Wintery Bennachie

Route: Bennachie: Oxen Craig and Mither Tap

Sub 2000s: Bennachie (Oxen Craig)

Date walked: 07/01/2018

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 9.25km

My OH was going into work today in Aberdeen, so I figured I'd drop him off (with retired dog) and head over to Bennachie for a walk with the other two. I headed round to the Back O Bennachie car park, it's my preferred start point for walking up there, and well wrapped up we headed off following the track through the forest and we were soon out on the snowy hill side. There had been plenty of people up there leaving a path of compacted snow, good to walk on at the moment though that will change if it turns into ice!


The dogs were having fun eating and rolling in the snow. Had a bit of fun with them at a rock outcrop where they were showing off with their posing!



We skipped visiting the summits, we've been up several times before and there were a lot of people out so we took the bypass path avoiding Oxen Craig and headed along towards Mither Tap. While not the highest, it is by far the most popular of the peaks and everytime I looked there seemed to be a good few people standing at the summit.

Spot the dogs...Mither Tap in the background

We followed the track around and Moss took an interest in one of the sign posts that are dotted around up there!

Which way Moss?

We continued on our circuit, turning to Craigshannoch rather than heading up to Mither Tap to join the crowd. The snow here was less compacted, Craigshannoch isn't one of the popular ones I guess. There was no one there at all, and at the fork the dogs turned and started heading up themselves. While the other two summits may be popular with people, this one seems to be a favourite of my dogs!


Craigshannoch visited we continued on following the track around until we reached the track we came up on. A very pleasant circuit, the dogs enjoyed themselves running about and it was a great way to spend and afternoon while OH was in the office!



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