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Taking the Battock from behind...

Taking the Battock from behind...


Postby Jaxter » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:20 pm

Route description: Clachnaben, Glen Dye

Corbetts included on this walk: Mount Battock

Date walked: 07/08/2018

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 25.64 km

Ascent: 1112m

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Previous day - Brown Coo & and overdose of heather

It was not an early start – I was treated to a fabulous breakfast courtesy of the friend who had stood me up the previous evening (definitely worth the wait) – but it was summer and early starts didn’t really matter 8)

I drove the few miles around to the car park just before Bridge of Dye – I couldn’t be bothered to drive around to Glen Esk and this looked like a nicer route anyway :thumbup: A quick change and I was good to go!

I followed the track from the car park which led me easily to a farm track. Already I could see the big granite tor of Clachnaben ahead
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Across a stile I continued along the track which led me through a humongous herd of sheep all making a row
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It was easy walking along here – even the boggy bits of track had wee bridges over them, probably thanks to the Clachnaben Path Trust, a local charity. The path led into the forest and followed a burn gently upwards. Once out of the trees the gradient increased a little but gave good views back the way
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The final ascent to Clachnaben was a bit rougher underfoot and steeper and I met a fair few people coming down. They were all complaining about the wind – looks like it wouldn’t be a day for hanging around too much :roll:
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They weren’t kidding – the large rocks gave some shelter but it was blowing a hoolie :lol:
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I played around on the giant tor for a while but it was chilly and pretty tricky to stand up :lol: I would probably be coming back this way so hoped that the wind might have dropped by then…

I could see ahead to Mount Battock – it looked a long way :shock:

Looking back to the Clachnaben tor
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The trig point was a little more sheltered and gave more views back to the tor
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The track was good underfoot which meant I was able to eat up the miles quickly – before long the giant tor was far behind me
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The long and winding road ahead to Mount Battock
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Not really the sort of sign you expect to come across in the hills…I figured it probably didn’t apply to me :roll:
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It wasn’t the most interesting walk but it was good to be out and I was a little more sheltered here…looking back showed how far I had come (and how far I had to go back :lol: )
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The track began to climb more steeply as I approached the final ascent and I branched left off the main track – I was now far above Clachnaben
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There were several vague paths to the summit but the visibility was good and easy enough underfoot to make it a simple stroll to the summit of Mount Battock.
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Views towards Lochnagar
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It was still windy but there was space to shelter so I sat for a while to enjoyed my lunch and planned my next move. There was scope for returning down the glen (slightly further but more sheltered) but in the end I decided to stay up to enjoy the views 8)

I got bored on the walk back so ran quite a lot of the way – it was easy enough underfoot but running with a camera is a total pain :roll:

Back near Clachnaben – looking to Mount Battock
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And to Clachnaben itself
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Dropping down the side of the tor – an impressive sight
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Retracing my steps wasn’t the most interesting route but it required no thinking which was quite nice at least :lol: Back at the track the sheepy army were out in force…
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I stopped for another photo of the giant tor as I negotiated the stile…
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…before walking the final few minutes to the car and heading back to Ballater to find somewhere to pitch my tent 8) A nice walk - Clachnaben definitely being the highlight, and one to return to with less wind :roll:

Next day's adventures - a biggie!


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