Date(s) - 11/12/2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: No
O/S Map Sheet No.: 30
Grid Ref. Start: 956 513
Grid Ref. Finish 991 484
Walk (Miles): 8
Walk Hours: 4
Bus Time to Walk:2 hrs
Bus Time from Walk: 1.5 hrs
Departure time from walk: 3:30 p.m.

Walk Notes

O.S.Map 30 (Fraserburgh).

N.B. 9.00am departure from Aberdeen.

Our walk today takes us into Aberdeenshire to visit the forest walks near Mintlaw. Graham Sangster suggested this walk and your Committee included it in our 2016 Programme. There are many paths in this forest, so please go with someone who can read a map and navigate properly. The walk is a through-route, so members who require a shorter, or different walk – please indicate your intentions with your committee member in charge of the bus.

The walk commences at the carpark of White Cow Wood (NGR 956 513) where we walk E’wards into the Forest of Deer. At a path junction, go left and follow the forest trail as it swings S’wards to arrive at a split in the route. Head SW’wards for about three quarters of a mile to another split in the route. Go left (SE’wards) to soon arrive at some houses (NGR 970 505) and turn left for about 300 yards and enter Drinnie’s Wood on your right near some picnic tables. Go S’wards past the old Observatory (you might want to visit there) and as the path swings (SW’wards) to a T junction. Go right (W’wards), without deviation, for almost a mile to reach Loudon Wood (NGR 958 496) at a T junction. Go left here (S’wards), for about 500 yards, to reach another junction. Go left here (E’wards), to eventually emerge from the forest into open ground and continue on this wide track towards Pitfour Lake (NGR 973 488) with its ruinous “folly”. Retrace your steps along the west side of the lake and follow the path round its north side. Cross the stone bridge at its far end and continue SE’wards. At the next junction, go left (S’wards) through the forest to soon emerge on to the A950 Mintlaw/New Pitsligo road. Follow the old disused railway line E’wards for about a mile to Mintlaw Station where our bus will be parked (NGR 991 484).

Bus departs at 3.30pm.

In the event of an emergency arising, the person in charge of the outing should be contacted, if possible, before the police are contacted.

Relevant telephone number for Grampian police is 0845 600 5700 OR 999.

Your committee member in charge is David Fenlon




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