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Formantine & Buchan

Formantine & Buchan


Postby zhickman » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:27 pm

Route description: Formartine & Buchan Way

Date walked: 12/08/2012

Time taken: 2 days

Distance: 66.5 km

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If you're into flat walking, this is the one for you. A nice couple of steady days walking got this done, with one night's wild camping. I walked Fraserburgh to Dyce and didn't do the spur off to Peterhead. This gives you a very good feeling for the Aberdeenshire countryside, lots of farm land. This is mostly the type of landcsape you will see for the majority of the journey. There are plently of opportunites to explore the area from this walk and plenty of wild camping spots if you're into this.
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Re: Formantine & Buchan

Postby hailiamdigby » Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:00 pm

Thanks for writing this report.
I'm thinking of doing this next year, when the weather's better.
I'm not sure if I'll start from Dyce of Fraserburgh but it would be my 1st 'long distance' walk, of this kind.
Like you did, I don't plan on doing the Peterhead branch.
One thing I'm curious about? When 'bagging' a hill, the general 'rule' is that you get to the summit cairn etc.
What I'd like to know is, can I claim I've done this if I didn't explore the Peterhead branch? I know you could say "it's up to you" but are there general thoughts on this? The same applies to other long-distance walks I've seen detailed on this site, with alternative branches. Hope someone can answer this.
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Re: Formantine & Buchan

Postby kazuhart » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:50 pm

I want to do this next year to, I'll be starting in Dyce and finishing in Fraserburgh where I live. I won't be doing the Peterhead section, but I think it's a good walk to ease into long distance walking and break in my new shoes that I will get for Xmas. I would still class Dyce to broch as a walk without the Peterhead section.
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Re: Formantine & Buchan

Postby Billbo_Baggins » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:14 pm

Hi all, i,m planning on doing this walk april time this year, like other reports i will be concentrating on Dyce - Fraserburgh, reason being the other leg to Peterhead is right on my back door, staying in Mintlaw, so a bit of variety for me going to the Broch, I was thinking on going as far as Ellon, staying overnight, im taking my son with me, his first distance walk and heading to Fraserburgh the next morning, is that the general way most folks have done this route.
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Re: Formantine & Buchan

Postby kazuhart » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:34 am

I will be doing this in the next couple of weeks, the weather and work have meant that I have not done this one earlier in the year. The way I have broken it down is walking from Fraserburgh (where i live) to Maud (25km), my mum will come and pick me up from there. My friend will drop me off from Dyce the following day and I will walk to Ellon (20 km) and get the bus home and on the third day i will complete the middle section but not sure which way or how I will work the transport :lol: . My good old mum will probaly be driving about the countryside looking for me. Hope you get good weather, maybe see you at some point.
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