Our Spring Walks

SAT 13th APRIL - MORVEN AND 40TH MEAL

Saturday 13th April 2019 Walk host: Liz Jackson
8am departure Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £35 Tel: N/A
Map: Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 9pm

MAIN WALK: 16km / 10 miles, Ascent 700m, walk duration 5 hours PLUS stops

Starting at NJ299060 on the A939, the track starts northward before shortly turning southeast. When the track ends, continue SE then east over Scraulac, Craignagour Hill and Cairn Mona Gowan, crossing the Slacks of Glencarvie then turn to descend the south ridge of Mullachdubh to the col then climbing the NW ridge of Morven to the summit at 377040, 872m. Descend eastward to Balhennie, a ruined farmhouse then on to a minor road taking you to the A97 and the bus.

Other routes, such as round Loch Kinord or up to Ballater and taking the service bus back to Dinnet, are options which can be decided on the day.

The day will finish at the Holly Tree Bar at the back of the Loch Kinord Hotel with a late afternoon informal plated main meal (typically, curry, casserole, etc) and choice of desserts (help yourself) & coffee. You can share stories of adventures from some of our early members. Please bring along any old photographs of walks/weekends. If you can send them in digitally, we could set up a slideshow.

SAT 4th MAY - GLENSHEE HILLS (BEN GULBAIN, CARN A'GHEOIDH)

Saturday 4th May 2019 Walk host: Alex Barbour
7am departure Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £15 Tel: N/A
Map: Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 7-9pm

MAIN WALK: 16km / 10 miles, ascent 1,013m

Starting at the Spittal of Glenshee, the main walk climbs N then NW to the summit of Ben Gulabin, descends northwards to join a track going N over Carn Mor then NW and N to Carn a'Gheoidh (975 m) east to Carn nan Sac then NE to reach the ridge at 130781. Follow this south to the top of the Cairnwell (933 m) before returning down the ridge to the col 128788 descend east to the ski centre where the bus will be parked.

ALTERNATIVE WALK: 9km / 6miles, ascent 700m

Start from 114715 which is further north along the road. Missing out Ben Gulabin, continue on to Carn a'Gheoidh (975 m) and from there follow a well trodden path east to Carn nan Sac and then down to the ski area.

SAT 15th JUNE - MIDSUMMER WALK and BBQ - AUCHALLATER TO KEILOCH

Saturday 15th June 2019 Walk host: Liam Naughton
10am departure Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £20 Tel: N/A
Map: Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 8-9pm

MAIN WALK: 1 Munro, 18km / 10 miles, Ascent 700m, walk duration 6 hours PLUS stops

The walk starts at Auchallater on the A93, a few miles south of Braemar. We head SE, then S by the Callater Burn to Lochcallater Lodge. We then head uphill on a path going SE, then NE to the col before heading SE again to the summit of Carn an Sagairt Mor. The descent goes N E to meet a path coming up from the Ballochbuie Forest. The track crosses the Dee at the Invercauld Bridge to meet the A93. The walk finishes at the car park at Keiloch and the BBQ.

ALTERNATIVE WALK: 16km / 11 miles, Ascent 520m walk duration 5-1/2 hours PLUS stops

The alternative walk follows the main walk for a mile past the end of the loch, where it turns N to the top of Creag an Loch, then along the top to Meall an t-Slugain before heading NE to meet the track about 204880, continuing as for the main walk.

The afternoon finishes with a BBQ in the car park, where burgers, sausages etc will be provided by the club, just bring your own beverages. The invite email will ask you to advise any dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian or allergies.

FRI 5 - SUN 7 JULY 2019 CIVILISED CAMPING WEEKEND - HUNTLY

Hi folks. Get your camping equipment looked out and get set for a great weekend at Huntly Castle Caravan Park (they take tents and motorhomes as well!)

Book your own pitch in the campsite directly with Huntly Castle Caravan Park, then let us know how many of you are coming by emailing stocketshost@gmail.com

The format is very informal, arrive when you can on Friday or even Saturday. We have fish and chips on Friday night, cycling, walking, doing touristy things (one year some of us went to Portsoy for the boat festival), followed by a communal BBQ on Saturday evening. You will be asked to bring salad or something as part of the meal. There is a farmers' market in Huntly Square on Saturday morning so hopefully you can acquire local produce. Some folk like to do something on Sunday before heading home.

Bring your kids, dogs, friends, good weather - all welcome. Tents can be supplied if you are stuck. Let us know, please.

See the website for charges (we will be into High Season). Looks like they require a deposit of £s20. Please mention that you are part of the Stocket group and whether you need an electrical point. Please let us know when you have done this so we know how many people we are expecting.

To make a reservation book online, email enquiries@huntlycastle.co.uk or call 01466 794999. Hope to see you there.