Route description: Morrone ascent, Braemar
Corbetts included on this walk: Morrone
Date walked: 16/07/2012
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As the walk description says, there is parking (free) at Chapel Brae, near Morrone Nature Reserve However, if you are staying locally it is nice to walk through the village and up to what is a local landmark. Initially, the path follows a landrover track until you reach a T junction. There are two walks here, one takes you into the Birchwoods, but if you want to climb Morrone you need to keep going left.
Once you branch off and leave the track you enter the moorland and the views soon begin to open up.
The small hill on the left is Creag Choinnich, which I climbed last time I was in Braemar
There are superb views across the valley
The Dee flows all the way from Braemar to Aberdeen
The views of the Cairngorms were tremendous and I loved looking back
There is an excellent, well-made path all the way to the summit
Several burns cross the path all the way up the hill
You can see the village of Braemar just through the trees, and if you look closely there lies the ground for the Braemar Highland Games, held the first Saturday in September
Once you catch sight of the radio mast, the gradient becomes less steep and from here its a straight forward walk up to the summit
The trig point is dwarfed by the massive radio mast for Braemar Mountain Rescue
We arrived on the top in bright sunshine. There were wonderful 360 degree views of the Cairngorms. I wasnt really sure what the Munros were but I looked them up on the map when I got home.
This mountain, with the granite tors along the summit, I think must be Ben Avon
To the North-west were some big monsters. I think this one must be Ben Macdui, Britain's second highest peak, with Cairn Toul somewhere in the foreground
That's Loch Callater just behind me, and beyond that is Lochnagar and Deeside, where my husband's family live and where I have spent many happy times.
I've never seen the city of Aberdeen from a hillside and would like to do this one day. I'm not sure which hill gives the best views
To the southwest lie the Cairnwell Munros.
There is a landrover track, used by the mountain rescue people. You can follow this track all the way down.
Walking down this track gets you really close to the Cairngorms, you feel you can reach out and touch them
I was fascinated by the colour of these hillsides and the patterns made by the heather
Following our descent from Morrone, we walked along the old Military Road back to Braemar. This road follows the River Clunie and was a lovely walk in the sunshine. Unfotunately I was still wearing my hill boots and on the hard tarmac my feet became very sore. I was going to take my boots off and walk on the grass verge, but I was frightened of getting bitten by midges.
Anyone, doing this walk, i would recommend taking a pair of trainers in your back pack for this section.
It was a relief to finally reach the village and take my boots off - sheer bliss
And so back to Deeside in time for my mother-in-law's annual BBQ.
Those of us who didnt get a bed in the house camped out on the lawn
My tent was the blue one and we pitched it so as to get great views of the local hills
I know I'm never going to compleat the Munros but I have set my heart on walking all the local hills around Edinburgh and Deeside - Morven, Pressendye, Clochnaben, Lochnagar. You will need to keep a look out for my reports
by Johnny Corbett » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:14 pm
by thand » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:43 pm
by mountain thyme » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:50 pm
by SusieThePensioner » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:20 pm
I'm so glad you had good weather for your stay in Braemar and some fantastic views on your walk
BTW, it rained hard about 6pm on Saturday so we didn't see the support act but, it had cleared by 8 and
TJ was brilliant!!! Julia and I had a great time
by gammy leg walker » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:30 pm
by rockhopper » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:04 pm
by basscadet » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:55 am
I've done morrone many times - it a convenient way to get from gen ey to the bus at Braemar. Further along the ridge there are some superb bivvy's I have always meant to go and stay in for a lark..
There are some cracking walks up Deeside.. plenty of interesting wee lumps and lots of recumbrent stone circles to visit as well - some really good ones near Durris especially
by laconic surf » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:14 am
Like JC says, your M-I-L's back yard looks like a top camping spot
Johnny Corbett wrote:because i want to camp there
Hi Johnny, it was a great place to camp, will put in a good word for you for next year
thand wrote: love how you can see all the hills from this one
me too Thand, by the way hoping to go up Morven next time Im on Deeside
mountain thyme wrote:This is a nice corbett with stunning views
It is Mountain Thyme. i remember when you posted your report of Morrone, think you also did a Munro and another Corbett at the same time
SusieThePensioner wrote:glad you had good weather for your stay
Couldnt believe how sunny it was Susie Glad you had a great time with TJ, hope you managed to behave when you saw him
gammy leg walker wrote:when the bug hits,you will never look back,tick,tick,tick
Cheers Gammy, slowly but surely
rockhopper wrote:looks like you've got a bigger bug with which to contend now
Hi Rockhopper, not too sure about those big monster hills though
basscadet wrote:There are some cracking walks up Deeside
Agree with you there BC, will be back in September, have been planning my next walks already
laconic surf wrote:congrats on your first corbett
Thanks laconic, hope to do some more soon
by RicKamila » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:14 pm
by ChrisW » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:41 pm
RicKamila wrote:Was out first one too. Love that hill. Great photos
Thanks Rick, I had a look at your report before I went
ChrisW wrote: nice camping spot ..is there any charge
Cheers Chris, going from all the nice comments she might start to charge but free to you
by Alan S » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:51 pm
Well done on your 1st corbett, Looks a good one to start with