Happy New Year to all hillwalkers reading this. The Club roared (or rather spluttered) into the new decade with a walk up Bennachie (also known as the Aberdonian’s Munro).
The walk was originally scheduled for Saturday 4th January. Due to the bad weather forecast and the low numbers of people who said they would be coming, a decision was taken to rearrange the walk for the Sunday when there was a better forecast. Unfortunately, this message didn’t reach all members of the Club with the result that some turned up on the Saturday.
Apologies for the inconvenience if this was you. One brave walker even ventured up the hill in the driech weather – we are Grateful that he did not end up Dead in the conditions.
All Club Members are reminded that they need to let the Club Secretary know if they are coming on the walk in advance so that any late changes to planned walks can be properly arranged and communicated.
Sunday dawned much brighter with clear views. Five of us set out on the walk. Starting at the Back o’Bennachie Car Park we headed in a west to east direction going over the tops of Hermit Seat. Watch Craig, Oxen Craig, Mither Tap and Craigshannoch. Going was easy on the good paths although the wind was very strong on the summits and plateau. As is normal Oxen Craig and Mither Tap were crowded with people with dogs, toddlers, family groups and mountain bikers all enjoying the views. The only snow to be seen was on the distant Cairngorms and even this was only patchy, highlighting how unseasonably warm it has been of late.
Bennachie has a fascinating history and many books have been written about the hill. Our Iron Age ancestors must have been very hardy to sit in a fort on the summit with the fleshpots of Kemnay and Insch a stone’s throw away. Bennachie has also been suggested as the site for the battle of Mons Graupius between the Roman and Caledonian armies in AD83 – an early example of a dispute about hill access!
Next month we are off to the seaside!