Footprints Across Scotland
Why not make a few of your own!
3rd May 2009
A wander up through Corrie Fee on to Driesh and Mayar
There was a definite feeling of spring in the air as Gillian and I made our way up through glen Clova and into glen Doll. The many young lambs were in playful mood and brightly coloured pheasant could be seen strutting their stuff in the surrounding fields and along the road side. Arriving at the car park we could see that a new information centre had been built to replace the old toilets and visitor hut.
South Esk river at glen Doll
The fresh winds blowing meant the weather would be continually changing, providing plenty of sunshine and showers. The longest interval of rain caught us as we climbed through the trees of glen Doll. It looked like it was going to be a prolonged spell as the skies had grayed all around so we took shelter under the pines. However it wasn't too long before the skies brightened and we were on our way again soon reaching the forest edge as the path lead into corrie Fee. The entrance to the corrie provides a wonderful view point with steep hillsides left and right and a waterfall cascading down at the head.
We paused here to soak up the views and allow the sun to start drying our cloths. The path has much improved in recent years and eases the way up through the Corrie to the waterfall at the top of the Fee burn.
Looking back down Corrie Fee
Allowing the boys brigade right of passage as they made their eager descent we climbed up past the waterfall. The final grassy slopes tested calf muscles but we were soon at the top and picking out the mountains over toward Lochnagar in the north. It was time to have lunch so we dropped slightly from the summit of Mayar to find a sheltered spot out of the wind. From here we could survey the route ahead across a broad grassy ridge to the slopes of Driesh.
Driesh from Mayar
A pleasant stroll was enjoyed across this fairly level section before a rising traverse across little Driesh took us to the windbreak cairn that surrounds the trig' point on Driesh itself. Gillian said she was happy to continue on past the summit and tackle the steep descent down the Scorrie. A long and easy slope lead us across the hillside over some boggy ground to gain views down glen Clover from above Winter corrie.
Gillian near the top of the Scorrie
Rainbows came and went as we walked around the cliff edge to the start of our descent down the Scorrie.
After discussing various ways of getting down, hang gliding, para sending etc we were left with the only option open to us.
Glen Doll from the top of the Scorrie
The walk down tested knee joints and thigh muscles but didn't provide too much difficulty but just muddied trousers near the bottom (of the hill that is).
Glen Doll through a rainbow
A pleasant amble through the woods and across the bridge near glen Doll lodge and we were soon back at the car park at the end of a fine days hill walking.
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