Sneaked out between weather frontal systems to do these tiddlers in Glenbuchat.
Low mist on the way into Strathdon,on the Howe o Alford and by the Don. Thought it would burn off in daylight, but it only shifted up the hill a wee bit - so no views and a bit o a soor day.....
However - on the bright side, nae rain.
TOM na GABHAR
Forestry operations on this side of the hill today, with a harvester working up the hill and a forwarder stacking sticks when we arrived. Still managed to park at the end of the track, but with all the recent rain and trucks arriving periodically to take timber away, it was pretty guttery.
Forgot to don my spats, so got pretty muddy breeks on the way up until past the forestry operations.
Found an animal track up the firebreak to the top and a wee cairn, so easy peasy.
Returned the same way, plooterin' past a truck loading sticks.
Parked up on a track beside a pile of old sticks near Mill o Glenbuchat, which seemed to be getting renovated.
Ascended the steep-ish grass on an old forwarder track, up through the trees to the top. Wandered around to find the spot height then descended the same way.
Harvey seemed to be having great fun snuffling around all the rabbit holes on the grassy hillside
The HILLAR & WHITE HILL
Parked up at the end of the track at Dulax. Just enough room for 2 cars on either side of the gate without obstructing anything.
Walked up the track to Peatfold, where we saw an animal track crossing the burn to the corner of the field, then up the side of the fence to a gate. Struck off up Hillar for the shooting butts then through them to the top, where a post marked the top - ish. A grouse feeding station appeared to cover the spot height a few metres away !
Leaving the top I couldn't find H's lead, so I thought I'd dropped it somewhere en route - curses !
( Seems I'd left it in the car. Ah well, age doesn't come on its own )
Returned to the gate then followed the grassy track across to the main track that skirted White Hill. We intended to go to the N side of the hill and follow the stub track S - hoping a path extended from it, but before reaching the N side we were seduced by an inviting mown track connecting the line of shooting butts leading to the summit plateau from the W.
Mosey'd over the top to one of a few indistinct tops.
Descended straight down to Peatfold, then back doon the glen to the cars.
Having completed our task early, we planned to stop for bacon rolls and coffee at Alford on the way home. Alas, we soon stood slavering at the locked door of the CLOSED cafe and verily, were distraught !
Had to make do with a pastry & brownie at Greigs - what a let-down. Still in mourning !
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