Date/TimeDate(s) - 05/04/2015
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Walk DetailsPub Stop?: No O/S Map Sheet No.: 28 Grid Ref. Start: 319517 Grid Ref. Finish 323399 Walk (Miles): 10 Walk Hours: 5 Bus Time to Walk:2.5 Bus Time from Walk: 2.0 Departure time from walk: 16:00
N.B. 8.00am start from Aberdeen.
Our walk today, sees us back on Speyside, to climb Ben Aigan which lies on a ridge of hills to the east side of the lower Spey Valley, near the confluence of the River Spey and River Fiddich. Janet Rickard suggested this walk on her “suggestion sheet” and your Committee included it in the 2015 programme. This is a through walk, so members who require a shorter walk, please indicate your intentions with your Committee Member in charge, prior to leaving the bus.
The walk commences on the B9103, Mulben/Orton road where the road and railway line are about to cross the River Spey. A Speyside Way signpost guides us up steps and onwards towards Bridgeton Farm. At NGR 324 512, a track branches right (S’wards) into Ben Aigan forest. Follow this track as it contours the lower slopes of Knock More, passes a junction where another forestry track joins it, and climbs uphill to a sharp bend where the Allt Daley is crossed. Three further bends are encountered and also cross smaller streams before a forest track branches left (NGR 299 493), before you reach the Sandyhill Burn. Take this track, and climb directly uphill to emerge from the trees onto the summit ridge of Ben Aigan, around the 400m map contour. The summit (471m or 1545 feet) of this hill with its Trig point lies approx. 1000m, SE’wards of this point. From the summit, head S’wards to pick up an old track at approx. NGR 311 477, among scattered trees and follow this downhill as it drops gradually SW’wards towards the farm of Tominachty. When the road past the farm is reached, either direction can be taken. (a) turning right leads downhill to rejoin the Speyside Way, where we turn left here and head for the A95, near the Fiddichside Inn. (b) turning left, passes the farm of Dowalls and onwards to the A95 at Wester Cauldwell. Turn right here, and head downhill for the Fiddichside Inn. We are now commenting on both routes. Cross the River Fiddich and follow the old rail trackbed up the wooded valley of Glen Fiddich (approx. 5 miles) to Dufftown, where our bus will be parked (NGR 323 399).
Walking distance approx. 10 miles.
Bus departs from Dufftown at 4.00pm
In the event of an emergency, the person in charge should be contacted, if possible, before the police are contacted.
Telephone number for Grampian Police is 0845 600 5700 OR 999.
Committee member in charge is Fiona Wallace
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