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Fleeing the rain in Aberdeenshire, part 2

Fleeing the rain in Aberdeenshire, part 2


Postby superstar_tradesman » Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:15 am

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Benaquhallie

Date walked: 07/02/2016

Time taken: 0.75 hours

Distance: 5.5 km

Ascent: 180m

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After a quick trip up Craiglich earlier, this was the second of two nice wee Aberdeenshire hill runs. Mission accomplished of getting to the top and back without getting wet, but I did lose my Fitbit somewhere on the way :( This has been my health saver since I started working from home, telling me I need to get off my backside and do some exercise, so hopefully there's a grouse or rabbit on the hill looking after it now, while I buy a new one…

I followed Tom Craggs' advice and parked in the disused quarry at the high point on the B9119. From here, Benaquhallie looked very enticing in a brief moment of sunshine!

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Benaquhallie from the quarry


So I crossed the road, headed down the track, through the gate and immediately struck left up the E side of the fence and over Tulloch Hill. The route to the top was straightforward—follow the rough ATV track all the way, keeping to the S of the fence/dyke, through a nice wee stand of pines, and then more steeply through heather to the summit trig.

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Winter sun from the summit


I went over to inspect the elaborate cairn to the S; it's certainly an interesting design…

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The Benaquhallie cairn


I retraced my steps, almost literally, as I had my eyes to the ground looking for the pesky fitbit, but it was gone :( It was pretty breezy by now, but stayed dry, so I returned to the car at least knowing I'd done some exercise even if there was one less gadget to give me praise for it :)

Overall, a really nice couple of afternoon runs in one of my favourite parts of Scotland.
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superstar_tradesman
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Re: Fleeing the rain in Aberdeenshire, part 2

Postby jackfrost » Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:04 pm

That's a bummer about the Fitbit. Make sure you add an entry to the Lost and Found area
http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewforum.php?f=28

You never know, maybe the next time you're up there in ten years you'll stumble across it since you'll likely be the next person up that route :wink:
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Re: Fleeing the rain in Aberdeenshire, part 2

Postby superstar_tradesman » Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:33 pm

jackfrost wrote:That's a bummer about the Fitbit. Make sure you add an entry to the Lost and Found area
http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewforum.php?f=28

You never know, maybe the next time you're up there in ten years you'll stumble across it since you'll likely be the next person up that route :wink:


I didn't know about the Lost and Found, but I have this thought of sitting at home watching my fitbit app clock up loads of steps because it's somehow picking up that a rabbit is now running around Benaquhallie wearing the band :lol:
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Location: Northeast Fife

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