff-edge, I again then descended back to the coast beside the house in the next photo.

Cullykhan Bay:
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Looking back towards Cullykhan Bay:
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For the final few hundred metres of coast before Pennan, I had to return to the road. I followed the road for the final ¼ mile down to Pennan.

Onto the road for the final descent to Pennan:
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On reaching Pennan, I walked along the length of Pennan from end to end.

Pennan:
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Pennan:
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I then had a nice lunch in the Pennan Inn (Local Hero pub).

Pennan Inn & Red Phone Box:
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Lunch at the Pennan Inn:
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On looking at my GPS whilst in the pub, I was surprised to find that I had already walked 13.5km. The walk back along the road from Pennan to Gardenstown was a further 7km. The difference shows how much extra walking is undertaken if following the coastline round all the little inlets. What was even more surprising was that by the time I got back to Gardenstown, I had ascended over 1000m. This wee coastal walk was as hard as many a hillwalk. An enjoyable day out.

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Statistics

2014

Trips: 6
Distance: 118.4 km
Ascent: 4205m
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 4

2013

Trips: 33
Distance: 390.1 km
Ascent: 21365m
Munros: 18
Grahams: 4
Donalds: 4
Sub2000s: 15
Hewitts: 3
Wainwrights 17

2012

Trips: 30
Distance: 247.2 km
Ascent: 13680m
Munros: 12
Grahams: 5
Donalds: 8
Sub2000s: 11
Hewitts: 24
Wainwrights 15

2011

Trips: 27
Distance: 152 km
Ascent: 9615m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 12
Grahams: 10
Sub2000s: 12
Hewitts: 9

2010

Trips: 16
Distance: 63.5 km
Ascent: 4740m
Corbetts: 13
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 14

2009

Trips: 8
Distance: 26 km
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 6
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 1

2008

Trips: 5
Munros: 9

2003

Trips: 1


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