Walk: Up the boggy Buck
|[The route follows a line of fence posts: most of the ascent can be seen here]|
The Buck marks the northern terminus of a broad, heathery ridge straddling the border between Moray and Aberdeenshire. The B9002 contours its northern slopes, allowing a short, direct ascent which can be a real bog slog at times. Fortunately there's a saving grace in the excellent summit views, especially north-east over Aberdeenshire towards the Tap o' Noth and Strathbogie. Definitely one to save for a clear day - if there's been recent heavy rain, forget it.
|[Interesting cloud layers around at the summit today]|
Name: Walk: Up the boggy Buck ★★☆☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 290 metres
Main summits: The Buck (721 metres, Graham)
Start / finish: Layby on B9002 just south of A941 junction, G.R.: NJ 420255 / shadow thumps height
Route: Layby - gate at G.R.: NJ 421253 - Dryford How - The Buck - return by outward route
Terrain: Short section of road, then boggy track, then wet path for the ascent which gets progressively drier with height.
Wildlife today: Sheep around the start.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy with some sunshine; a few melting snow patches.
|[View to the distant Cairngorms from the summit]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands