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Brown Cow Hill, following in Gordie's footsteps

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:37 am
by The Rodmiester
Gordie12 had done this one a couple of days ago and I had always marked this one to be done on the day I drove to Tomintoul for the AMC monthly meet at Tomintoul. I had read his report and thought I'd taken it in but no I did the same mistake as him followed the very inviting track on the right after passing the tree plantation :( and had to drop down between BCH and Carn Oighreag, I swear I even followed his size 12 footprints through the very same peat hags :lol: I was pleased to have reached the top ten minutes faster but this was to be later lost as I managed to overshoot the track when heading off through the thick heather and like him nearly to stand on a young grouse chick. Although there was a fair number of peat hags I found that walking in and along them was easier than jumping over and climbing up over the thick heather, might have been different had there been more rain though

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Car park at Corgarff Castle, walk up the track to the castle and pass castle on the right, head ocer to SE corner
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Corgarrf Castle
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Within the next field signs of an ATV track this will lead to the main track heading towards a
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Looking back to castle
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Track heading towards a tree plantation, this should help on the return journey to identify where the track exists as its sitting quite low and coming from the West is difficult to see
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After taking the track up Carn Oighreag and going too far West I came off to the South and headed for some peat hags which were quite easily by passed then started to climb the NE slopes of BCH where there are many more hags to pass through and more extensive this time
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Nearing the 823 summit the underfoot conditions become much more pleasant and dry
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823 summit cairn seems to have had a large stone added in the two days between Gordie's visit, Ben Avon in the distance
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Happy to have started the Corbett bagging weekend, with more to come tomorrow, I hope
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BCH summit cairn at 829m, from here I returned the shortest way to the track through the heather where I surprised lots of grouse and their chicks, and trying to miss as many peat hags on the way
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After missing the track on the way back, now back on track so to speak with the tree plantation on my left
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You can just see the feint path on the grassy mound to the left of the castle where you can leave the main track

Re: Brown Cow Hill, following in Gordie's footsteps

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:17 pm
by PeteR
Did this one in winter snow Rod......made those peat hags a joy, as the ground was nice and frozen :D

Not a bad hill though.......although it and its near Corbett neighbour get a bit of a bad press as being boring by some.

Re: Brown Cow Hill, following in Gordie's footsteps

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:00 pm
by The Rodmiester
PeteR wrote:Did this one in winter snow Rod......made those peat hags a joy, as the ground was nice and frozen :D

Not a bad hill though.......although it and its near Corbett neighbour get a bit of a bad press as being boring by some.


Agreed a nice frosty day would be ideal, Pete.

Re: Brown Cow Hill, following in Gordie's footsteps

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:26 pm
by Gordie12
Glad to see I'm not the only person that can take the wrong route on such an easy and short wander :lol:

Just checked my records, I thought this walk took me 3hrs but it was actually 2hrs 59 mins :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Brown Cow Hill, following in Gordie's footsteps

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:08 pm
by The Rodmiester
Gordie12 wrote:Glad to see I'm not the only person that can take the wrong route on such an easy and short wander :lol:

Just checked my records, I thought this walk took me 3hrs but it was actually 2hrs 59 mins :lol: :lol: :lol:


Wait until you see The Buck and Tap o' Noth times,you will be impressed.

Re: Brown Cow Hill, following in Gordie's footsteps

PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:18 pm
by dogplodder
After reading this and Gordie's report might just give this one a miss for a while! :lol:

Re: Brown Cow Hill, following in Gordie's footsteps

PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:04 pm
by The Rodmiester
dogplodder wrote:After reading this and Gordie's report might just give this one a miss for a while! :lol:


Gaiters the order for this one, glad I did not do it on the following day.