There were 22 walkers on today’s walk. We left Aberdeen on a lovely sunny morning and headed south to our start point in Glen Esk. We had a comfort stop on the way at Edzell and saw the damage to the trees caused by the destructive winter storms. 12 got off the bus at Millden Lodge to do the main walk over Mount Battock and Clachnaben, the remainder stayed on the bus and continued round to do shorter walks in the Glen Dye area.
The main group started walking in bright warm sunshine but it soon got overcast with chilly winds on the tops. There were good tracks most of the way and after the initial steep climb up Mount Battock the going was more gentle to Clachnaben.
Most of the other group walked to Charr Bothy and then climbed Clachnaben where lunch was taken in a sheltered spot out of the cold wind. Both groups descended from Clachnaben to Miller’s Bog and continued to the Quarry car park where Martyn our bus driver managed to find a parking space.
Everyone was back before the intended departure time so we managed a half hour stop in Banchory, our first post pandemic traditional “pub stop”.
Thanks to Martyn we were safely back in Aberdeen before 6pm. Alan.