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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.
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Through the heather on the Maiden Causeway

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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.
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Craigshannoch

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

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Oxen Craig was the next stop.
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View from Oxen Craig

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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...
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Towards the Mither Tap

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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.
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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.
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Into the woods

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Larch

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A fine bimble - I should do that more often!


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