Footprints Across Scotland
Why not make a few of your own!
7th November 2010
A fine late autumn walk around a couple of old favourites
My progress up to the picturesque glen Clova was interrupted by repairs to the Prosen bridge. Fortunately the diversion back through Memus and then Cortachy didn't add too much time to the Journey. The trees along the glen were still giving a fine display of autumn colour, especially the broad leaf varieties.
Driesh from Glen Clova
The car park on the edge of glen Doll forest was just starting to fill as I prepared my bag. Today I opted to climb the hills on a clockwise circuit so I took the bridge across the river that leads onto the Kilbo path. The path leads up through the pines before reaching a section of hillside containing wood remnants and tree stumps left over from a recent felling. The Scorrie lies above this area and was my chosen route up onto Driesh, however I continued on the Kilbo path a while as it rose alongside the forest edge. I left the path just as it was about to enter the trees, my initial thought was to traverse across the hillside and then follow the ridge up in a southerly direction. Left over timber had been pushed into rows to form a number of quite effective wooden fences that looked difficult to cross. Deciding to follow the line of a burn I set off on a more direct ascent, a deer fence had to be negotiated halfway up but there was enough of a horizontal gap in the wires to squeeze through. It was steep going but soon gave some good views over the glen Doll forest especially out towards Jocks road.
Glen Doll from the Scorrie
I could also see the Kilbo path as it escaped from the trees to etch a silvery line up the side of the Shank of Drumfollow. From the Scorrie the way levels and widens before the broad hillside rises gradually to me the level rock strewn area.
Glen Clova from the Scorrie
The top was empty as I arrived and sat down to enjoy a sandwich but this didn't remain the case for long as the summit area soon filled with a steady stream of walkers. A number of students from Edinburgh took advantage of the inner sanctum of the circular cairn while an older group arrived steadily in dribs and drabs. They apparently numbered around 30 or so and were destined for the glen Clova hotel "just a suitable place to meet the bus" suggested the leader! But I guess some liquid reward would also be in order, although one or two had decided their reward should come early and were already sampling some slough gin while waiting for the stragglers. I bade them farewell and headed to the bealach at the top of the shank of Drumfollow and then began a stroll across the wide level ridge towards Mayar.
Mayar from Driesh
The wind had stiffened a bit and was very cold so after enjoying the views I postponed tea and started my descent toward Corrie Fee.
Driesh from Mayar
The grassy slopes lead easily down to a slightly boggy section before a good path wound its way down into the depths of the corrie. Some care was required as plenty of the stones were covered in ice but it wasn't too long before I was on the gravel track following the Fee burn. I noticed that the style that used to mark the entrance to the forest from corrie Fee was no longer in place. I paused while taking in the shady view of the corrie before continuing the gentle descent through the forest and back to the car park.
It had been quite a quick but enjoyable round of about 4 hours but the clear sky and sun had now disappeared behind gathering clouds so I felt I had seen the best of a fine day.
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