After a few domestics , I picked up GordonC, JohnB and finally Harvey, then off to Dinnet for our day's walk.
We were targetting the HuMPS of Scar Hill and Hill of Corrachree just north of Dinnet. We found a parkup slot where the Mullochdhu track branched off.
Good job we managed to park clear of the road, as a JCB digger came down from Burnside a few minutes after we stopped.
Where the track turned right into Altonrea there was a gate camouflaged by a roly straw bale and some other stuff.
Through the gate, the track was overgrown by prickly whins. After the whins was another gate taking us out into the birch wood beyond. The track hadn't been used very much and was overgrown with grass. However it was easily followed up through the trees until we had to decide where to go next
I chose the bealach between the top marked "cairn" and the main top, but I kept to the south of the fence initially blundering through the broom until GordonC shouted that there was quad track on the other side of the fence.
I was subsequently stripped of my Ray Mears trackers medal while GordonC received a bar to his !
We followed this track to the top then wandered around to find the highest spot before stopping for a wee while to admire the scenery from the cairn.
It was starting to brighten up, so we headed down the quad track before crossing back over the fence again to regain the track marked on the map.
After heaving Harvey over the fence again I noticed a gate a wee bit futher along towards the bealach that would've been a better place to cross the fence. Another of these all too frequent doh moments these days !.
As we passed Altonrea a muckle great dog ( something of the size of a Newfoundlander ) started barking at us - fortunately from behind a high gate, so we escaped without any bits of us missing
HILL OF CORRACHREE
We headed off up the road through Logie Coldstone and parked up just along the Collordon track.
John immediately spotted the path alongside a newly erected deer fence, mentioned by Nordicstar on the Hillbagging site..
There had been a trials biker up the path churning it up a bit. A wee mini fence had been erected beside the road to try to disuade the biker/s.
The path took us up the steep bit initially, then through a gate in the deer fence to take us over the brow o the hill to another gate, which I started to open until GordonC pointed out that the fence was down a few metres to the south. Doh again ! The track took us south then along the crest of the hill until the new deer fence appeard again, blocking our progress. Rather unsporting we thought, not to provide a style for us auld billies ! We checked left and right for a gate to get Harvey over, then decided to go to the south to climb over the fence in the corner. Near the corner, we came across a new ( to us ) contraption to allow a mystery animal to get through the fence. ( maybe badgers ? )
It transpired that there was just enough room for Harvey to squeeze through, so we christened it the"Harvey flap".
Varous animal tracks took us to the trig which had an abundance of sheep/rabbit droppings around it.
We took in the view to Morven to the north and Mt Keen to the south.
The wind had picked up so we retreated to the shelter of some pine trees on the other side of the deer fence for our piece.After having fended Harvey off our pieces, I noticed a ladybird on the laces of my shoe, which surprised us all, as we thought they either hibernated or migrated during the winter. ( what do we know - eh ? Another wiki-job when we get back )
Back the the car. we mounted up, and with a wheel-spinning about turn, headed along the B9119, which took us home - reminiscing about our previous ascents of Craiglich and Benaquhallie ( which still retains half of GordonC's spec case in the bowels of its trig) - on the way.
A grand day out with our new hill- buddie JohnB.
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