Our Winter Walks

Sunday 20th January 2019: Seven Tops of Bennachie

Sunday 20th January 2019 Walk host: Ken Neil
8am departure from Gordondale Road Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £15 Tel: N/A
Map: OSsheets 37 and 38 Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 5-6pm

Main Walk: 15km (9 miles), walk duration 5 hours plus stops

We start from the Donview carpark (674188) and head NW then NE to the summit of Millstone Hill (677202). The route continues N to Mither Tap (682224) and then W to Oxen Craig (663227) by way of Craigshannoch. We carry on W over Watch Craig to Hermit Seat, from where we head SW over Black Hill (635219) and then NW and finally N to the pub in Auchleven (624246).

Alternative Walk

This is a short walk, so there should be no need for an alternative, but if the weather conditions are bad it would be possible to miss out some of the tops.

Sat 9th Feb 2019: Fife Coast / Elie Chain Walk

Saturday 9th February 2019 Walk host: Liam Naughton
7am departure Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £15 Tel: N/A
Map: OS sheet 59 Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 7-8pmpm

Main Walk: 18km (11 miles), walk duration 6 hours with stops

One of our ever-popular coastal walks, this time a return to one last done in 2009. No hills and a chance to try Scotland's only via ferrata (iron way in Italian). We have timed it to coincide with low tide, avoiding wet feet....

This chain assisted coastal scramble can be avoid by staying on the beach, or by sticking to the coastal path on top of the cliffs.

After the excitement, the walk continues to follow the signed coastal path through Elie and St Monans to Pittenweem.

Several descriptions of the chain walk can be found on the web e.g. https://jamescarron.wordpress.com/features/elie-chainwalk-step-by-step-guide/

Alternative Walks

This is a through walk. It may be possible to drop anyone wanting a shorter walk closer to the end. This can be agreed on the day

Sun 10th Mar 2019: Glen Effock to Glen Clova

Sunday 10th March 2019 Walk host: Helen
7am departure from Gordondale Road Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £15 Tel: N/A
Map: Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 6-7pm

Main Walk: 19km (12 miles), walk duration 7 hours plus stops

The walk starts from Glen Esk at the entrance to Glen Effock (458790), heading SW over the bridge of the Water of North Esk to a path (451784) climbing to Cairn Caidloch, 647m. Continue on this path heading west to ascend Wester Skuiley, 736m and Muckle Cairn, 826m. Carry on westwards over the northern sides of two unnamed tops at 855m and 857m to reach Green Hill, 870m then drop down either side of Loch Brandy to the Clova Hotel 327731). If time permits, The Goet, 896m and Ben Tirran can be included.

Alternative Walk

Those wanting a shorter walk can remain on the bus to the Clova hotel and do a circuit of Loch Brandy or other walks in the area.