Twenty two people turned up on the day for this walk. The weather was dry with sunny spells, however, there was a strong breeze from the South which made it feel a lot cooler than the 8 degree centigrade actual temperature when out in the open hillside.
We had a comfort stop in Alford whilst on our way to the starting point of the walk at Milltown of Towie. Twenty walkers disembarked at the start point whilst two remained on the bus as it headed off to the finishing point at Tarland. Of the two that remained on the bus, one walker climbed up the hill towards Pressenfye to meet the incoming main group while the other walked in the vicinity of Drummy Wood.
The main group stayed relatively close together whilst climbing up the slopes & ridges towards Pressendye. Visibility was good & there were great views Northwards of the various hills around: Tap o Noth, The Buck, Bennachie etc. At the trig point on Pressendye the vistas to the South took in Morven, Lochnasgar & Mount Keen & there was still a smattering of snow on these tops.. The group did not linger on the top as it was chilly due to the strong Southerly breeze which had not relented throughout the day. Lunch stop was at the foot of the track just at the entry to the forest around Pittendreich. It was an ideal spot as it was sunny & out of the wind. From there it was a fairly straightforward route following the marker posts downhill towards Tarland.
Everyone was back at the bus around 2:30 pm so there was time for tea & scones at the village café for some while others had a choice of two hotels for something a little stronger.
A good day was had by all & the bus left on time at 3:30 pm & our driver, Jules, got us back in Aberdeen well before our scheduled finishing time. Gilbert