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Fernyhowe at last.

Fernyhowe at last.


Postby litljortindan » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:20 pm

Route description: Corrachree circuit and Knockargerty, Tarland

Date walked: 07/09/2019

Time taken: 480 hours

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 110m

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This is a two in one report of our two walks to Fernyhowe; the first on 18/08/19 less than successful, the second on 07/09/19 eventually successful.

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Route well marked with these.

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A pleasant track through the woods with glimpses of the surrounding hills.

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Glimpse of Morven.

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Drummy Moor off to the right (north).

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Brief change of woodland.

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My camera's inability to cope with the sun.

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Speckled woodland butterfly.

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Diversion point for Fernyhowe.

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Forecast was for rain later but looks like trouble ahead.

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Sad face because of rain.

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We followed the turn off left from the main track and it was a bit of a muddy mess at the start. Then we ran in to excess overgrowth of undergrowth and gave up.

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We debated over whether to do the loop walk, given the rain was on but decided to go for it.

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I thought sheep were civilised.

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Brollies down at last.

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Brollies back up one minute later!

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This is nice!

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Plenty of these.

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A gap in the woods.

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Had to divert into the last bit of woodland to avoid this. Thus ended our first attempt to walk to Fernyhowe. BUT we returned twenty days later with more success. This time we parked at the foot of the hill beside the diversion point so a very short walk. However, I'd supposed we would have to keep on the main track this time and then find a way onto the top from there to avoid the overgrowth we'd encountered first time round. This took us on a less overgrown, but stil overgrown, path to the west that looped back east up to a stile from where it is a short stroll onto the middle of the plateau or fort site.

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No brollies today but there is a chill in the air.

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Good view of Morven through the trees below the west end of Fernyhowe.

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Zoom to Clachnaben.

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Mount Keen.

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Lochnagar and what looks like the firebreak return leg of the Culblean wood / Burn o' Vat loop.

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Morven from the top.

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Keen again.

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The stile we carefully climbed because of the nearby barbed wire and, right, the barbless broken fence we simply stepped over on the way back.

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Thought we might have to double back the way we'd come but found that someone had been up to chop back the vegetation so we had a cleared path for the normal route!

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