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Some wee Glenbuchat TUmps

Some wee Glenbuchat TUmps


Postby Gordon Ballantyne » Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:45 pm

Date walked: 09/12/2020

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 9 km

Ascent: 412m

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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


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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.

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Parkup for Tom na Gabhar


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The forwarder stacking sticks at dawn on Tom na Gabhar


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.


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GB and H at the top of Tom na Gabhar


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GC and H at the Tom na Gabhar cairn


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Returning down the firebreak on Tom na Gabhar


Returned the same way, plooterin' past a truck loading sticks.

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Truck loading sticks on Tom na Gabhar


The BUCHAT


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Parked up on a track beside a pile of old sticks near Mill o Glenbuchat, which seemed to be getting renovated.

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Parkup for The Buchat near Mill o Buchat


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


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The grassed-over forwarder track up The Buchat


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GB and Harvey at the top of The Buchat




The HILLAR & WHITE HILL


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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.

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Parkup at Dulax for The Hillar and White Hill


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 !


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GC at the summit post of The Hillar


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GB at the "rest and be thankful" top of The Hillar

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.

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GC at the White Hill spot height


Descended straight down to Peatfold, then back doon the glen to the cars.

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GB descending to Peatfold from White Hill


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 !
Gordon Ballantyne
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