Hill Walking Club
Mannofield Church Hill Walking and Rambling Club Programme for 2017
Mannofield Church hill walking and rambling club has existed for almost 30 years attracting both church and non church members. Several of the original members are still keen walkers in the club.
Our club typically begins the walking season in March, ends in October and includes a weekend away, this year in Callander (week ending 10th and 11th June).
Walks vary, starting the year with less difficult walks and progressing to longer walks which sometimes may include a munro.
If this type of informal outing appeals to you, you would be very welcome to join our group for a single walk or, perhaps, join the club for the season.
29th April - Corrennie Moor – A new walk for our club. Starting at the end of a forest track at the side of the A944 on the left just past Tillyfourie we head through the trees and then emerge on to Corrennie Moor and head for the summit of Red Hill. We then head downhill round the woods and then NE to the summit of Green Hill and onwards to White Hill then return to our outward track via Culthibert and back to the car park. 8.5 miles, 1000ft ascent, 4.5-5hrs. You need: stout walking shoes or boots, waterproofs and a picnic. CAR TRANSPORT
27th May - Glen Clova – Starting in the car park beside the River South Esk walk north along the road for a short distance then take the track on the right up past Gella and through a gate on to the ridge walk. Head north over The Aud to where the track forks, take the right fork and follow it to a point where there is a narrow track on the right at a “corner”. Head south and gently uphill to cross over Craigthran and continue generally south until the ruins of an old community where a track branches of to the right. Take this track and follow it until you reach the gate above Gella and return to the car park. 7 miles, 1300ft ascent, 4 hours. For the longer walk, after crossing The Aud, continue north on the left fork crossing the Tops of Fichell and onwards to Manywee. The tracks get less well defined on the approach to Manywee. From the summit head south-east to meet up with the main track where we then turn right heading westerly and then taking the southerly track over Craigthran and head back to the car park as per the shorter walk. 9.5 miles, 2000ft ascent, 5.5 hours. We then get the bus to the Clova Hotel for High Tea. You need: full mountain hillwalking kit & picnic.BUS TRANSPORT
10th and 11th June Callander The club’s week-end away. Walks to be agreed at Callender
24th June 2017: Loch Callater – a little-visited gem.
24th June 2017: Loch Callater (Continued)
29th July - Glen Lethnot
26th August - Glas Tulaichean – Leave the Dalmunzie House Hotel car park and head north westerly on a track past Glenlochsie farm along the route of an old dismantled railway to the ruin of Glenlochsie Lodge then take the track leading uphill to Glas Tulaichean. 9 miles, 2260’ ascent, 5 hours. You need: full mountain hillwalking kit and picnic.CAR TRANSPORT
30th September - Glen Buchat – Start at NJ347183 and head up the road past Ballochduie and Newseat, just before Ryntaing take a track through an open field to meet up with a hill track at the NE corner. Follow this track in a generally easterly direction to Creag an Sgor where we can have lunch and enjoy lovely views (weather permitting). We then continue south-easterly across short heather to meet up with the track leading down to and across the Firbriggs Hills. Continue south past Blackhillock farm to the glen road and turn left down the glen road to meet the bus at its junction with the A97. If time allows a visit to the nearby Glenbuchat Castle is possible. 9 miles, 1300’ ascent, 5 hours. You need: full mountain hillwalking kit and picnic.BUS TRANSPORT
28th October – Balnamoon’s Cave – Start at the car park at the Invermark end of the Glen Esk road, Take the track heading up Glen Mark. After a short visit to the Queen’s Well (optional) take the track which follows the River Mark and cross the burn which runs down from Glenmark Lodge and continue alongside rhe R Mark .After a short distance a more significant ford is reached. If it can be easily crossed then do so and follow the tracks westwards on the south side of the river until the area of Balnamoon’s Cave is reached. If the R Mark cannot be easily crossed stay on the north side, continuing westerly and a more suitable crossing point may be found. Failing that at least we have a decent walk. 9 Miles, 600’ ascent, 4 hours. You need: stout walking shoes or boots, waterproofs and a picnic. CAR TRANSPORT
From Red Hill a clear view of Bennachie and (if look the other way) of Lochnagar
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