Some Tumps south of Haugh o Glass

Date walked: 16/09/2021

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 10km

Ascent: 400m

Rain greeted us as we started off to pick up Harvey. However it was short-lived, as we drove west towards Alford and a land illuminated by the September sun.

Craig Watch and Craig Dorney
Parked up on the grass verge at the Brig o Ardgallie as advertised by Dave McG.

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Parkup at Brig o Ardgallie for the Craigs

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Took the track through an unlocked gate alongside a fairly deep ravine to where the the overgrown track cut off left.

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The entrance to the overgrown track on Craig Watch

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GordonB and H on the soggy overgrown track below Craig Watch

It was a bit soggy too but the tree planting drills above us ran vertically up the hill and had been used by animals in a few places to gain access to the summit area. One was marked by a white stick, but we continued a little further along the overgrown track before striking up through the trees to emerge not far from the top. A bit of moose-stepping through the heather got us to the fence running over the summit.

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The summit fence on Craig Watch

We followed the fence along to the spot.

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The top of Craig Watch by the fence with Ben Rinnes behind

GordonC spotted a solar powered comms mast in Glenmarkie to the north. Speculated it was a repeater for the grouse shooters.

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Solar powered comms mast in Glenmarkie

Returned the same route to the trees - more or less - to where we cut off the main track before it crossed the burn to follow a path skirting the trees on the E side of the Linn Burn to a fence and on the way, noted the parlous state if the footbridge across the burn marked on the map.

Followed the fence on the forest side until another fence forced us into the field on the S side. Followed the fence to the craggy top of Craig Dorney.

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H watching GordonB scramble up Craig Dorney

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Harvey at the top of Craig Dorney

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Where's the food Grandad ?

Took a shortcut from the top to the south, down through the field with the kye, who were huddled beside a feeder away to the W. Exited the field through a gate on to the road and walked along to the car.

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Back to the road from Craig Dorney

Gallows Hill

Drove along to a generous track exit to park up.

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Wandered up the track to where another track branched round the back of the wood. GordonC walked up the edge of the wood while I discovered a harvester track through the woods up to the crest of the ridge. The farmer had recently driven up the mapped track to gain access to another field. We "discovered" this track near the top which alleviated our trudge through the long grass.
Arrived at the top marked by a big dockey, a cairn and a wee outlying rise.

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Top of Gallows hill

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The Gallows tree ?

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Looking W across to Craig Dorney from Gallows Hill

Topped off all three before descending. Decided to take another adventurous "short-cut" down and struck through the wood, over a BWF and down the lush grassy field to the gate on the path. On the way down we tracked towards a flag flying at the rear of of the buildings of Backside. On the way past, we noticed that the flag looked a bit like the royal standard, although the Fleur de lis looked out of place !
Queen might've been in residence wi Macron !

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GordonB snapping the "Royal" standard

The "Royal" Standard

Hill of Dumeath

Drove along the road to park at the end of the track beside Chapel Burn at Dumeath,not far from Beldorney Castle.

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Followed the track alongside the burn until we reached the track branching off to the NE. Followed this to a gate then Nw skirting the trees through a young broadleaf plantation, following a faint track prob created by the planters, to reach the fence running over the top.

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The "planters" path up the edge of the wood on Dumeath

A bit of short, but vigorous moose-stepping ensued until we reached the sanctury of some mown paths around the summit area.

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Top of Dumeath

Thought about another "adventure" straight down to meet the track further down, but resisted the moment and returned the way we'd come up.

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Back down Dumeath through the broadleaf plantation

Back at the car, we unfrocked and headed for the Alford Bistro for a welcome coffee - nectar !.

A sunny day but a wee breeze to keep the flies and midgies away.

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