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Away to Angus

Away to Angus


Postby weaselmaster » Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:54 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Creag nam Mial, Creigh Hill, Crock, Deuchary Hill, Hare Cairn, Hill of Persie, Meall Mor (Angus), Mile Hill

Date walked: 05/07/2020

Distance: 53.3 km

Ascent: 2328m

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I haven't written one of these for a while! After all the discussion we've had about where to head when lockdown was relaxed, a crappy weather forecast meant we decided to head to the north east to tackle a little group of eight subs.With lots of trees to negotiate. Lets say it wouldn't have been my first choice, nor indeed Allison's.


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Anyway we set off into the rain with the traffic rather subdued by the bad weather. Up to Alyth and our first hill - Mile Hill. I'd decided we'd do this from the south, which made it quicker to get to Backwater Reservoir for our second, and used Robert Phillips' route, which begins at a tarmacked road heading to a farm and an artists studio. Some buildings to pass, then across a cowfield and onto the hillside proper. Summit has no distinguishing features and the mist was down. Headed back the same way.

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Mile Hill
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Drove a few miles along to the dam at Backwater, round to a marked parking place on the east side. This is an ideal spot to start Creigh Hill - there's a gate just to the south of the parking area and an ATV track/sheep tracks that take you along to the summit. Again back down the same way, an hour in all.

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The next pair of hills, Hare Cairn and Crock, had caused me to break a little sweat in the planning process. There were several reports of how awful the terrain was, especially getting through felled tree areas. However, I found one by Gordon Ballatyne which seemed to be the easiest - drive to Freuchies and use the ample parking area for the ski trails, then take the forestry road up the middle of the two hills. It was still raining with clag covering the tops when we set off.

The initial track is fine. We chose to go up Crock first - using forestry track then an extraction track amongst the new plantation. Wasn't bad, considering. There's an area of felled/windblown old trees to be traversed or avoided before the summit can be attained - we kept to the edge of the mature trees and had a wee tussle to get through to open hillside then got to the top across heather.

Hare Cairn
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Wee bit of difficulty here
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Out of the trees
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A crock on Crock (I'll pay for that :wink: )
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Followed our ascent path more or less to get back down to the central track. Amused an inquisitive herd of cows by giving them a song, though Allison upset them by singing a rude one and they ran off. Continued over the bridge then used another forest track to begin the ascent of Hare Cairn. At the single dead tree we turned left up another extraction track to reach the summit - pretty easy going.

The dead tree
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Hare Cairn
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Crock from Hare
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We headed back the way we'd come in and drove a few miles along the road towards Blacklunans, where we stayed in an eco-campsite once apon a time, and picked off Meall Mor from the roadside. The woods at the start were crawling with pheasants. Followed the treeline/fence line up and then back down. Mount Blair in the background.

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Then it was a stop off at Hill of Persie. I hadn't actually planned to add this one to our list and wasn't sure what route I had in my GPS - I recalled that Rodmeister had used a route from the ski hire place, but the one I had was more direct (probably Phillips again). We therefore parked in a layby beside a gate and went over an empty cowfield on the west side of Glen Shee to reach this one. Reasonable going, apart from a sharp descent just before the summit, which we skirted round on the return leg.

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Our last two were in Perthshire, not Angus: Deuchray Hill and the more awkward Creag nam Mial. I'd decided to take a route from Guay, which was considerably shorter than attempting this pair from Dunkeld. Most of it was on track, according to the OS map. The area is honeycombed with tracks on the map - I didn't know what state they would be in on the ground. We parked about a kilometre up the Guay road from the A9, where there's parking for half a dozen or more cars, and set out on the good track, passing a number of walkers, including a couple of lads with big packs and a wheeled trolley thing - God knows where they were going. Some rather nice scenery to walk through, some of it reminiscent of paths in the Cairngorms. We rounded on Deuchray Hill, which looked appealing across Lochan na Beinne. On the way down we ran into Bod and Val, and had a good old natter.

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Deuchray Hill
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Loch Ordie
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Bod & Val
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We continued around to the east of Loch Ordie (which sadly we didn't really see, except from at the top of Deuchray Hill) and made for Creag nam Mial. Track was fine, though there was the matter of the Buckny Burn to cross, after a night of rain. We took a line up towards Creag nam Mial, following the stone wall and deerfence, managed to get across the burn using the wooden supports for the fence and traipsed on through heather to eventually reach the summit. There's an old building just shy of the top, presumably a sheiling. Nice views and big skies from up there. The descent was a little bit hideous - over bog/heather/tussock which didn't please Allision - would probably have been easier to retrace our ascent route. Anyway, we got back to the path and followed a succession of farm tracks to get back to the car.

rather overgrown path
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Creag nam Mial
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Nice to get out again, despite the rather less than summery weather, at least the midges and clegs were elsewhere :wink:
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Re: Away to Angus

Postby PeteR » Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:37 pm

Certainly an interesting selection to mark your return.....Creag nam Mial is the only hill I have left in that area.....I have a suspicion it might stay that way for a while longer though, as it doesn't look like it wants to yield that easily
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Re: Away to Angus

Postby scoob999 » Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:24 pm

Our local hills :D
Can I just say, you missed some seriously good tumps :wink:
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Re: Away to Angus

Postby weaselmaster » Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:52 pm

scoob999 wrote:Our local hills :D
Can I just say, you missed some seriously good tumps :wink:


With lockdown easing, the attraction of TuMPs has somewhat diminished :wink:
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