Date/TimeDate(s) - 14/10/2012
Walk DetailsPub Stop?: No O/S Map Sheet No.: 44 Grid Ref. Start: Grid Ref. Finish Walk (Miles): 11 Walk Hours: 5.5 Bus Time to Walk: Bus Time from Walk: Departure time from walk:
Today, we are back in arguably the prettiest of the Angus Glens – Glen Clova. Two walks are suggested below, but this area throws up many terrific walks and climbs, so you are not spoiled for choice. The bus will be parked at the end of the Glen Clova road all day at NGR 285 761, opposite the bridge over the River South Esk. Crossing this bridge is not suitable for large buses, hence the parking spot chosen.
(1) Cairn Broadlands (852m) and Craig Mellon (866m). From the bus, head northwards up Glen Clova on a wide track towards Moulzie farm and continue up the glen, crossing the river by a new footbridge, to where the track veers W’wards. About 400m upstream from the bridge, leave the track and climb steeply SW up the Strone (no path), free of significant obstruction and keeping a stream gully to your right. Higher up, the gradient eases and you get a marvelously elevated view of the glen below. Once on the plateau, wander over grass and heather to the summit of Cairn Broadlands. The next top Craig Mellon is but an easy 1km stroll away to the SW. From this top, head westwards over a wide expanse of grass and heather dotted with the occasional peat hag to arrive at Cairn Damff (846m). From this lofty peak close to the edge of the escarpment, with fine views to your left plunging down into Glen Doll, – this is a place impossible to resist at least one photograph. Beyond the summit, descend westwards down a largely rock free slope to meet the historic “Jock’s Road”. Turn left and descend SE into Glen Doll and the path back through the forest to the ranger center, via. a farm at Acharn. Cross the bridge over the South Esk to our awaiting bus.
Walking distance = approx. 11 miles.
(2) Dreish (947m) and Mayar (928m). From the bus, cross the bridge over the South Esk and walk through the car park, past the visitor centre. Head westwards into Glen Doll, past Acharn and turn south to cross the bridge over the White Water burn and enter Glen Doll forest. Climb (SW’wards) the Shank of Drumfollow on a good path to gain the col at around NGR 258 739. Pick up a path heading SE’wards to climb to the summit trig point of Dreish. Retrace your steps back to the col at the top of Shank of Drumfollow and pick up a path heading westwards, which crosses the head of the Kilbo Path coming up from Glen Prosen. However, keep heading westwards and climb to the summit of Mayar. From the summit, descend northwards to pick up the Fee Burn (NGR 241 747) and follow the track down into spectacular Corrie Fee on the refurbished path on the SE side of the Fee Burn cascades. This is a truely fabulous part of the walk. Follow this path to the very edge of Glendoll Forest. Continue on this path NE’wards through the forest, cross the bridge over the White Water burn and join a wide track heading eastwards back through Glen Doll to the visitor centre car park and the bus parked on the other side of the River South Esk bridge (NGR 285 761).