Correen Hills

Today’s walk is around a collection of hills to the North West of Alford. We start off at the car park East of the Hill of Millmedden

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Following the path West, it seems to diverge from the map, we’ve missed a fork and are on a forestry track (unmarked on OS) that runs roughly parallel to it

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Back on the real path cutting through the plantation

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Quite narrow, soft and dark going in places, it eventually emerges below Peter’s Prop. We’re not the only folk out on the hill today. Definitely good trail running territory

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Investigating a pool near ‘pile of stones’

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Heading North towards Blacklatch Well

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The muirburn has provided some odd pink moss an opportunity to spread

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The well is lovely and clear (well until Barney the dog enjoys splashing around in it)

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Heading further North there’s ‘peat moss’ to the left on the map, I can hear a few frogs ribbeting

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Some old boundary stone. D on one side..

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C on the other. The path on the map travels north then back South either side of peat moss but you could cut a shorter path across following the fence which has decent ground alongside it

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But then, going a wee bit further North you get a decent view of Tap O’Noth

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Though if you don’t like wind farms I guess you’d be better taking the short cut. Didn’t expect to see a solar farm too. We stop here for lunch

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Zooming in I can see the rocky remains of the fort and the outer enclosure, must have been a real sight back in ancient times

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Reed bunting I think

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A deep mossy furrow emerges from the heather. Fortunately today is quite dry I imagine this being very spongey when wet

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We climb back past the ‘peat moss’ up on to Badingair hill with a scattering of sparse windswept trees

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Fence sticking strictly to the ‘D’ side

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Looking West past what may be the quarry

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If it was windy enough to blow the owner’s hat beyond retrieval, then I dare say they rather would have been down on the green

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Looking West past another marker stone towards The Buck

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Another wee pond. I always have a look for frogs or newts, but here again is just a skating rink for pond skaters

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Passing Brux Hill I think, a wee cairn

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Zoomed in

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Near Edinbanchory hill starting to get views rolling South and West

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At max zoom I can see the trig point on what will be the high point of the day, Lord Arthur’s hill. There’s also a shiny thing and possibly a wee cairn

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Tree o’Noth

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Heading past a plantation on the right. This’d be nice in autumn

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A rock with ‘bits’. I know very little geology so couldn’t say if these are fossilised ‘things’ or just floaty rock bits

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The path cuts North East to the top on the map, however an unmapped track forks upwards 100m beforehand, when approaching from the West. It’s less of a steep climb and rejoins halfway up

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The hill of the shiny pyramids (there’s quite a few) (some sort of grouse feeding devices I think)

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Almost there. A rugged shelter appears

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I go to have a look at the lump I spotted from afar, 50m from the trig point, looks like remnants of a shooting hide I guess

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I wonder if he can see us

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More rocks with bits. probably has a long name

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A decent wee shelter. Well done to the unknown heavy lifters of yore

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Rolling fields of Howe of Alford

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Trig n Tap

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We begin to descend North East

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The path winds it’s way downwards

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More lushly carpeted trail

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Looking down from Fouchie Shank

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Can’t say I ever noticed pine flowers before

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Everybody making good pace

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Looking back up

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Think this one’s neither a D or a C

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Through the trees, the 16th century Terpersie Castle

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It’s now a private residence, so just a sneaky wee snap round the corner of the drive way. I don’t enquire if they have any tapestries. Nice flag.

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All stragglers accounted for we set off for the Feughside inn for food and drink, lovely view from the restaurant and the new chef provides an excellent meal

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