Back to one hilldog since Coinneach has been sacked , I was desperate for a longer walk and decided, since Moss hasn't done Mount Battock, to head up there via the granite tor of Clachnaben (I've done it from the Glen Esk side before). The walk up to Clachnaben we've done numerous times, it's a very nice walk on a clear path and from there the highway to Mount Battock is all too clear to see. Okay, not the most scenic of routes but I can't complain too much as we were rewarded with a sighting of a distant Golden Eagle! And no walk can really be a bad walk if you see one of these, can it? I don't think it can anyway! Also saw buzzards, red kite, golden plover (LOTS of these near the summit of Mount Battock) and a few hares including a leveret so wildlife sighting wise, it wasn't too bad a walk. It is a long walk, wouldn't fancy it in strong wind or bad weather because there is little in the way of shelter and I suspect in poor visibility the walk would really drag on, as it was there was enough to provide a distraction, wildlife for me and Moss found a nice pool to have a swim in,a tunnel to run through (several times) and she does seem to enjoy finding construction vehicles on route, possibly the only one who does!
Really not a lot else to say about this route, so I'll just leave some pictures
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