Thought our Munro season was over as I'm not a winter walker, but the forecast for today (my day off, missed the glorious sunshine!) was pretty good so we headed out to Ben Chonzie to bag Millie the collie and my 20th Munro!
It was a pleasant walk through the glen, nothing strenuous so we made good progress. The bit that concerned me was crossing the stream below the dam. I'd read some previous reports that didn't fill me with much confidence but when the dam was in view I could see the ford was bone dry!
That obstacle out the way, we continued on coming across several grouse but no mountain hare.
There were, however, plenty of sheep around so the dogs were stuck on the lead much to their disappointment!
Reaching the cairn, we turned off the main track and onto a boggy but of path leading up the flank of Ben Chonzie. Higher up, the boggy bits were frozen so much firmer ground and the views were pretty good, almost like sunset/sunrise for most of the walk!
The fence posts came into sight, and it was an easy task of following the fence posts (okay, we did cut off a corner!) all the way to the summit!
At the summit the dogs posed for their summit photo - Munro number 20 for Millie (speckled collie) and Dottie the Dalmatian (the cuddly toy) and 16 for Moss!
With the summit plateau free of sheep, the dogs were allowed some free-time to have a run, roll and a play around..and eat some rabbit poop as dogs do!
Then it was time to head back down following the same route back. It might not have been the most challenging of walks, but it was great to get another shot up in the hills before the snow comes and is a really good quick walk for the shorter days! And the dogs, as always, really enjoyed getting back out on another adventure. As a bonus, I was back in plenty of time to nip into Dundee and pick up a few Christmas presents AND arrange a special pressie for my oldie dog Fly!
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