Date/TimeDate(s) - 30/09/2012
Walk DetailsPub Stop?: No O/S Map Sheet No.: 36 Grid Ref. Start: Grid Ref. Finish Walk (Miles): 12 Walk Hours: 6 Bus Time to Walk: Bus Time from Walk: Departure time from walk:
Today, our walk takes us into the Glenlivet Estate where the Crown Estate welcomes “visitors who wish to explore the trails for walking, cycling and informal recreation”. The Estate asks us to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) at all times. Pat Alison and Hamish Clunas included this walk in their “suggestion sheet” for the 2012 Programme and, this outing was included by your Committee. Once again, this is a through-walk, so if any member(s) require(s) a shorter walk, they would have to stay on the bus, travel to the pick-up point and do some walking in the Tomnavoulin area. Please discuss this with your Committee member in charge of the bus today, so that early discussions can take place with the driver.
The walk commences at the Well of Lecht (NGR 234 152) at a picnic area on a sharp bend on the A939. Take the path northwards (ignore the signpost which indicates a public footpath to Chapeltown as this is very badly overgrown) which passes the old building of the Lecht Mine and climbs the eastern shoulder of Carn Dulack (664m). Our path emerges onto a heathery col to a cairn (666m) at NGR 238 173. Continue on a path through the fence, and descend N’wards which leads to the bottom of the Clash of Scalan ravine and onwards (NE’wards) on a good path to reach the College of Scalan. Continue N’wards to Chapeltown passing the distillery on your left side. Further along this secondary road, take a road which branches off NE at a telephone box. This road heads towards Rindhu farm but branches off at a split in the track towards Eskemore and Badievochel farm and The Bochel circuit of marked paths. Please keep a sharp lookout for the trail markers as they are on small marker poles. Climb (optional) to the summit of The Bochel (491m) with wonderful views over the Braes of Glenlivet. Retrace your steps from the summit and head northwards along the path towards (BUT DO NOT GO TO) Glack farm and continue (NW’wards) on this path leading along the east side of the Crombie Water, on the west side of Carn Tullich, to a footbridge over the Crombie Water. Cross the bridge and follow the marked trail to another footbridge over the River Livet. Continue on this track to gain an unclassified road towards Tombae and the bus parked near Tomnavoulin Quarry (NGR 218 258).