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A bimble on Bennachie

A bimble on Bennachie

Postby GariochTom » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:08 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Bennachie (Oxen Craig)

Date walked: 24/09/2011

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 444m

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It had been quite a while since I had walked up Bennachie, despite it being my local hill only a few miles away. I also fancied going on a bimble (my favourite made-up word of the moment) given the sunny weather and blue skies. So I decided to combine the two and have a bimble on Bennachie.

I vaguely considered cycling to the start of the walk, but I wasn't feeling that energetic, so I lazily drove across to the Rowantree car park. I was soon walking up the Maiden's Causeway, through pleasant woodland until I emerged onto the gentler slopes covered in heather. As I gradually ascended the top of the Mither Tap gradually revealed itself.
Through the heather on the Maiden Causeway

The Mither Tap

A sign to Craigshannoch diverted me to the right, and soon I reached a cairn, not realising until I checked the map that this was indeed the top of Craigshannoch.

Panorama 1.JPG

I continued to Little Oxen Craig, where there were excellent views north. I recognised Oyne and Old Rayne below.
View from Little Oxen Craig


Panorama 2.JPG

Oxen Craig was the next stop.
View from Oxen Craig


Panorama 4.JPG

It was then time to head to the Mither Tap, and as I got closer I saw the outlines of lots of people and heard plenty of voices at the top - definitely the most popular summit on the Bennachie range, unsurprisingly...
Towards the Mither Tap


I made my way up the stairs, passing many people on their way down, and happily the summit was no longer very busy so it seemed like I had it to myself for a few minutes.


After a short while I descended on the Maiden's Causeway, into the trees, stopping again to admire the wind-shaped larch near Hosie's Well and the Scots Pines further down.
Into the woods




A fine bimble - I should do that more often!

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