Cambus O’May to Dinnet

With conditions to the West not ideal underfoot, this month’s hike was a lower level affair starting at Cambus O’May near Ballater, through to Dinnet and then back along a different route.

Cambus O'May car park sign

Cambus O’May car park sign

 

Cambus O'May car park sign 2

Cambus O’May car park sign 2

There was another sign about disease affecting the local Juniper bushes. More here

View West climbing up from the car park at Cambus O'May

View West climbing up from the car park at Cambus O’May

Sleeves quickly rolled up as it was a fine day with the sun breaking through now and then.

Zooming in to snow capped  munros to the West

Zooming in to snow capped munros to the West

 

Perfect still in a pond..

Perfect still in a pond..

 

Too slow to get a reflection shot before Barney's canine enthusiasm spread ripples across it

Too slow to get a reflection shot before Barney’s canine enthusiasm spread ripples across it

 

Rocky outcrops on the lower slopes of Culblean Hill

Rocky outcrops on the lower slopes of Culblean Hill

 

Wee stream passing what I learned was a Juniper bush. They're kinda like a slimmed down more fragile gorse

Wee stream passing what I learned was a Juniper bush. They’re kinda like a slimmed down more fragile gorse

 

Vein in granite

Vein in granite

The path crossed a power line, the fire break around it created a corridor to the West where we could see miles

Snow capped peaks in the Lochnagar direction

Snow capped peaks in the Lochnagar direction

 

Meandering through the woods towards Burn O'Vat

Meandering through the woods towards Burn O’Vat

 

Up above the Vat we can hear voices echoing up

Up above the Vat we can hear voices echoing up

 

Vent thing unexpectedly sprouting from the hil

Vent thing unexpectedly sprouting from the hil

 

Silver birches and green boulders approaching the Vat

Silver birches and green boulders approaching the Vat

 

Peeping through a small gap in the rocks..

Peeping through a small gap in the rocks..

 

Through the gap opens into towering walls

Through the gap opens into towering walls

Entering the ‘vat’ is a ‘wow’ moment, it’s pretty impressive. The photos don’t really do it’s geological intrigue and spectacle justice.

Obligatory scenic selfie

Obligatory scenic selfie

 

Not bad clambering for a 70 year old

Not bad clambering for a 70 year old

It's not far from a car park, and quite busy. If you were a serious tog you'd want to come off-peak.

It’s not far from a car park, and quite busy. If you were a serious tog you’d want to come off-peak.

The bowl shape is was apparently caused by a trapped rock spiraling around for eons. Also, the sand has another 7 metres of depth below

Burn O'Vat pothole

Burn O’Vat pothole waterfall

In a brief break in the traffic, I quickly clambered into the stream, propped the new camera on a boulder and fired off a quick long exposure shot. Apparently there’s a bit of a cave behind the main fall. If I’d known that before, I’d have taken a wee look.. next time

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Let's clamber up a bit

Let’s clamber up a bit

 

A bit slippery but the view back to the pothole

A bit slippery but the view back to the pothole

 

A final snap then onwards to the next stop

A final snap then onwards to the next stop

 

Waiting to come through are the next batch of visitors

Waiting to come through are the next batch of visitors

 

Back out through the gap

Back out through the gap

We stopped for a while at the footbridge, which was capturing the sun nicely, there’s a poem carved into it

A poem carved in the footbridge rail

A poem carved in the footbridge rail

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At the end pf the path is a visitor’s centre where we stopped for lunch

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Out the corner of my eye I noticed something crossing the car park towards the busy road

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Grabbed it just in time as a white van was away to run over. Deposited him on the other side, guess he may be heading loch-ward for spring fun.

We head off towards the loch

Silver birches covered in moss, lichen and fungus

Silver birches covered in moss, lichen and fungus

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The path to the loch was almost entirely silver birch festooned in moss. Load of fungus growing from them

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May be bits left over from a race course

May be bits left over from a race course

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I could hear some odd bird calls, but they were moving around and a bit distant to snap. One landed..

Lapwing I think

Lapwing I think

A celtic cross 1200 years old overlooks the loch

Celtic cross at Loch Kinord

Celtic cross at Loch Kinord

Around the loch are these handy and cunning swing signs. At rest they fall back into the pillar into unobtrusive safety away from wind and collisions

Around the loch are these handy and cunning swing signs. At rest they fall back into the pillar into unobtrusive safety away from wind and collisions

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One of the loch’s islands

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A cormorant surveys the loch

A cormorant surveys the loch

Wind swept trees and moss covered rocks

Wind swept trees and moss covered rocks

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There’s a field full of teasle beside the loch

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Loch Kinord crannog

Loch Kinord crannog

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Lots of bird life on the loch

Lots of bird life on the loch

An unnamed lochan to the East of Loch Kinord

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We crossed the road at Dinnet and headed back along the Deeside way

Straight as an arrow far into the distance

Straight as an arrow far into the distance

 

The path diverges from the road around a moor surrounded by silver birch

The path diverges from the road around a moor surrounded by silver birch

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Close to the start now

Close to the start now

 

The old railway station and platform

The old railway station and platform

 

 

 

Originally built in 1905, then rebuilt in 1988, the suspension bridge at Cambus O' May was recently damaged in the flood and is closed

Originally built in 1905, then rebuilt in 1988, the suspension bridge at Cambus O’ May was recently damaged in the flood and is closed

We stopped to have a look at the damage inflicted upon the bridge by recent floods. It must have been some torrent to have reached up to it.

 

 

Damage to the Cambus O'May bridge

Damage to the Cambus O’May bridge

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Chaffinch

Chaffinch

Sun streaming through the trees at the end of the day

Sun streaming through the trees at the end of the day

 

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