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Clachnaben

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Clachnaben
Author: Beagrie, Published: 14 May 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Aberdeenshire, Glen Dye
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Clachnaben
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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Scenic North-East Scotland low hills walk. Overlooking Deeside and Glen Dye this can be the start for more challenging summits. A peak at a little over 500m the initial ascent is easy as you follow the track through grazing fields and over a meandering stream. The trees offer shelter, but the terrain can be slippery and more steep (but the path has been enhanced by development work). Coming out of the treeline the summit can be clearly seen and the path carves round the hill in an increasingly steep gradient which has been laid with stone. A slight scramble to the very top has the reward of panoramic views around Deeside.

An afternoon walk for the family and some degree of fitness is needed especially the last section.

The start point of the walk can be found on the B974 between Strachan and Fettercairn. Park within the old quarry.

Glen Dye, Nr Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 6LS

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Walk Sections

Start to Stream

Start point: 56.9719 lat, -2.579 long
End point: 56.9647 lat, -2.5907 long

Leaving the Quarry car park you climb up through the woods before following the path down past the Lodge House. There are a number of stiles to cross before reaching the bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right to follow the path parallel to the stream.

Stream to Treeline

Start point: 56.9647 lat, -2.5907 long
End point: 56.9641 lat, -2.608 long

An easy walk over flat ground crossing the stream at several fords and bridges before a final stile.

Treeline to Tree line end

Start point: 56.9641 lat, -2.608 long
End point: 56.967 lat, -2.6194 long

An increase in the gradient is accompanied by skirting a short wooded section which runs alongside a stream.

Tree line end to Summit

Start point: 56.967 lat, -2.6194 long
End point: 56.9681 lat, -2.6343 long

Leaving the trees the summit can be seen over the heather and the gradient increases significantly. The path is solidly laid and winds its way round and up to the summit. The final peak is steep and requires some scrambling and not the easiest to find purchase on in a strong wind.
The return leg simply follows the same path back down to the car park.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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