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Kerloch with Kids and an adder on the track

Kerloch with Kids and an adder on the track


Postby WalkingWithKids » Sun Jun 19, 2022 8:39 pm

Route description: Kerloch, from the north

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Kerloch

Date walked: 17/06/2022

Time taken: 5.2 hours

Distance: 10.5 km

Ascent: 415m

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Hill no. 120 - Sub2000 no. 72

Kerloch near Banchory from the north with Kids (9, 12 yo.)


Stats:
Total distance - 10.5 km
Total time - 5h12m
Walking time - 2h57m
Altitude gain - 414 m
Terrain:
10.0 km - good track
0.5 km - fine path

Kerloch was the first hill on this day (Cairn-mon-earn was the second). We followed the WH walk.


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There is a small car park at the start of the track opposite West Knockhill near Banchory:
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The sign at the start of the track:
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We followed an excellent track almost to the top. Gate in front of the plantation:
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Looking back:
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At this place we branched right. From this point, the track became rough but still easily walkable:
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The last approximately 200 m is on a fine path:
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The summit of Kerloch - cairn and trig pillar:
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Wind-shelter on the summit. Corbett Mount Battock in the back, in the middle:
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Conni on the top. Looking west - Corbetts:
1 - Mount Battock
2 - Morven
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Conni on the top. Looking north, towards Banchory:
1 - Sub2000 Bennachie (Oxen Craig)
2 - Mither Tap
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Looking SE:
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After a lunch break in the wind-shelter, we returned the same way.

Heading down:
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There was a wealth of wildlife all the way along the track. Selection of some:

Common Spotted-orchid:
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Many of these moths - Red-necked Footman:
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Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary:
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Stonechat:
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Curlew:
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On the track between the plantation and the car park, I noticed a strange stick. As I got closer I found out it was an adder! :shock: More precisely - a beautiful young adder, about 40 cm long 8) :
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WalkingWithKids
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Re: Kerloch with Kids and an adder on the track

Postby Katrina89 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:22 pm

Good report :) I am hoping to do this soon! Were there any cows on or around the path? :)
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Re: Kerloch with Kids and an adder on the track

Postby WalkingWithKids » Wed Jun 22, 2022 11:02 pm

Katrina89 wrote:Good report :) I am hoping to do this soon! Were there any cows on or around the path? :)


Don't worry. The cows were behind the barbed wire fence (just on the way back) and looked very friendly :)
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