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Mount Battock from Glen Esk - slight variation

Mount Battock from Glen Esk - slight variation


Postby ChrisW » Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:30 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Mount Battock

Date walked: 14/04/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 742m

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MWIS promise me reasonable weather with the odd chance of a shower today, that's good enough for me so it's boots and bag packed and off toward Glen Esk for a walk to Mount Battock.

Following WH advice I park at Millden close to the payphone sited there, but instead of following the 'burn of turret' as advised I crossed the road bridge and commenced my walk by going through the open gate adjacent to the road
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There is a good track and it turns quickly away from the road.
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In a very short time there is a chink of blue sky threatening to break through.
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The track climbs at a comfortable pace out toward Mount Battock
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looking back toward Millden across Glen Esk
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and up toward our target as the section of blue sky grows larger
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looking back as the sky clears shows that the ground is covered quickly along this stage
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looking forward it seems we are not out of danger as far as the threat of showers is concerned
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Mount Battock seems a long way off as the cloud darkens as I pass the 'hill of turret'
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Passing through a steel gate 1km on and turning to look across the valley shows I am walking along the edge of the cloud line....hopefully it will stay to the east
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It seems my luck may be running out as the two 'locals' give me that "are you insande" glance before turning and heading off across the heather
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but...............onward and upward as the dark clouds bubble by, still no rain
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Though there is now a little blue again some very dark stuff is creeping in from the east
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Yikes..............
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I am now seriously thinking about crouching beside that landrover and having a cuppa whilst it passes...but still no rain
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I ignore it and continue forward and and the landrover is soon too far behind to be of use
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The whole area seems so barren all of a sudden as the clouds become heavier with rain, there is nothing around here for shelter
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A little further and I see the reason for the landrover (I had wondered) and see why the path is in such good condition
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looking west I can't help but think... is it possible to go anywhere around here without Lochnagar getting in on your photo's
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Oh.......that's interesting, I feel like running back down and getting the bloke in the digger and pointing out that he missed a bit....
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A little hag hopping to the summit then, but its dry (still) so no problem

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My first view of the summit shows someone has beaten me to it and is resting in the shelter
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We had a short chat about the usual and the three of them headed off the way I came, they also told me the walk from Clachnaben to Mount Battock was a horrible, wet, hag ridden, journey from hell...or something like that, anyway suffice to say it's probably best avoided for a while. They hadn't come that way today but had done that walk recently. On departure the first of the three fell whilst stepping over a small wire fence at the summit, as the second went to his aid the third guy moved to a spot where the wire was much lower....then fell over it too :lol: I confess a blurted out a short laugh involuntarily so 'Sorry fella' .........but it was kinda funny....no offence meant :D I soon tucked myself into the summit cairn for tea and snacks
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The usual shot.....
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Away in the distance to the north west I can see Bennachie on the left horizon
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to the west is the beast that is Lochnagar.......soon ya bleeder....soon
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Heading over to 'wester cairn' for the route down I can just see loch lee to the south west
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The hill looks little more than a bump on the way out
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A few heather fires are burning to the west in the glen and to the east is the lush green spot where the car awaits
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On reaching the junction where a left turn (south) would be required for the normal descent I continued along the track toward the west
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The track twists and turns a little through the heather
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then the track turns south overlooking glen tennet to the north west
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and Glen Esk to the south
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Some fancy stonework here which goes a good way to explaining why there are so many grouse in this valley, you can't go more than a few yard without one scaring up beside you
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What no seat.....pfffff
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The track now descends quite steeply and turns to the south east back toward Millden
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looking back up there is a little blue sky again and it seems I have escaped the rain once more...
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Past the small farm with the constantly barking dogs....
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Before I could get this shot, this small water-hole was surrounded by oyster-catchers, I've never seen so many in one place, I felt bad for scaring them off

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At last I reach the tarmac road that lead down to the pay phone
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it passes through this beautifully situated farmhouse
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If you have to walk down a tarmac road it should always look like this
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this old watermill is almost idyllic in that picture postcard sort of way
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Over the bridge with the embankment covered in spring flowers
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And there it is, the payphone and the car
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A really enjoyable walk which upon reflection, I could have extended much further.....maybe next time; at least the rain didn't get me :D
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Re: Mount Battock from Glen Esk - slight variation

Postby IainG » Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:17 pm

Excellent report! The photos are cracking, well done.

Did you come across any cattle on the walk? I'm a dog owner, and the last time I was there I went up and over Clachnaben and across the rough. It was in late summer, and it was fairly dry underfoot.
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Re: Mount Battock from Glen Esk - slight variation

Postby ChrisW » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:25 pm

Thanks Iain, no sign of any cattle but plenty of sheep in the early stages of the walk and an awful lot of signs saying 'Dogs must be kept on a lead'
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Re: Mount Battock from Glen Esk - slight variation

Postby macq23 » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:09 pm

Hi Chris,

I really enjoy reading your reports especially as some of your walks I wouldn't even have considered or known about, but after your cracking reports and photos, its has made me look at different routes and hills for future walks.

Cheers!
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Re: Mount Battock from Glen Esk - slight variation

Postby ChrisW » Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:30 pm

macq23 wrote:Hi Chris,

I really enjoy reading your reports especially as some of your walks I wouldn't even have considered or known about, but after your cracking reports and photos, its has made me look at different routes and hills for future walks.

Cheers!



Thanks macq23, I try to capture the whole walk so people can see what it is actually like along the way, glad it helps you discover new territory. It's that kind of thing that makes it worthwhile taking and posting all those pics. :D
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Re: Mount Battock from Glen Esk - slight variation

Postby Cairnbeg » Sun May 15, 2011 2:54 pm

...now that I've moved from being a 'lurker' to actually posting, I must say many thanks....I took the exact same route this morning, which was made all the easier after seeing all of your detailed photo's....

...the Hill of Saughs was a bit of a struggle, glad I took my poles....and then once on top of Mount Battock it was time to hide from the rain and steady wind-chill...

...definitely a '3-layer-thermal-Buff-type-of-day' until I dropped back down from Mount Een...evetually skirting alongside Blackcraigs farm....a sheep-dog came running up to me ('oh feck, this can't be good').....and gave me a doggie-hello then ran away again (phew!)...

...a great walk, and didn't see anyone else around....very enjoyable...
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Re: Mount Battock from Glen Esk - slight variation

Postby ChrisW » Sun May 15, 2011 3:51 pm

Cairnbeg wrote:...now that I've moved from being a 'lurker' to actually posting, I must say many thanks....I took the exact same route this morning, which was made all the easier after seeing all of your detailed photo's....


thanks Cairnbeg - its always good to know the reports are helpful, shame about the rain at the summit but sounds like you had a good day anyway, particularly as there were no other people around :wink: :D
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