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Pressendye with another human!

Pressendye with another human!


Postby Jaxter » Mon Sep 06, 2021 12:42 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Pressendye

Date walked: 17/04/2021

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 10.14 km

Ascent: 361m

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Another last minute plan with the travel restrictions being unexpectedly lifted a week early – we needed to pick up a pair of skis from Alford (long story :lol: ) so figured we’d make the most of the trip and head up Pressendye. I dropped Gill a message the night before as she lived nearby incase she was free and fancied it – to our delight she was!

One pair of skis to the good, we found somewhere to get cars off the road and had just finished our sandwiches when Gill arrived – perfect timing. We headed off up the track – easy walking so far 8)
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It was easy underfoot and we had to take care to not get overexcited and go too fast – I’d just struggle later on. The track wove in and out of the trees giving us some views towards what could have been Benaquallie
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Bennachie
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It was a beautiful day – even better than forecast 8)
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The track wound around and gradually gained height. We then took a smaller path through a gate – this took us through some trees, still climbing
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The trees had offered some shelter from the sun – now we were out onto the open hillside it was very warm!
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Looking back towards Bennachie
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At last we were at the top and we could see Morven with the Cairngorms behind
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Lochnagar
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Summit of Pressendye
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Morven with (I think) Ben Avon behind
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It hadn’t been a particularly difficult climb, but even the easiest of things give me trouble nowadays, so we sat down and enjoyed the views, and the company! Being a bit of a hermit, I was surprised just how awesome it was to see another friend 8)
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After a nice long break, we decided to head back down. Malky suggested an alternative route, and normally this earns him a slap but on this occasion we all agreed it looked doable :lol:
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Heading down a lovely track (why can’t all hills be this good underfoot :lol: )
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Helicopter flying overhead
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We took a shortcut through the forest to avoid going all the way around Pittenderich – this almost ended in disaster but fortunately the path was just really wiggly – and finally we were on a track again
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We managed to cross the burn easily enough (although it would definitely be trickier if it had rained) and were on a muddy track. We met a man doing some fences and stopped for a wee chat. We could blame him for not looking at the map and getting lost….but that would probably be unfair :lol:
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We missed a turning on the track and ended up at the farm at Burnside – this meant a slightly longer route and small amount of extra ascent. I’d been having a relatively decent day for me, but I definitely wasn’t amused by this :lol:

Gill invited us back to her garden for some tea and cake – well, it would have been rude to say no :lol: The three of us managed to devour and entire cake 8)

We eventually dragged ourselves away from tea and cake and found ourselves a very easy camp spot to rustle up some dinner
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It wasn’t the world’s most amazing sunset, but it was a nice spot and did the job!
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Re: Pressendye with another human!

Postby litljortindan » Tue Sep 07, 2021 2:54 pm

We went up the northern half of your route six years ago and really enjoyed it for its views of the surroundings and ease of access. It's also a name that seems to trip off the tongue though that's a matter of opinion, of course. It seems also to have been the subject of a name change though and must, at one point, have been considered the coldest place in Scotland:
http://www.cairngormclub.org.uk/journals/PDFs/Articles/J044/The%20Cairngorm%20Club%20Journal%20044%20-%20The%20Hill%20of%20Cushnie%20WM.pdf
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